6 Common Stone Veneer Mistakes Homeowners Make
Veneer stone is probably the most common stone that masonry contractors use in the construction of houses. The reason it is so popular and many people choose it is because it appears to look like a stone but in fact, it is concrete. Here are a few mistakes made in the installation of stone veneer.
Neglecting the Water-Resistant Barrier
The veneer installer is obliged to inspect the water-resistant barrier before installing the stone veneer. Areas that can cause penetrations must be inspected carefully and prior to the installation. If this inspection is done right from all angles then the project is okay.
Base Coats of Mortar Not Applied Properly
To ensure the proper installation of stone veneer, it is important that the base coat of mortar is applied to the stone cladding properly prior to the installation. This can be indicated by the metal lath which would be visible after installation and wouldn’t look good. It can be avoided by ensuring that the mortar is applied beforehand.
Corners Not Aligned
Everyone likes symmetry because it gives us satisfaction. It is a pleasure for our eyes to watch, like kitchen layout. A misaligned corner of a house or a wall would look very weird and ugly. The corner pieces are to be cut in a special way so they don’t create a weird look afterwards. The corner pieces are to be cut into a 45-degree angle and then they are ready to be lined up. A mitre-saw can be used to cut the pieces into a perfect 45-degree angle. This step is important for your walls to look symmetrical, aligned and beautiful.
Not Giving Enough Space Behind The Veneer Cladding
When the moisture gets inside the surface of the stone veneer, it needs to get dry before it causes any damage to the wall. It needs space for ventilation otherwise it will create problems for you like molds and decay building up on your walls. This is a very common mistake made by stone veneer contractors which can lead to lower lifespan of the stone veneer. You can overcome it by leaving a small space of about a quarter of an inch behind the veneer cladding so that the moisture has some space to dry up and this substantially lowers the risks of damages related to moisture.
Slipping Veneer Panels
Veneer panels are sometimes used in households because they look good and beautiful. Stone veneer panels are popular but there is a problem with them. They tend to slip off the surface of the wall within a short amount of time. It already takes time to attach them in the first place and when they slip off you will have to do the same process all over again, which can be frustrating to a few individuals. It can be easily fixed by using high-end mortar. There is mortar available in stores that are specifically made for stone veneer panels whether interior or exterior. Invest in a good quality mortar so that you don’t have to deal with this problem.
Gap Between The Panels
Talking about stone veneer panels, there is also a problem with the gap between them. These gaps are unwanted and they look ugly. It occurs when there are not properly installed. Some of the time, it is the bad masonry that is being used and sometimes it is the unevenness of the panels. If the panels are even slightly uneven, the panels will have a gap in between them and they are also difficult to align symmetrically.
If the panels are even then the surface they are being put on may be uneven or the support is not enough for the panels to rely on. Check for this problem and return the panels if you think they are uneven and if the wall is uneven then you should just have it fixed by making it flat and even for the panels to endorse themselves.
These are the common mistakes which are sometimes made by stone veneer contractors or DIYing homeowners when they are installing stone veneer in your house. Ensure you have the proper materials before starting a project so that your project isn’t delayed.