Adding faux stone panels to exteriors can create a massive wow-factor, and completely transform your home's look and feel. Unfortunately, real stone veneers tend to be very heavy and expensive. The good news for homeowners is that faux stone provides a cost-effective and reliable alternative.
Where Can Faux Stone Panels Be Installed?
Stone veneers are made from low-maintenance, durable, weatherproof polyurethane to handle virtually anything that mother nature throws at it. Therefore, faux stone panels can be added to nearly any interior or exterior wall. Most people use stone veneer as siding, fences, or as decorative corners, posts, or columns.
Once you are ready to install stone veneer panels, you will need the following tools:
- Faux stone panels
- Exterior grade screws
- Construction adhesive
- Screwdriver or screw gun with the correct tips for your chosen screws
- Circular saw
- Tape measure
- Drainage mat
- Staple Gun
- Textured caulk
- Caulk gun
How To Install Faux Stone Panels On Exterior Surfaces
You can install faux stone panels on any type of exterior surface, such as wood or concrete. The steps below focus on installing faux stone siding. To ensure an excellent result, just follow these steps.
1. Clean the surfaces
Before installing your panels, you will need to clean the wall and the backs of each panel. This will provide a better seal when you add the adhesive. Use a damp rag or wire brush to remove any dirt and debris from the surfaces.
2. Install drainage mat
When the surfaces are clean and dry, apply adhesive to the back of the drainage mat and apply a layer to the surfaces. You can use exterior-grade staples to attach the drainage mat to the walls.
Make sure that the mat is firmly attached to the wall before moving onto the next steps.
3. Plan out your process
Look for the protruding lip on each panel. This will help you determine whether to install from left to right or right to left.
You can now measure and mark the surface to see exactly where each panel will fit on your wall. Note that your faux stone panels might have overlap points, so you should take that into account while measuring.
Start your measurements from the high point of the ground. When you have found that point, measure up to the height of the panel to be installed. From there, use a level to draw a straight line across the wall.
4. Cut the first panel
Take the first panel and cut either a 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 portion off the end to achieve a realistic finish. Depending on the type of panel, you might have to cut both horizontally and vertically.
5. Apply adhesive
Turn over the first panel, so it is face down. Apply a small amount of adhesive around the perimeter of the back of the panel. The adhesive should be about an inch from the edge. Add additional beads of glue in straight vertical lines. Aim to have less than four inches between each line.
6. Attach the first panel
Using a slight twisting motion, apply the first panel to the exterior surface. The twisting motion helps to spread the adhesive evenly between the two surfaces, ensuring a nice and tidy fit.
Take your time to level up the panel with the line you had previously put on the wall. You should have enough time to ensure a perfect fit before the adhesive sets.
7. Secure with screws
Once the panel is in place, you need to fasten it with screws. Using your screwdriver or a screw gun, add screws at foot-long intervals around the perimeter. Additionally, add screws to the middle of the panel at a rate of one per square foot. Take care to not overtighten the screws.
8. Apply adhesive to overlap areas
Exposed flat areas and lips are meant to be overlapped by the next piece. Apply some adhesive about 1 inch from the panel's textured surface so the next piece fits snugly together.
9. Add textured caulk
Adding textured caulk to the seam where the panels meet will create a weather-tight seal, essential for all exterior surfaces. The last two steps need to be carefully followed to prevent damage to the panels from humidity or extreme temperatures.
10. Repeat 5 through 9
From there, repeat steps five through nine for each panel you install. Place each panel directly onto the wall next to the previous panel, using the twisting motion in step 6. Make sure each panel is installed as close to the previous one as possible. Once the panel is in place, follow steps 8 and 9 to get a snug fit that protects the panels from the elements.
Once all your panels are installed, you can use paint and caulk to add some finishing touches. These can cover up screws and visible gaps, creating an authentic finish that you can be proud of showing off. Also, as you install each panel, a damp rag can clean up any adhesive or caulk that seeps out between seams.
Other Tips For Installing Faux Stone Panels On Exteriors
As you follow the above steps, these tips will help see to it that you're happy with the results.
Use high-quality screws
As your stone panels will be facing the elements, you will need to give them a helping hand.
Choose top quality screws made from robust materials that can withstand changes in temperature. Check that they are long enough to go through the panel and well into the surface behind for a secure fit. Placing screws under the protruding stone in crevices or grout lines will help to hide the screws.
Don't cut corners
The steps above ensure that your panels can withstand extreme temperatures and humidity. Failure to carefully fit and caulk seams can result in your panels flexing and separating, which could lead to expensive damage and repairs. Make sure you follow Step 9 and then carefully remove any excess caulk between each seam with a damp rag.
Choosing Stone Veneer Panels
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