How to Apply a Natural Stone Veneer

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Natural stone veneer can add the beauty of natural stone to your home. This treatment can be applied to masonry surfaces including concrete block, brick and cement. Natural stone veneer comes in a large selection of styles. Choose a style that will complement your home. For example, you might select field stone veneer to accent a country cottage-style home. Preparing the surface and laying out the stone veneer prior to installing it is an important part of the process and will allow the installation to be completed effectively.

Things You'll Need

  • Stone veneer
  • Masonry brush
  • Bucket of water
  • Washed sand
  • Portland cement
  • Mixing trough
  • Trowel
  • Grout bag
  • Striking tool
  • Lay out the stone veneer on a work surface in the same configuration you would like it to appear on the masonry surface.

  • Wet a masonry brush in a water bucket, and dampen the masonry surface. This will prevent the surface from absorbing the moisture in the mortar mix. If the masonry surface is painted, the paint must be removed first.

  • Pour two parts washed sand and one part Portland cement into a mixing trough. Add water until a thick batter consistency is achieved.

  • Spread an even 1/2-inch-thick layer onto the masonry surface with a trowel.

  • Dampen the back of each stone veneer with a masonry brush. Apply a thin layer of mortar to the back of each stone with a trowel as your press it in place against the masonry surface. Rotate the veneer slightly as you press it into place to remove any air pockets in the mortar. Install the veneer in rows from one end of the surface to the other. Allow the mortar to dry overnight.

  • Fill a grout bag with mortar. Grout the joints between the stone veneer using the grout bag. Create even grout lines by dragging a striking tool along all of the joints.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mix up small amounts of mortar at a time so the mortar does not become too dried out and remains consistent for the entire application process.
  • Wear hand and face protection when installing stone veneer.

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