How to Install Brick Veneer on a Concrete Foundation

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A concrete foundation can look plain and unattractive; spruce it up, and transform your home's appearance, with a brick veneer. Attaching a brick veneer to your concrete foundation requires very little prep work, and you can complete the task with basic construction knowledge.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular saw with masonry blade
  • Mortar
  • Quickset
  • Trowel
  • Wooden dowel rod
  • Grout bag
  • Grout
  • Cut the stone veneer to size using a circular saw with a masonry blade attached to it. Pre-fit the stone to the wall to ensure you have all of the necessary pieces cut before you start attaching the veneer to the wall.

  • Mix your mortar with a small amount of quickset. Quickset will help the mortar adhere between the veneer and the concrete foundation and prevent slipping from the veneer.

  • Place a layer of mortar (approximately ½-inch to ¾-inch thick) onto the back of the veneer and then place the veneer on the top corner of the concrete foundation. Wiggle the veneer slightly to set the mortar and push against the veneer to squeeze out excess mortar.

  • Apply all of the remaining pieces of veneer as you did in step three but leave a ¼-inch gap between each veneer for grouting.

  • Press the mortar into the grooves with the tip of a wire brush or a wooden dowel rod an hour after you complete installing the veneer. Remove any excess mortar from the grooves. Brush any mortar splash off the veneer with a wire brush.

  • Fill a grout bag full of grout and then wrap the open end to apply pressure to the grout. Cut a 5/8-inch hole in the bottom corner of the grout bag and squeeze the grout from the bag into the grout lines on the veneer.

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