Installation guide

Advantages of artificial stone is it's durability, weight and easy installation. Read our recomendations how to do it.

PREPARATION OF THE SURFACE

Gypsum board, OSB panel

It is advisable to install metal larch and a mortar scratch coat. Use premixed masonry mortar, masonry cement and sand, or Portland cement, lime, and sand. But if height of wall or column do not exceed 3m metal larch is not required. Follow glue manufacturer’s instruction.

Masonry, Concrete, Concrete blocks

Metal larch is not required. Important to clean the surface from any paint, waterproofed or oil products. Pressure wash and score the surface with a wire brush if necessary. If surface is still not clean advisable to use bonding agent on the wall and in the mortar mix.

Mineral wool, EPS, XPS

Install layer of Water Resistive Barrier. Overlap using manufacturer’s recommendations. Install metal larch, coat with mortar. Using wire brush score or scratch the surface horizontally when mortar is dry.

APPLICATION
 

1) Before application lay stone tiles on the floor and create a pattern. Mix stones from different boxes, stone tiles are handmade, shades may slightly vary. 
2) Start application from the bottom line. If you use corner elements start with them. Alternate long and short legs of corner pieces in opposite directions. Vertical
3) Cover back of the stone with glue, not more than 6mm thick. Press firmly to the surface to ensure good bond. Make sure that a little mortar squeezes to the sides of the stone, to ensure good lateral bond.
4) Some stone pieces may need to be cut and shaped to fit the gaps. Cut stone pieces with circular saw, or nippers. For completion cover with mortar any cut or broken edges.
5) If you use stone which requires joint grouting, follow recommendations of grout manufacturer to prepare it. Grout joints with mortar using a grout bag. After about 30-60 minutes when mortar has become brittle, mortar smears should be removed using a dry stiff brush or whiskbroom.
6) Use good quality elastic tile glue. When needed glue should be resistant or heat or cold.
7) Places where stone is applied should be protected from rain until glue is fully dried.
8) Stone should not be installed when rains and weather temperature is less than +5 C

TOOLS
 

 Hammer, Circular Saw  with a masonry blade to cut and trim stone or brick.

 Level and Tape Measure to help create level and straight joint lines.

Bucket and Notched Float to prepare and apply glue.

• Grout bag for grouting joints ( if needed).

 Brush for cleaning.

 

CLEANING
 

Stone should be cleaned using solution of soap or detergent and water with a bristle brush. Stone can be dusted or vacuumed. Do not use wire brush as it will cause damage to the surface. Do not clean stone with acid or acid based products.