How to Install Stone Veneer Siding around Windows
Stone veneer siding is an excellent way to improve both the long term stability and the outward appearance of your home. This siding is popular for use in ground spaces outside, but it's also commonly used for exterior walls and other vertical surfaces. It is durable, easy to install and requires very little maintenance after it is in place. This makes stone veneer siding an excellent choice. When you install stone veneer siding around windows, you should follow these instructions for the best results.
Step 1 - Remove Any Existing Siding
If you have wood siding around your windows, you'll want to remove it before you begin installing the stone veneer siding. This can be done by using a prying tool and a hammer to remove any nails that may be attaching the wood siding to the wall. Take these out and dispose of them safely and carefully. Look to the moisture guard underneath the siding. If it has any holes or damaged areas, you'll need to install a new moisture guard by using a nail gun to attach it at the ends of the material itself.
Step 2 - Prepare the Metal Lath
You'll next need to attach the metal lath to the wall. This helps to protect the moisture guard and the stone veneer. You can attach this on the ends with hammer and nails or with a power drill and screws.
Step 3 - Mix and Apply Mortar
Next, mix up the mortar batch in a wheelbarrow. Using a trowel, apply the mortar evenly to the wall. You'll only need this section to be about 1/4 inch thick, as it serves as a sticking point for the stones themselves. Leave plenty of space in between the mortar area and the window. In fact, you may wish to attach a semi permanent wood paneling on the outside of the window boxes in order to protect the window area from the mortar.
Step 4 - Place the Stones
Place the stones in the configuration that you'd like. It's important that you do this before the mortar dries, in order to accurately get them to stick into the wall.
Step 5 - Grout and Seal
Finally, mix up a batch of grout and apply it to the area in between the stones to help seal them. Once that has dried, coat all of the grout and the cracks in between the stones with sealant to help protect the building from moisture damage and other concerns as well.
All of the materials needed for this project can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store. In order to complete this project as best you can, do it on a moderate temperature day so that the stone doesn't set while it's particularly hot or cold outside.