Fireplaces / October 16, 2018 / Aitana Hsu.
For this project, you will be using the pre-cast stone to build your stacked stone fireplace masterpiece. It’s going to look great!
The stacked stone pre-cast is a lightweight veneer, and they look just like the real thing. These pre-cast stones will make a dramatic difference to your room giving it a refreshing facelift.
Manufactured stone a made from a lightweight aggregate, iron oxide pigment, and cement combination. Because it is man made there is terrific variety to choose from which includes river rock, stacked stone, steamed stones, random stones, limestone, and even ledge stones. So no matter what the decor of your room there is a rock that will compliment your room.
Here are some tips for working with your stacked stone fireplace:
1. Start by preparing your work area. A prepared area will make your job go smoother, and it will ensure that your post has no errors.
2. Mix your mortar until it’s a perfect consistency – not too dry and not too wet. Pay attention because the key to a great install is the mortar.
3. Lay the stones out on the floor like a jigsaw puzzle then pick which rocks you want to put where. Remember to use plenty of contrast. Light against dark, big against small.
4. Put the stones up with a nice variety to get a natural feel and a look that is just like a real rock.
5. You will need to determine how much stone you will need. Measure your surface area to determine the square footage. Don’t skimp. You’ll regret it. Instead, order a little extra to give you the flexibility you need.
6. Most manufacturers have an excellent in-stock selection of the more standard stones like the river rock but if you are going for something a little more exotic like castle stone you should anticipate the extra delivery time, and you should also order a bit extra to make sure you don’t run short and then move into trouble matching up.
7. Besides your pre-fab stones, you will need a moisture resistant barrier, and you will need a metal lath for the mortar to adhere.
8. You’ll need a few special tools to get the job done. A Mason trowel, Finishing trowel, ½” tuck pointer, grout bag, and a circular saw.
9. You will need to take off any existing trim that’s around the fireplace, and the weatherproof barrier needs to be put up to keep the moisture away from the mortar. Use a stapler or hammer and nails to fasten.
10. You will want to make sure the nails are into the studs by at least 1 inch. Tape the edge and cover the fireplace opening with plastic to protect it while you work.
Working with your stacked stone fireplace doesn’t have to be that difficult as long as you take some time to plan before jumping into your project and these ten tips will keep you on the right track.