Stone Veneer Wall Construction Tips Stone Veneer Wall Construction Tips

A stone veneer wall is constructed by first putting up a structural wall made of concrete or cinderblocks. Then stone veneer (flat, thin stones) is applied to the face of the wall using mortar. It looks like a real stone wall, but it takes less time and money to put up. Here are a few tips for constructing your own stone veneer wall.

Planning

Decide where you want your stone veneer wall. Then take measurements and draw your yard to scale on a sheet of graph paper. Use this to help you design the wall. On a second sheet of graph paper, draw the plans for the wall. Next, go outside to where the stone veneer wall will be constructed. Put a stake in all of the corners and at the beginning and end of the wall design according to the plans you drew up. Connect all of the stakes with string. If you don't like what you see and want to make changes, move the stakes and reattach the string. Revise your plans as necessary.

Materials

Stone veneer is very realistic looking. It is difficult for many geologists to tell the difference between stone veneer and natural stone. However, if you want the look of your stone veneer wall to be as natural as possible, make sure your stone veneer comes to you in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Using an Existing Wall

You don't have to tear down your old walls and put up new ones to construct a stone veneer wall. If you have an existing wall that you want to apply the stone veneer to, the first step is to make sure it is completely clean. Any dirt, sand or other loose particles could affect how well the mortar sticks to the wall. Masonry walls can have the mortar and stones applied directly to them but walls made of wood or stucco, for example, need a waterproof barrier, metal lath, and a scratch coat before you can begin.

Know When to Call a Professional

It is possible for a more experienced do-it-yourselfer to construct their own stone veneer wall. If you are not installing stone veneer over an existing wall, though, you should consider calling in a professional for a consult and possibly to get the project started. A professional mason can give you advice on–among other things–where to build your wall, whether or not you will have to seal it, and what materials you should use based on the conditions on your property and the climate. Also, you will save yourself a considerable amount of time by having the mason construct the structural wall for you. Getting advice the first time around will prevent mistakes that could cause you to have to hire a professional anyway to fix them.

Check Building Codes and Zoning Laws

Before you begin construction on your stone veneer wall, check with the town or city to find out what is required from you. At the very least you will likely need a building permit. Failure to comply with local building codes and laws could result in fines and you will have to take the wall down. Also, take the time to figure out where your property line is.

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