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Installing Stone Veneer Panels On An Exterior

Installing Stone Veneer Panels On An Exterior

General Tools and Materials:

general tools and materials for exterior stone veneer installation

NOTE: (1) tube of Loctite PL Premium 3X adhesive is typically needed for every (3)
panels. (1) tube of textured caulk is typically needed for every (4) panels.

Installation-Specific Tools and Materials:

Adhesive and Fastener Installation (Recommended)

deck screws for installation drainage mat for installation drill for installation

Adhesive-Only Installation Over Concrete/

disposable gloves for adhesive installation great stuff applicator gun great stuff pro gun cleaner great stuff pro construction adhesive

24 Hours Before Starting

Acclimate all panels by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.


  • Be sure to obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.
  • Be sure to follow all applicable building codes.
  • Always comply with clearances set forth by the manufacturer os stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat source.


  • Ensure wall is structurally sound and in good condition. Clear away brush and debris.
  • Install exterior sheathing and house wrap.
  • Gather tools and materials.


WARNING: Your panels can only be installed one way. Before starting, look at your panels to determine which way they must be installed.

  • Installation will run left to right or right to left depending on the panel style. Orient one of your panels so that the flat lip on the long side (A) is up. If the fingers project to the left, the installation will run left to right. If the fingers are on the right side of the panel, the installation will go right to left.
  • Chevron panels can be installed horizontally or vertically. For vertical installation of a Chevron focal wall, if you want the center of a panel to align with the middle of the wall, plan for that alignment when trimming the first panel.
installation workflow

HINT: For styles other than Chevron, River Rock and Fieldstone, seams should be offset for a more realistic look. To reduce waste, try to use reserved portions from previously cut panels to start and finish each row. Panels may require shimming and trimming for proper alignment.



Orient Panels & Determine Installation Order

  1. Orient each of the panels so that the flat lip on the long side (A) is up.
  2. Each panel is hand painted and unique. In some cases, a style includes multiple molds to create an even more realistic look. Frequently the panels will have “A” and “B” stamped on the flat lip (A) to indicate the different molds. When both are available, it is a good idea to try to alternate between A and B panels when installing.
  3. It is helpful to establish an order for the panels by laying them out prior to starting the installation process. Look at the variation in color and texture to ensure no one section draws the eye.


Prepare Surfaces


  • Clean Cloth
  • Tack Cloth
  • Wire Brush
  1. Ensure wall is stable ad in good condition
  2. Wipe hard sufaces with a wire brush to remove loose debris.
  3. Wipe walls wih a tack cloth to remove any dirt or sawdust. Clean surfaces are required to ensure the panel adhere properly.


Install Drainage Mat


  • Deck Screws
  • Screw Gun/Drill Driver with Driver Bits

NOTE: Skip this step if installing with adhesive only method over concrete, masonry, or metal.

  1. Orient the roll so that the grid side faces the wall and the smoother side faces out.
  2. Fasten the drainage mat to the wall using deck screws long enough to pass through the mat, house wrap, and into the structural material.
  • Please comply with all regional building codes. Drainage mats are required for all exterior installations except those over concrete/masonry/metal.
  • The DM-3611R Drainage Mat meets Canadian Building Codes and is required for most exterior installations in Canada.
  • Exterior sheathing and house wrap must be installed before the drainage mat.


Draw Level Line


  • Pencil
  • Level / Laser Level
  • Chalk Line / Laser

Find the high point on the floor/ground using a level. Place a full size panel against the wall and mark the height. Draw a level line the length of the wall.


Install Corner Piece (optional)

If you are using corner pieces as part of your project, the first corner should be installed prior to starting the first row of the panel installation.

Interlocking corners: Install it and the panels by following Step 7 through Step 9, skipping Step 6 for the panels. Figure A

Flush corners: Install the corner by following Step 7 through Step 9. The panels will then need to be trimmed as shown in Step 6. Figure B


Trim First Panel


  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • T-square
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade

NOTE: Skip if installing interlocking corners.

For all panels except Chevron, River Rock & Fieldstone:

  1. Turn the panel over on a soft surface and mark where you intend to cut the panel. Trim the panel, using a wood cutting saw with a finish blade.
  2. We recommend cutting off at least ¼ of the panel to minimize waste.
  3. The slot side will be used first. Reserve the finger side for use later in the project.

