Using Stone Veneer Mortar
Featured Product: Stone Veneer Mortar
- In this application, stone veneer is being placed over plywood.
- It is important to install a water resistant barrier prior to installing the stone veneer.
- Once the barrier is in place, metal lath is nailed to the plywood.
NOTE: Stone Veneer can be installed over concrete, block or wood surfaces.
- Mortar can be mixed in a wheelbarrow, mortar pan or mixer, the important part is to make sure you use the proper amount of water. Too much water will weaken the mix, too little will make it difficult to hold the stones in place.
- In addition, varying the amount of water from bag to bag can cause color differences in the mortar.
- Apply a scratch coat over the metal lath. The mortar should be applied approximately 1/2 inch thick, ensuring the lath is completely covered and be allowed to set at least 12 hours before setting stone.
- Under very hot conditions, it may be necessary to moisten the mortar while it is curing, to keep it from cracking.
- Once the scratch and brown coat is in place, we are ready to set the stone veneer.
- If your design requires smaller pieces, the stones are fairly easy to reshape using a chipping hammer.
- Begin setting the stones starting at the corner and at the lowest part of the wall and working your way up.
- Begin by placing a bed of mortar on the back of the stone. After applying the mortar, use a trowel to create a space in the center of the mortar, this will help with adhesion.
- Press the stone firmly into place, using a twisting motion, the mortar should gently push out from behind the stone. Hold the stone in place only long enough to make sure it doesn’t slide.
- As you add each stone, be careful not to get mortar on the face of the stone, if this does occur, simply wipe off with a wet rag before it has a chance to dry.
- Once all of the stones are in place, you will need to add mortar to the joints between the stones. The neatest and fastest way to do this is with a grout bag.
- Using a twisting motion, squeeze the mortar into the joints, allow the mortar to stiffen and then smooth with a joining tool, for a beautifully finished stone veneer application.
Note: Mortar is only a part of the larger process of installing stone veneer. As such, the information provided here should be used in conjunction with “Installation Guidelines for Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer" and local building code requirements.
Tip: When using Sakrete Stone Veneer Mortar on an existing block wall to adhere veneers, dampen the wall surface to a SSD condition (Saturated Surface-Dry). This critical step prevents the surface from drying out the mortar prematurely.
For complete product information, please refer to the product data sheet.
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- Post Setting - Round Post
- Post Setting - Square Post
- Filling a Round Hole (For Post Supports) and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Polymeric Sand/Paver Set/Perma Sand
- US Cold Patch
- All Weather Black Top Patch
- Maximizer Post Setting - Round Post
- Maximizer Post Setting - Square Post
- Maximizer Filling a Round Hole and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Mortar Mix
- Surface Bonding Cement
- Top'n Bond & Flo-Coat
- B-1 Leveler
Calculated results will reflect how many bags are needed for Block and Brick.
Enter the number of bricks (8" x 2" x 4") or blocks (8" x 8" x16") in the box below that you plan to use for your project. The calculator will then tell you the number of bags you need based on the different size of bags we carry.
This calculator is based on a 3/8" mortar joint. All yields are approximate and do not include an allowance for waste, uneven subgrade or any other variations from the joint size and brick and block sizes noted above.
Results will change if form of measurement is updated.