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How to Install Stone Veneer

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Be sure to follow local building codes and our ICC ESR #1593 for proper installation before looking at any other installation recommendations.


Installing stone veneer can be a great way to instantly add value and style to your home. Whether you’re looking for the classic look of brick or stone or want something more modern and contemporary, installing stone veneer is relatively easy and can transform any area of your home. At Harristone, we will help you make some of the best stone veneers your home will ever have. Here’s how to install stone veneer in your home.

How to Install Stone Veneer

Benefits of Installing Stone Veneer


Before we talk about the steps for installation, let’s discuss the benefits of installing stone veneers. One of the biggest advantages is that stone veneers can be installed without any major construction. It’s a fraction of the cost and time investment compared to professionally installed brick or real stone. Stone veneer also increases the value of your home by adding curb appeal and making it look more upscale. It also offers a protective layer against water damage, making it ideal for bathrooms or kitchens.


Preparations Before Installing Stone Veneer


Before you start installing stone veneer, there are a few preparations that need to be made. First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure the surface is clean and free of any dirt or debris. You should also take measures to ensure that the area is level, as uneven surfaces can cause problems with installation. You may need to add a moisture barrier or waterproofing material to the area prior to installation, especially if it is outdoors or in an area with exposed pipes or fixtures.


Steps to Install Stone Veneer


Measure and Cut the Stones


Once you’ve completed the preparations, it’s time to measure and cut the stones for installation. This is an important step in order to get a professional look. Take your measurements and make sure they are precise before you start cutting. When cutting stone veneer, always use protective eye gear and a dust mask to protect yourself from small particles.


Apply Mortar/Adhesive onto the Wall


After you’ve cut the stones, you’ll need to apply mortar or adhesive onto the wall. It’s important to use a high-quality product that has been designed for use with stone veneer. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging closely and be thorough in your application. Allow the mortar or adhesive to dry completely before continuing.


Install the Stones


Once the mortar or adhesive is dry, it’s time to install the stones. Starting at the bottom of the wall, place each stone onto the wall, making sure to press firmly and evenly. Use a level and a rubber mallet if necessary in order to make sure that each stone is even. Use spacers if needed to make sure each stone is installed with the correct amount of space in between them.


Grout and Seal the Stones


After all of the stones are installed, you’ll need to grout and seal them. This will ensure that they remain firmly attached to the wall and help prevent water damage. Start by mixing the grout according to the instructions on the package and spread it between each stone. Allow the grout to dry completely before applying a sealant or waterproofing material to protect it from water damage.


Finishing Touches


Once you’ve applied the grout and sealant, your stone veneer installation is complete. The final step is to give it a few finishing touches. You can add caulking around the edges and corners, as well as apply a decorative sealant or grout colorant for an extra pop of color.


Get The Best Stone Veneer Company In The Business


Installing stone veneers is a great way to enhance any area of your home with style and sophistication. With the right preparation and tools, you can achieve a professional look with minimal effort. From measuring and cutting stones to grouting and sealing them, following these steps will ensure that your stone veneer installation is a success. At Harristone, we understand the intricacies and nuances of every individual stone veneer project and we will help your home look exactly how you want it to. Contact us today to learn more about how our work can help you achieve your dream look. We have locations in Salt Lake City, North Ogden, and in outside states.

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