For River Rock and Fieldstone panels:
These styles will not have staggered seams.

  1. Determine the number of panels needed to run the length of the first row.
  2. Trim the bottom off each panel so that they will sit flush with the floor/ground.
  3. Trim the fingers off the first panel.


Apply Adhesive


  • Caulk Gun
  • Loctite PL 3X
  • Tack Cloth

Adhesive-Only Installation Over Concrete, Masonry or Metal Tools:

  • Great Stuff Applicator Gun
  • Great Stuff Pro Construction Adhesive
  • Disposable gloves

Wipe the back of the panel with a tack cloth to remove debris.

Adhesive and Fastener Installation:
Turn the panel over on a soft surface and apply beads of Loctite PL 3X adhesive to the back of the panel in vertical lines spaced no more than 3” apart. Also add a dab of adhesive to the back of each finger.

Adhesive-Only Installation:
Wearing gloves and following the instructions on the Great Stuff Pro™ Construction Adhesive canister, turn the panel over and apply beads of Great Stuff Pro™ Construction Adhesive to the panel in vertical lines starting 2” from the edge and in 6” increments along the interior of the panel, and a dab on the back of each panel finger. When applying to metal buildings ensure that the adhesive beads align with any embossed patterns in the cladding.


Adhere Panel to Wall


  • Level
  1. Use a slight twisting motion to ensure good contact.
  2. Ensure panel is level, lines up with the level line drawn in Step 3 and plumb with the edge of the wall.


Screw Panel to Wall


  • Deck Screws
  • Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Driver Bits

NOTE: Skip this step if installing with adhesive only method.

Place (1) screw per foot along the perimeter and (1) screw per square foot in the middle of the panel. Screws should be slightly recessed. Place screws under protruding rocks or in grout lines to make them less noticeable.


STEP 10:

Add Adhesive and Caulk


  • Clean Cloth
  • Caulk Gun
  • Color Coordinating Textured Caulk
  • Loctite PL 3X
  1. Add adhesive to the lip of the panel about 1” from the face.
  2. Also apply a bead of textured caulk where the face meets the panel. Caulk must be added during this step. Adding caulk later will not protect against water and result in a less realistic appearance.
  3. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess adhesive or caulk.

STEP 11:

Repeat Steps 7–10


  • Clean Cloth
  • Caulk Gun
  • Color Coordinating Textured Caulk
  • Loctite PL 3X
  1. Butt the panels tightly together while following the level line. Dry fit each panel before applying adhesive to ensure it fits flush.Trim if necessary. The last panel on the row will have to be trimmed from the finger side of a panel.
  2. Wipe off any excess caulk or adhesive with a damp cloth before it dries.

HINT: Before cutting a full size panel, check to see if a previously cut panel can be used to finish the row.

STEP 12:

Start Next Row


  • Caulk Gun
  • Loctite PL 3X
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  • Pencil
  • Chalk Line / Laser
  • Level
  1. For multiple rows, start the next row directly above the first panel, taking care to offset the seams (does not apply to River Rock, Fieldstone or Chevron panels). Panels are designed to create a shiplap joint.
  2. Before installing each panel on the next row apply adhesive to the top lip of the panel below. Take care when placing the panel to ensure a tight fit with the panel below.

STEP 13:

Touch-Up As Needed


  • Water
  • Touch-Up Kit
  • Paint Brush
  • Clean Cloth
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Caulk Gun
  • Color Coordinating Textured Caulk
  1. Add a bead of caulk to seal any mitered joints and where a panel butts against another surface (like an adjoining wall).
  2. Add caulk to fill in voids, gaps and holes from screw heads. Carefully blend before it dries.
  3. If your touch-up kit contains a base coat, use a cotton swab to apply a light layer of the base coat and allow it to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  4. Using a paint brush, apply the appropriate paint then dab with a soft cloth to blend and allow to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  5. If your touch-up kit contains a wash, apply the wash using a paint brush and dab with a soft cloth to blend. If the bottle is labeled “wash concentrate” add tap water to the neck of the bottle, screw the lid back on and shake to mix before using.


  • If you need to mix colors to achieve the desired shade, we recommend doing so on a piece of scrap material.
  • Paint can be thinned by adding water.
  • Start with lighter colors.