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Stone Veneer Facing Made Fast

Posted on October 10, 2013

Stone facing is a long and complex process. This article describes many steps involved in conventional masonry while shedding light on the advantages of imitation stone panels. These steps could otherwise be avoided using fake stone panels which provide a better look at a fraction of the price. Also, there are different unseen expenses that are overlooked in the initial proposal for the project.

The crew needed for the project is another factor that can add a large expense, especially if the project runs into delays due to bad weather which doesn't affect faux stone panel installation. Stone facing can be broken down into a couple of steps which highlight the disadvantages of using this process. Observe the picture below to get an idea of the various steps involved.

Learn The Process And Choose For Yourself

The first step requires choosing a method for securing the base mortar coat. Once you have chosen the surface then get the vertical substrate ready which means laying down the base mortar coat adding more time to the project.

The substrate or underlying wall where the stone is being placed has to meet certain requirements before being set. It must be strong enough to hold the weight of the stone cladding so a wooden frame won’t hold up. It also needs to have a waterproof barrier which is extremely important. Usually, cinder block or steel substrates are needed to give support to the masonry veneer.

Masonry veneer means stone facing that has no load-bearing components but still requires a lot of preparation work before installing. Even though it has no load-bearing affect the masonry still needs to have a drainage cavity for projects that may encounter moisture. The drainage cavity allows for moisture to be disposed of properly so the interior wall isn't destroyed by moisture deterioration.

Masonry projects cost as much to maintain as they cost to build according to, mason contractors (OCTOBER 25, 2010 9:30 AM CDT). This maintenance is usually due to one of the many factors that can go wrong in masonry. Then the masonry crew must build a flashing system at the base of the veneer. The flashing system is designed to prevent moisture from deteriorating the joints and mortar in the wall.

Moisture is the main factor that really hurts most masonry projects and requires more labor because creating the flashing system is an expensive and necessary process. Masonry cladding also requires lateral support in order to reinforce the stone facing. All of these steps and more must be considered in any masonry project because time is money and the more time a project takes the more money it costs to finish.

The Logical Choice

Stone close-up

Stone close-up

After all of these steps, there are still many aspects and factors that require more in-depth review which will be discussed in future articles. With the basic overview above we can easily see the long and expensive process, it takes to build using the natural stone facing process. Imitation stone panels could easily create the same or better result in a fraction of the time it takes to place the natural stone. Check out some of the panels here.

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