Adding real stone to an existing building is generally very difficult, because a foundation or footings must be poured to support the weight. Unlike real stone or brick, faux stone veneer from Best Stoneworks does not require a foundation or footings. This saves you a lot of time and money.
The veneer can be installed over any solid substrate including drywall, stucco, brick or any other sheathing material. Best Stoneworks veneer does need to be protected from water getting behind it.
If you want special decorative effects, stones from Best Stoneworks can be fashioned to achieve them. The stones are easily cut with hand tools such as a tile saw, a grinder with a diamond blade or any circular saw with a masonry blade. They can be trimmed to create ribbons around arched windows or other custom touches.
Best Stoneworks cast stone veneer creates exactly the same look as hand-hewn stone for only one-quarter to one-third the cost.
Goals of Installation:
- Provide a complete moisture barrier that protects an exterior wall from the weather.
- Install the stone in such a way that it has the appearance of a real wall
- If there is an existing stonewall on the property (or in the neighborhood) you might which to attempt to ‘copy the hand’ of the original mason.
- Masonry is a craft, in many ways one of the most ancient art forms. If you are looking at an existing wall ask yourself:
Do the individual stone appear to “be obeying the laws of gravity’?
Does this wall appear to be self-supporting?
Does it look like one mason or the hand of one mason is evident on the entire wall?
- About mortar joints: an over-grout such as that in the photo to the left generally denotes a ‘re-pointing’ of a wall. Real stonewalls might not need to be re-pointed for 70-80 years: so a wide-thick joint can speak to the age of the wall.
- Most stonework, at least for the last 60 years has been of veneer that is the stone did not support the structure of the building. In fact, until just after WWII most houses (in the greater Delaware Valley) had foundations made of stone. Since then it is a rare project that has self-supporting, weight bearing stonewalls.
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