Stone Veneer and Masonry Repair
Stone Veneer Repair
Stone veneer is a building material created to imitate natural stone. It is made up of a lightweight concrete, and it is cast inside a mold which copies the characteristics of natural stone. Stone veneer is usually placed on the surface of wood surfaces with metal laths (a fine mesh foundation much like a window screen) filled up with mortar underneath. This guarantees there will be a strong bond whenever you cement individual veneer areas in place. With this particular finish will come occasional repairs.
Preparation Work for Stone Veneer Repair
The amount of preparation needed for stone veneer repair may differ with the variety of damage. When a veneer area has cracked loose--and the underlying metal lath has become cut or pulled out--you're looking at total replacement. One suggestion for making sure the lath is set up properly is by running a gloved hand alongside its surfaces. The surface which should face to the outside on a wall is going to be rough to touch, and create a cheese grater-like effect. You could also begin chipping away old mortar using a hammer and chisel, and then rubbing it using a durable wire brush. When a place has been cleared, a brand new area of lath could be nailed to the underlying wall structure. The lath then has to be covered with mortar and spread using a trowel. It is best to spread a layer of mortar a half-inch thick. Once dried, this mortar may be scored, or given ridges, simply by running over it using a notched trowel. It'll then be prepared for a brand new stone veneer area. If only the stone veneer area is destroyed (and not the actual lath), it's still best to chisel and brush out a small amount of underlying mortar. This can produce space for the adhesive mortar which is utilized on the back of new veneer sections getting put in.
After the installation area is prepared, a brand new stone veneer section can be installed, shaped, and put in position. It's always good to dry fit (put in place with no glue) the veneer sections first, to make sure they can fit safely and securely. The mortar utilized on the back of the replacement stone veneer ought to be applied using a pointed trowel. The trowel may also be used to create V-shaped pockets within the mortar, which supports the veneer section bond when it is set up.
No matter what type of problem you're experiencing with your stone veneers, Harris Exteriors & More is able to assist you. We make use of state of the art tools and techniques to ensure that your stone veneers are repaired properly and look their best at the end of the process.
What do the majority of people fear most about masonry repairs? Many of us would reply in all honesty that it will be the cost of the repair work. You're in luck, though! Harris Exteriors & More offers affordable masonry repair work for a variety of masonry-related problems.
If you have:
- Cracked bricks
- Cracked stone veneers
- Damaged concrete walls
- Ruined stucco siding
We are here to help!
For individuals who don't know exactly what the term masonry covers, it's a structure which is constructed utilizing mortar like brick, block, stucco, stone, manufactured etc. Nearly all masonry problems on homes are a result of natural disasters or structural problems. If you have significant structural problems on a home, cracks are noticeable on the outside wall of your masonry exterior.
If you happen to notice any masonry cracks on your dwelling, please contact us ASAP to set up a consultation with one of our masonry experts.