Directly applied stone veneer is the best substitute to use for natural stone veneer as it is cheaper to ship and also easier to install. Stone veneer siding is an attractive siding, but even so this siding must be replaced because of aging, normal wear or to make a newer design.
Step 1: Preparing to Curtail Dust
Close all door and windows to avoid dust getting inside. When you want to remove the exterior siding, there will be lot of dust and debris created.
Step 2: Mark the Siding Boundary Lines
Mark the boundary lines of the portion to be replaced, if you intend to change only a part of siding. You can cut among these lines to fix the stone veneer in the particular portions.
Step 3: Cut through the Boundary Lines
Saw along the drawn boundary lines with a circular saw. Wear safety goggles. Do not cut through those surfaces for fixing the sidings.
Step 4: Removing the Veneer to be Replaced
Remove the stone veneer inside the area marked for removal. Begin from a top corner and move downwards and across the marked area. Remove all stone veneer with the blade of a chisel under the stone veneer by prying outward. Break the corner piece and remove it with smaller chisel. After the corner piece is taken off, you can use a bigger chisel to pry.
Step 5: Complete Removal
Once the veneer is removed from the specified portions, the surface will have some bits and debris sticking to it, which needs to be cleaned off. Use an angle grinder and remove these pieces to make the surface level and clean.
Step 6: Cleaning Up
Clean all the debris and dust from the area so that you can work to replace the veneer.
Step 7: Applying the Metal Lath
Staple the metal lath to the wall frame according to manufacturer’s recommendations
Step 8: Applying Mortar Layer
Apply a thick layer of mortar about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick on the metal lath to be covered.
Step 9: Wetting the Back of Stones
Make the backside of the stone damp with water. Paste about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick layer of mortar over the back of the stone so that it covers it completely.
Step 10: Installing the Stone
Press the stone into its position on the wall. Maintain the width of mortar joint around 1/2 inches to 3/4 inches or equal to that done earlier. Fix the other stones also in the same manner. Follow the pattern of the existing wall or one planned by you. Maintain the level of the stones.
Step 11: Filling the Joints and Gaps
After all the stones have been fixed, fill the mortar in between all the joints.
Step 12: Allowing Setting
Allow the mortar to set completely so that the stones are cemented properly in their place.