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How To Install Ledge Stones.

 

There are few big names in the manufactured stone veneer business.

The first one is undoubtedly Owens Corning and the second one is Eldorado stone.  

Both companies manufacture ledge stones in many color variations. However, Southern ledge cultured stone made by Owens Corning is perhaps the most popular member of the manufactured stone family. In this article I am going to unfold the steps it takes to create a stunning stone wall or arched door using Southern Ledge stones and ledge stone veneers from Eldorado stone.

Before you order the cultured stones needed for the job, you have to take a few measurements, such as the height and the width of the area you wish to cover with cultured stone. If the area includes corners it needs to be ordered in linear feet.

 

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Owens Corning cultured stones. Cultured stone installation.

Cultured stone big box

 

 

For more detailed description of how to calculate the square-footage needed, check out our cultured stone installation instructions page.

 

Upon arrival of the cultured stones inspect the material and sort out the content of the boxes on the floor or an elevated plank for easier reach. This way you will have a better oversight of the stones, which will allow you to pick the right size and color for the wall.

   

A quick tip. If you install ledge stones on your own make a decision on how you want the joints look. Tight fitted or with a ˝-an inch mortar joint. In our present example we installed the ledge stones tightly fitted. The pictures bellow shows an arched entry way that needed to be framed out to accommodate the new ledges stone veneers. Start your first stone on the center and work your way out to both sides.

First you will need to apply bonding agent on the area where you want the stones to be installed. Use a simple paint tray and apply the bonding with a paint roller. ....The blue stuff shown on the top of second picture.

How to install ledge stone cultured stones.

To ensure the best bond to the wall wet the stones and apply thin-set mixed with mortar both on the back of the cultured stone and on the area it will be installed on. This will ensure that the cultured stone will adhere to the wall properly and actually stay there for years to come.

Besides bonding agent and a wet, dustless surface it is crucial to use the proper consistency of mortar.

As shown on the image above, if too dry mortar was used the stone will simply pop off of the wall because there is not enough suction created by the mortar. When the mortar is in the right consistency after pressing the stones lightly onto the wall the pressure will create a small vacuum between the stone and the surface of the wall. It is much like when your boots get sucked off of your feet when you stuck in mud. We install cultured stones with thinset and S type mortar mix. Mix your mortar to a peanut butter consistency.

 

Step by step guide on how to install southern lege stones.

If you install cultured ledge stones on an arched area first you will need to install the ledge stones on both sides of the door. It is fairly easy however; you might need to make some cuts. In our example the stones extended to about twelve inches on both sides. If you venture out to install your own stones try to alternate both the joints and the sizes of the stones. Being aware of the right color variations of the cultured stones is also a good idea. Time to time stand back and look at the work you have completed. If something doesn’t feel right change it, but if the installation looks pleasing to the eyes just keep working.

 

After completion of the side columns you will need to tackle with the not too easy job of building the frames for the arches. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the frames but hopefully I can paint the picture. Cut some 2”x4” woods for support and ˝” plywood. Make series of 1/8” cuts on the plywood so it easily bent to the curve of the arches. Support the bent frame with the wooden legs and start installing your ledge stones. The thick consistency of the mortar mixed with thinset will help in holding the stones in place.

  Cultured stone arhes. Southern lege stones.

After securing the frames with the 2x4 woods we started the installation of the ledge stones.

The stones started out to be in about a 45 degree angle and as the way towards the center of the arch they were installed straight. If you install stone in an archway always know the center of the arch. This will not only allow you to finish with your center piece keystone on the right spot, but you will know the right angle of the stones.

It is ok to incorporate brick veneers with the stones on arched doorways. It makes a good match and makes installation a little easier.

This installation is fairly complicated, tedious and time consuming. I would recommend calling a pro stone installer if you never installed cultured stone on your own before.

 

Wish to do it on your own? Go to our detailed guide on how to install manufactured stone veneer and cultured stones page. At this page you will find how to tips, time and money saving recommendations and entertaining videos on how to install any type of stone veneer.

 

Not a DIY? Don’t feel to install cultured stones on your own? Fear not, if your project is located in our Florida service area just send us an email and we will give you a free price quote on any sized job.

 

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If you are in search of a talented and affordable cultured stone installer or someone who can help you in your cultured stone installation project, we at Miamistoneinstallers are trained to assist you in installing any types of manufactured stones for your home or business. We will provide you with the quality you expect on a reasonable price. We will complete the work in the shortest time possible. You will know the whole upfront cost before we start the job. No surprises later!

 

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