A stone veneer is a fantastic way to enhance the aesthetics of any wall in or outside your property.
Adding a stone veneer is a much more cost-effective alternative to investing in actual expensive masonry.
There is no denying that stone can look fantastic in construction, as well as providing a very functional material.
However, it is expensive to use natural stone extensively in construction.
Before you lay down your first stone veneer, here are four DIY tips that you need to know.
Make Sure You Cut The Lath Properly
When you are cutting the lath, it is essential that you have proper safety gloves and glasses on.
You should also have access to appropriate cutting tools, such as a diamond blade on an angle grinder.
Cutting a metal lath is more challenging than many people realize.
The lath will often come in separate sheets, cutting these sheets while they are lying flat on the ground is much easier than trying to cut them while partially lifting them.
Using this technique will also no prevent the lath from bending as you are cutting it.
Lay Out The Veneer Before You Begin
Before you begin installing your stone veneer, you should first lay everything out on the floor.
This will ensure that you have enough material to cover the space.
If you are using a combination of different thin stone veneer finishes, it will also give you the opportunity to see them side by side and get a sneak peek at how they will look next to one another.
Dampen The Surface
Prior to installation, you should lightly dampen the concrete or other surface that you are applying the stone veneer to.
If there is too much water, the mortar can end up becoming runny and you will have difficulty getting your veneer to split.
However, a lightly damp surface will not only help the stone veneer to adhere properly, but it will also so keep the pieces clean from dirt and dust.
Use Proper Application Technique
It is essential to use the proper technique to apply a veneer if you want it to stick.
Begin by applying the corners first, and from there, work your way up from the bottom.
In each corner, there is both a long leg and a short leg, you should alternate between them when you are laying the corners down.
This will give the stone a staggered pattern and will prevent a straight joint from running the length of the corner and ruining the visual effect.
Once you have done the corners, you should then cover the flat part of the wall by beginning at the top and working your way down.
This will ensure that any debris that falls down does not stick to the face of the veneer.
Adding a stone veneer can instantly make any surface on your property look more attractive and interesting.
Just make sure that you plan out what you are going to do before you do it, as repairing a veneer later can be a real pain.