Natural Stone Thin Veneer Installation


1. When installing colonial thin stone veneer, always make sure that whatever type of surface you are covering is clean and free of debris.

2. If you are applying the veneer to an exterior surface, cover the entire surface with a moisture control barrier.

3. The MTI rainscreen is an effective drainage plane / mat to get the water out quickly. Even a small amount of water can lead to mold and rot.

4. Secure a galvanized metal lath to the surface to ensure that the lath is secured properly. Use heavy staples or galvanized roofing nails long enough to penetrate into the studs.

5. Apply a scratch coat of Type S mortar and allow mortar to set. Leave the face texture flat and yet rough in texture to assure a good grip to next adhering product.

6. Evenly spread the back of the back of the thin stone veneer with a very sticky thin set material (MasonBond 400 or equivalent). Press stone firmly into place and hold for a moment.

7. Then fill the joints with a grout bag to keep the stone clean. When joints become firm, finish to desired appearance.

Enjoy the natural beauty of natural thin stone veneer.

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Kathy stock · May 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Does limestone hold up in the Northeast? It appears to hold up in Chicago, and We plan on having lime stone veneer from Texas be installed on our protected front porch in (Middle) New Hampshire. If you cannot help us, maybe you can read direct us. Thank you for your consideration, Kathy

    Dwight Peachey · June 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    Yes, a lot of limestones will hold up very well. If you are buying from Texas, my caution to you would be to make sure you don’t end up getting a super soft sandstone. Some of them do not hold up to the freezing and thawing you experience in your state. If you are interested in Limestone products, you can contact us at 519-595-4261 or email

    Dwight Peachey

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