Adding stone veneers to your home’s exterior or interior can be an excellent way to upgrade the look of your home. With the right tools and some basic knowledge, you can install stone veneers by yourself, saving on installation costs. This guide will provide you with everything you need to know about how to install stone veneers on your own.
What are Stone Veneers?
Stone veneers are made from real natural stone that has been cut or split into thin pieces – typically somewhere between .75 and 1.5 inches thick. They differ from concrete veneers which are man-made. You can use stone veneer for different applications such as walls, fireplaces, and exteriors. Stone veneers are available in various sizes, colors, and shapes. At Wicki Stone we only sell natural stone veneers – both thin and thick, we do not sell concrete veneers.
Tools and Materials Needed
Before installing stone veneers, ensure that you have all the necessary tools and materials. You will need the following items:
- Stone Veneers
- Stone Veneer Mortar
- Masonry Trowel
- Tile Saw or Angle Grinder with a Diamond Blade
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Sponge or Hose
It’s essential to ensure that all the tools are in good condition and are within reach before starting the installation process.
It is vital that a barrier is put between any veneer stone and siding materials on the exterior of a home – this is especially true if the stone is going up against wood. Please research Water Resistive Barriers and Weep Screeds as well as proper waterproofing and potential barrier layering – if you are planning an outdoor installation – or any installation where water or excessive moisture can be an issue.
Before starting to install stone veneers, you need to make sure that the surface is clean and stable. If you are installing stone veneers on an exterior surface such as concrete, ensure that the surface is clean and free from dirt, dust, and debris. For interior walls, ensure that the surface is stable and flat. If there are any cracks or uneven surfaces, use patching compounds to fill the gaps. Allow the surface to dry completely before the installation process.
The application process of stone veneers depends on the surface and type of stone veneers you have. Follow the steps below for a successful installation.
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Stone Veneers
Measure the surface and cut the veneers to fit the surface if required. To cut a veneer precisely, use a wet saw or a handheld tile saw with a diamond blade. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris.
Step 2: Apply Mortar to the Surface
Using a masonry trowel, apply a 1/2-inch layer of mortar to the surface. Evenly spread the mortar to ensure the stone veneers adhere firmly.
Step 3: Apply Mortar to the Back of the Stone Veneer
Using a trowel, apply a 1/2-inch layer of mortar to the back of the stone veneer. Ensure that you cover the edges and corners thoroughly.
Step 4: Install the Stone Veneers
Place the stone veneer onto the surface, press it firmly into the mortar, and wiggle it a bit to spread the mortar. Ensure that the veneer is level with the surface. Install subsequent veneers using the same procedure, leaving a gap of 1/2 inch between the veneers.
Step 5: Fill Gaps with Mortar
Use a trowel to fill gaps between the veneers with mortar. Ensure that you fill the gaps and scrape off any excess mortar on the surface of the veneer.
Step 6: Cleaning and Finishing
Allow the mortar to dry for about 24 to 48 hours. Once the mortar is dry, use a damp sponge or a hose to clean the surface of the stone veneers and remove any excess residue.
Can I install stone veneers on my own?
Yes, you can install stone veneers by yourself. However, it can be a time-consuming process and requires some basic knowledge, tools, and precautions.
Do I need any special training to install stone veneers?
No, you do not need any special training to install stone veneers. However, it’s essential to get some basic knowledge about the installation process and ensure that you have all the necessary tools to complete the task.
How much does it cost to install stone veneers?
The cost of installing stone veneers depends on the size of the surface, the type of stone veneers, and the complexity of the installation process. Hiring a professional installer can be the best way to assure a proper installation. Many installers will charge by the day or square foot. However, if you choose to install the stone veneers yourself, the cost can be significantly lower, depending on the materials you use. Natural stone veneer can cost anywhere from $6 to $25 a square foot for the stone itself.
DIY stone veneer installation can be a rewarding and cost-effective project that can transform your home’s interior or exterior. Ensure that you have all the necessary tools and materials before starting the installation process. Follow the steps mentioned above for a successful installation. However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, hire a professional installer to ensure that the job is done correctly.
Wicki Stone cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions amendments or suitability.