DIY Stacked Stone Cladding
Stacked stone cladding are perfect accents on retaining walls and pillars so if you want to give your home a facelift, you might want to invest in some lovely stone cladding. Not only will these stone claddings give your home an aesthetic appeal and lots of character, it will also help protect your home from fire. Note that stone panels used for claddings are fire resistant so by using these types of materials on your home, you can help prevent fires and protect your home.
Installing stacked cladding on your home walls and pillars is relatively easy and you do not have to have any extensive carpentry or masonry skills to get the job done.
Step 1 - Clean the Walls Before Your Install Your Stone Cladding
Before you install claddings, you need to clean up your walls first. If you have brick walls, you may use soap and water to wash off dust, dirt, and grime from the surface of the walls. When cleaning your walls, pay close attention to the corners and crevices. Dirt and grime usually stick to these areas so make sure you get them out before you install your claddings. After washing off your walls, let it dry completely.
If your walls have flaking paintwork, you need to remove the paint before you install the cladding. To do this, use your scraper or putty knife to scrape off the paint from the wall. You may also use some paint remover solution to get all the paint out.
Step 2 - Install the Stacked Stone Cladding From the Bottom Up
When working with your stone cladding, start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up. This way, you will have enough support for your stone panels to prevent them from falling off while you are working. To install the stacked stone cladding, apply ample amounts of adhesive at the back of the stone panel and on the surface of the wall. Make sure you apply the adhesive evenly and fill up all the cracks and hollow portions on the panel and on the walls.
After applying adhesive on the panels, place them firmly at the bottom of the wall to create a single row of stone panels. Make sure the first row of stone panels is perfectly aligned with each other. Allow the first row to dry first before you stack up the next row of stone claddings. This way, you will be able to create a strong base and prevent the stone panels from collapsing against each other.
Once the first row is dry, you may now stack up the rest of the stone panels on your walls. When stacking up stone panels, fix them in an offset pattern and not directly on top of each other. Stacking the stone panels on an offset pattern will help strengthen your cladding and at the same time, provide a nice design on your wall.
Step 3 - Fix the Corners
You do not need to buy special stone panels for your corners. With the use of a brick saw, you can cut some rock panels to form the corners of your walls. Use strong adhesive to install the stone panels on the corners.