Tips for Installing Stone Veneer

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The difference is in the details.

As you may have seen in our how to install videos, manufactured stone veneer installation is a simple process. In fact, anyone with basic carpentry skills can unpack the box and attach GenStone faux stone panels to a wall. As is true with many DIY projects, the details are what separate a botched project and a successful one. Below are 22 easy to follow stone veneer installation tips that will bring your DIY skills to a professional level.

Tip #1

Choose the right installation surface.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 1

Typically GenStone is to be installed over minimum 7/16” wood sheathing (for screw holding power). Cover sheathing with housewrap. You may also install GenStone panels over poured concrete, cinderblock, or ICFs. Note: Do not install GenStone onto substrates lacking good screw holding capacity, or into ICFs with ties wider than 8” on center.

Tip #2

Be sure to use adhesive and screws.

Stone Veneer Panel Installation Tip 2

Please make sure to follow screw and glue requirements to attain a satisfactory result. Use 6 each 1 ½” screws (GRK Brand R-4 or equivalent) every 8” along the shiplaps on the top and right hand side of each panel. Use 4 each 2 ½”(GRK Brand R-4 or equivalent) screws (4/panel) along the bottom 1-4” of the panel in the field face. Hide these screw heads under the profiles of the rocks.

Tip #3

10 screws for a full or half panel.

Stone Veneer Panel Installation Tip 3

Each GenStone panel (full panel or half panel), installed onto proper sheathing, must have 10 screws. 4 at top shiplap, 4 in the field 1-4” from bottom of panel, and 2 at the right side on the shiplap.

Tip #4

8 screws for a corner.

Stone Veneer Siding Installation Tip 4

Each standard GenStone corner, installed onto proper sheathing, must have at least 8 screws. 4 in the top shiplap, 2 in the right side shiplap, and 4 in the field 1-4” from the bottom.

Tip #5

Installing over concrete or cinderblocks.

Stone Veneer Siding Installation Tip 5

Installing stone veneer panels over poured concrete or cinderblock requires at least 8 mechanical fasteners – 3 into top shiplap, 3 into the face (field) at bottom 1-4” of panel, and 2 on right edge shiplap. (Please use Tapcon, Calburn, or equivalent hardened masonry screws) and generous glue pattern (PL 300, Franklin General Purpose or equivalent) on back of panels to help hold the panels. Housewrap is not required over cement applications or ICFs).

Tip #6

Hide screws at an angle.

Stone Veneer Siding Installation Tip 6

Angle all field face screws upward to hide them under the face of the manufactured stone veneer installation.

Tip #7

Keep it level with a chalk line.

Stone Veneer Siding Installation Tip 6

Absolutely, make sure the first course of GenStone is level. Follow your chalk line!

Tip #8

Keep your materials cool.

Work on shaded side of building when possible to keep the panels and installers as cool as possible.

Tip #9

Left to right, bottom to top.

Stone Veneer Siding Installation Tip 9

Positive ship lap always faces up and right which requires you to work left to right, and bottom to top.

Tip #10

Hiding the seams.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 10

Never stack panels during a stone veneer panel installation. The far left end panel on the second, fourth, and sixth course etc should be shortened to approximately half length (recreate the negative ship lap on the back of the shortened panel). This step is to guard against stacking same length GenStone panels vertically (same rule as any siding product).

Tip #11

Always cut from the left or bottom.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 11

When cutting or routing panels always cut only the left or bottom of the panel which are the negative shiplap edges. Why? Because positive shiplaps (top and right side) are difficult to recreate on the job site.

Tip #12

Stick with the shiplap.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 12

GenStone cuts easily with any circular, reciprocating, or hand saw. Recreating the negative ship lap on back side is fast and easiest with a router. First cut the panel to the correct length. Then use a ½” straight router bit set ½”deep. If you do not have a router then use hand saw, circular saw, utility knife, or other cutting tools to recreate a new negative shiplap.

Tip #13

Transfer your measurements.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 13

Measure the face of the panels then transfer the measurements to the flat side of the panel to do any cutting or routing (measure twice, cut once).

Tip #14

Scraps are useful later.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 14

Save unused cut pieces in piles of left hand, right hand, top or bottom pieces for usage later in the stone veneer panel installation (5% scrap factor is average).

Tip #15

Touch up as you go.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Installation Tip 14

Touch up all cut edges as you go as raw polyurethane will yellow over time.

Tip #16

Make sure the shiplap is tight.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 16

In all stone veneer installations and all temperature conditions, join GenStone shiplap panels tightly together as you fasten them down.

Tip #17

Leave a gap.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 17

Leave 3/16” gap between cut edges of GenStone and trims, brick molds, window profiles, door trims, steps, blocks etc. Touch up cut edges with a matching GenStone paint touch up kit, and color-matched caulk by GenStone.

Tip #18

Drop a bead on the shiplap.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 18

Put bead of polyurethane glue (PL300, PL Premium, Franklin General Purpose or equivalent) on shiplaps as you install to seal panels between shiplaps.

Tip #19

Utilize the accessories.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 19

Use GenStone manufactured stone veneer inside corners (preferred method) or miter and caulk inside corners.

Tip #20

Don’t skip the flashing.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 20

Use proper flashing on all openings per window or door manufacturer recommendations.

Tip #21

Hiding long screws in ledgers and trim.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 21

Flash at least 1”over top GenStone sloped ledgers. Attach ledgers and trims by hiding long screws under flashings and on edges of GenStone profiles into sheathing.

Tip #22

Protect your eyes and mouth.

Stone Veneer Installation Tip 22

Use safety precaution (eye and breathing protection) when cutting or routing GenStone structural polyurethane panels.

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