Stone veneer siding can improve the overall appearance of the wall of an exterior part of a building. It can provide a unique and distinctive aesthetic to a home or to a smaller area as well. Best of all, it's easy to install and relatively inexpensive, and once it is set in place it is sturdy and requires very little maintenance.
However, you'll need to install your stone veneer siding in the proper way in order to fully take advantage of the positive qualities of this material. Read on for a brief guide on how to prepare to install stone veneer siding.
Step 1 - Remove the Existing Siding
The first step to properly setting up your stone veneer siding is to remove any existing siding. Typically, this is wood siding, as it's the most common type of siding. Use a flat pry bar to remove any large panels of the wood siding. Next, use a framing hammer after you've located the nails that hold the other portions of the siding in place in order to remove those nails, then subsequently remove the rest of the siding with your flat pry bar.
Step 2 - Install or Repair the Moisture Barrier
The moisture barrier is a crucial part of any siding project. This protects the structure of your home or the wall on which the siding will fit from damage caused by moisture in the atmosphere. If you're replacing siding, there is likely to already be a moisture barrier in place. Check to make sure there are no damaged spots or holes and replace the barrier if necessary.
However, if you're installing siding on a wall for the first time, you'll need to lay down the moisture barrier before you continue. Set up the moisture barrier using a hammer and nails or a power drill with screws. It should be stretched taut, but not so tight that it may rip or tear while you're setting up the siding.
Step 3 - Install the Metal Lath
The metal lath also helps to protect the siding and to provide a stable place for the mortar which holds the stones. The metal lath can be cut to fit your wall or siding area. Use a staple gun and staples to attach the lath securely to the wall in place.
Step 4 - Attach the Wood Sheathing
Wood sheathing can provide a nice compliment to the stone veneer siding. This typically goes around the outside of the stone veneer area. Install the sheathing with a hammer and nails or, if it comes with pre-made holes for screws, with a power drill and screws of the appropriate size.
At this point, you're ready to begin to lay the mortar and stone for the stone veneer itself.