stone-veneer is natural or manufactured stone cut into thin layers. stone-veneers are available in many styles, types and sizes ranging from brick veneer to river rock veneer. They are manufactured in pieces or in stone or brick veneer panels. Individual pieces allow for more freedom of placement than stone or brick veneer panels and are a better choice for a foundation. Both manufactured and natural stone-veneer is textured and has dimension on the outward facing side while the back remains smooth and flat. Adding a stone-veneer facade to the foundation of the house looks beautiful and adds a special design touch while hiding unsightly cracks and chips in the foundation.
Inspect the foundation for stability and safety. Any suspicious cracks or defects should be inspected by a professional before continuing to ensure the integrity of the home or building.
Clean the foundation. Use a high pressured garden house and wash off all dust, dirt and debris.
Place metal lath up against the foundation. Secure the lath in place with roofing nails. Metal lath is a screen like sheet material which is used to give mortar a base to cling on to. Metal lath is available at building supply centers, home improvement stores and hardware stores.
Mix mortar according to the directions on the bag.
Apply a thick layer of mortar over the metal lath. The layer should be at least 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick.
Use a short handled metal rake or the notched side of a trowel, drag it lengthwise across the wet mortar so you leave lines in the mortar.
Begin with a bottom corner piece. The corner pieces are pre-cut to wrap around the corners.
Apply a thin layer of mortar, which is called a skim coat, to the back of the stone-veneer. Press the mortar into the back of the piece to fill in any air holes, cracks or unevenness.
Apply another thick layer of mortar on top of the skim coat.
Place the first brick to wrap around the corner. Press it in place firmly.
Put a skim coat on a second piece of stone-veneer. The second piece will be a straight piece, not a corner wrapping piece. Apply a thick layer of mortar and press it in place firmly, next to the corner piece.
Continue to work down the line away from the first corner towards the next corner. Use varying sizes of the stone-veneer as you work your way down. Pay attention to the sizes to ensure they will fit when you reach the second corner and will have to use another wrap around piece.
Make any cuts to the stone-veneer as you go. Use a wet saw to cut the stone.
Begin the second course at the corner and continue to add stone-veneer pieces as you go. Continue in this manner until the entire foundation is covered.
Allow the mortar to set and dry
Fill a grout bag with wet mortar and squeeze the mortar in between the stone pieces.
Use a small trowel, also called a pointing trowel, to smooth the mortar and remove any excess.
Brush away excess and loose mortar while it is still wet with a whisk broom.