Usage: external & internal
Comes in individual pieces
Length: natural shape
Corner pieces available €40 per L/M (linear meter).
Measurements and material calculations
Multiply height by width (H x W = sq/m or sq/ft) of the area to be covered, subtracting openings such as doors, windows and openings. This is the total surface area for which you will need stone cladding.
Note: it is advisable to allow an extra 10% of material for cutting.
Corners: To estimate corner stones, measure the vertical or horizontal external corners L/M (linear meters), the window and door jambs, the chimney breast openings that will require corner stone.
For block surfaces, no surface preparation is required.
The existing plastered or dashed surface must be cleaned back to its original surface by sandblasting, or wire brushing, or have a metal mesh attached to the surface using corrosive resistant nails.
Start by laying out few pieces of the stone on the floor in front of your project. This will give you a sense for the variety of shapes and colours you’ll be working with. Arrange the pieces so they fit and look nice next to each.
Start from the bottom and move up line by line. Try to avoid vertical lines. Take a piece of stone and apply a coat of flexi adhesive on the back of it. Press the stone onto the wall rotating slightly to force some of the adhesive to squeeze out slightly. Any adhesive forced out should be removed before the adhesive is allowed to set. Cut the stones if you need particular size stones.
Grouting joints (for “London” and “Paris” stone cladding only)
Fill all the gaps between the stones with grout mortar or sand cement, slightly above the desired finish depth. The grout will tighten and seal up the area around the stone. Let the grout dry until it is firm but not solid. You want to be able to push on it without leaving fingerprints, but don’t let the grout dry too much or it will be very difficult to strike. Striking the grout gives your project a finished look. Use your striking stick to scrape along the joints until the grout has a clean, even look to it.
Sweeping the stone
Finally, use your medium bristled brush to sweep the dust off the stone.