Real Rock® Natural Thin Stone Veneer by Lamb Stone Company
What is Real Rock®?
Real Rock® is Natural Thin Stone Veneer. It looks like real stone because it is real stone!
Is Real Rock® Durable?
Just as you expect from true stone, Real Rock® Natural Thin Stone Veneer resists weather and UV damage. On top of that, a surface nick or a scratch reveals nothing but more of the same stone beneath—not concrete or a base.
How Much Does Real Rock® Cost?
What might really surprise you is its affordability. Each Thin Stone piece features a flat backside for fast and easy installation. Use Thin Stone inside and outside — new projects and remodeling. Anywhere you want the dramatic charm and outstanding performance of natural stone, think Real Rock® Natural Thin Stone Veneer.
How Are We Able To Make Real Rock® Natural Thin Stone Veneer So Affordable?
Natural Thin Stone Veneer pieces weigh less thanks to the thin cut. Lightweight pieces help reduce production, shipping and construction costs. Builders can skip those expensive load-bearing structures, too. Natural Thin Stone Veneer installs without footings or ledges and adheres to concrete, plywood, paneling, drywall and even metal. All at a price that won’t rock the budget.
Installing Real Rock® Natural Thin Stone Veneer
Natural Thin Stone Veneer can be applied on nearly any prepared surface, including concrete, plywood, paneling, drywall and even metal. The surface must be cleaned.
1. Painted surfaces must be sand-blasted, or otherwise stripped of paint. If all paint is not completely removed, secure a metal lath to the wall, 6″ on center.
2. For exterior surfaces, install a vapor barrier first, then metal lath.
3. For surfaces with frame construction (plywood, drywall or rigid foam), nail metal lath to wall securely, 6″ on center.
4. Apply a scratch coat (2 parts washed sand to 1 part Type S cement mix) to lath.
5. Rake horizontal grooves in the scratch coat.
6. Allow to cure.
1. Arrange stones to desired fit prior to installation.
2. Mix rich mortar at least 5 minutes, until consistency is creamy like cake frosting.
3. Clean veneer surfaces. Wash stone completely, if needed. Slightly dampen backside of clean stone, freeing dust and preventing moisture loss from mortar.
4. Using trowel, apply rich mortar approximately 1/2″ thick to wall.
5. Apply thin coat of rich mortar on backside of stone, evening surface pits and bumps for a stronger bond.
6. Press stone into wall mortar, rotating slightly and forcing some mortar to squeeze out at edges. Remove excess mortar with trowel, joint tool or brush before it sets.
7. Use a grout bag to fill joints. As mortar stiffens, tool to the desired depth and brush off all excess. Do not let any mortar harden on the face of any stone.
8. Remove excess dirt or film using clean water and stiff brush.