Stone sidings are applied to the exterior walls of buildings to give it the appearance of a solid stone or brick wall. Siding can be natural or artificial and is highly durable if maintenance is carried out on a regular basis. The addition of stone siding to a house can heighten its charm and elegance without any major changes to the rest of the structure. Stone siding installation is a simple and quick process which can be achieved with the right kind of preparation and some basic tools.
Stone siding installations need a building permit from the local building department.
1.Rules to Consider
Stone siding installations need a building permit from the local building department. Additionally, there will be some rules and regulations to be adhered to such as the type of surfaces it can be installed over, the need for a water-resistant barrier under the siding, and the like.
2.Stone is Strong
Following the manufacturers guidelines for installation of stone siding and completing the initial preparation in the right manner can help you get the job done in a timely manner while ending up with a higher value home and a sharper looking one. Stone siding that is installed in the correct manner will not rot and can withstand different temperatures for many years.
3.Preparations for Stone Siding
The first thing you must do is remove any exterior wall covering that may be there. If there is any old vinyl siding on the wall, you can use a vinyl sliding removal tool to remove those panels. The nails can be pulled out using a nail hammer. If the existing siding is made of wood or cement, you can pry it out with a flat pry bar and then remove the nails. For stubborn nails that refuse to budge, try using a reciprocating saw to cut them. There is bound to be a moisture barrier underneath the siding and this should be checked for any signs of damage. Holes are likely and if there are any present, then it is time to replace the barrier. If there was no old siding to begin with, then you will have to install a new barrier.
4.A Metal Lath
Moisture-resistant house wrap will have to be applied on the sheathing around the structure and then stapled into place. Make sure that there is enough give in the wrap which will enable it to withstand the installation of the siding. The wrap should be affixed horizontally starting from the bottom of the house and moving upwards. Then the entire surface where siding is to be installed must be covered with metal lath. The metal lath will help the stone siding adhere and should be affixed with staples to the sheathing. The lath should be bent around the corners without any seams because this can be an obstacle when the stone siding is being affixed.
5.Installation of Stone Siding
Stone siding can be either natural or artificial and special care may have to be taken depending on which type you are going to use on your house. When natural stone siding is to be installed, the foundation must be prepared in such a way that it can withstand the weight of the siding. Once the preparation is done, install the flashing system as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The flashing must be nailed to the bottom and inside corners and then concealed with adhesive. The first row of the stone siding must be attached to the flashing by using the hardware that accompanied that kit. Then, check to make sure the first row is level and continue installing the rest of the siding.
At times you may have to cut the pieces of siding to shape to fit a row or around corners and windows or doors. The final few inches of flashing from the bottom will have to be folded before the trimmer pieces of the stone siding are installed. Joints and the space around windows and doors can be sealed using caulking and waterproof epoxy.
7.Starting Out Right
It is important to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions when installing stone siding. The guidelines will have information on what materials should be used, which adhesive, and what tools you will need.