Installing stone veneers at your Salt Lake City home or business is easier than you might think. Although this job is best left to the professionals, you might try tackling it if you are a truly devoted DIYer. Either way, there are a few things you need to remember when you’re installing manufactured stone siding from Harristone.

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Stone Veneer Instal Over Wood Substrate

Harriston Stone Veneer Installation Instructions

  1. On a clean surface, the veneer may be applied directly to a masonry backing without mesh. Painted or waterproofed masonry surfaces should be cleaned and sandblasted to provide a good bond surface.

  2. Apply Type-S (or equivalent) cement mortar at least ½” thick.

  3. Install Harristone Veneer.

  4. Brush, tool and rake the Type-S (or equivalent) mortar joint.

Harristone is a tested and proven product. See G.S. Harris Co., Inc. installation specification and ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. Evaluation Report # ESR-1593 reissued October 2021, for allowable values and/or conditions of use for all materials presented in this document.

  • Harristone Precast Stone Veneer is used as an adhered wall veneer.

  • Download our Harristone Install Guide HERE.

  • Download our ICC-ES #1593 Report HERE.

NOTE: All installations must comply with local building codes and manufacturer’s specifications.

  1. Install structurally sound wood substrate.

  2. Apply two layers of Grade-D building paper.

  3. Attach 3.4 metal lath or #17 gauge, 1-½” woven wire stucco mesh.

  4. Apply a scratch coat of Type-S mortar (or equivalent) approximately ½” thick over the metal lath or stucco wire.

  5. Apply a ¾” thick Type-S (or equivalent) mortar setting bed to the back of each Harristone and press the stone into place over a moistened scratch coat.

  6. Brush, tool and rake the Type-S (or equivalent) mortar joint.

Have a question about installation? Please feel free to call us: 888-878-6631. One of our staff will gladly help you.

What Is Manufactured Stone Siding?

Many homeowners and businessowners love the look that stone siding brings to their structures. Whether you’re adding it to the façade, as a kitchen backsplash, to a chimney or elsewhere, stone is a strong, natural, building material that brings true beauty to any space.

But natural stone is heavy. That’s why it costs so much to quarry and transport it, and that’s why stoneworkers charge so much for their craft. Manufactured stone, on the other hand, is lighter weight, can be created onsite and is much easier to work with.

At Harristone, we hand-select natural stones from quarries all over the U.S. and we use them as models to make molds for our manufactured stone siding. We make our stone veneers out of an aggregate of materials along with coloring to closely reproduce the look of natural stone. We then affix the stones to sturdy panels that you can install quickly and easily — or you can opt for loose stone to make your own design.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Installing Manufactured Stone Siding

One of the benefits of using manufactured stone siding is that it weighs significantly less than natural stone. Some buildings, in fact, are not structurally strong enough to bear the weight of natural stone. Manufactured stone siding is perfect for such structures.

Although manufactured stone siding is lighter weight than natural stone, it still must be affixed to a strong frame or base, such as wood or concrete. Manufactured stone siding is not weight-bearing — it is akin to any other type of siding with regard to structural support.

When you are installing manufactured stone siding over concrete, you must be sure it is clean first so that the product adheres properly. Manufactured stone siding is lightweight, but you still want to ensure it does not separate from and fall off your building’s walls.

Next you simply adhere the manufactured stone siding with the recommended mortar product.

When installing manufactured stone siding over wood, you must follow a few extra steps. You must cover the wood with building paper to prevent moisture intrusion (if you’re installing the product outdoors), and you need a layer of metal lath or stucco mesh as a base to attach the manufactured stone siding.

Depending on the type of stone veneers being used, you may or may not need to fill in the spaces between the stones with grout.

Harristone Stone Siding in Salt Lake City

Harristone stone veneers started out in Ogden, Utah, and today we serve Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; Billings, Montana; and other cities throughout the Northwest. We’re a family-owned and operated business working with builders and homeowners for more than 50 years. You can trust our craftsmanship and integrity.