At Best Stoneworks, our goal is to produce a faux stone that, if installed correctly, simulates the appearance of a real, self-supporting stone wall.
It has taken us years to develop our stone making processes and coloring tecniques. This guide should help you and your mason build an authentic looking stone wall.
If you look at a real stone wall, you'll notice:
• The stones are different sizes.
• Small pieces are often used as shims to support larger stones.
• Stones appear to be supporting each other.
• There are few, if any, vertical grout lines.
• It is rare for two large stones to butt up against each other.
Traditional masons know that for a stone wall to carry its own weight, the stones need to be laid so that their weight is evenly distributed. For an authentic looking installation, start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up. You should pay particular attention to the corners. In a real wall they need to be "locked" so that they support their own weight and the weight of the rest of the wall. To achieve a locked appearance, alternate the returns. This will create a pattern of long-short-long-short ends, step-like up the wall.
Cast stone veneer from Best Stoneworks is trimmed to make it easier for the mason to quickly get a proper placement of each stone. Using these techniques with Best Stoneworks cast stone veneer, your wall will appear to be heavy and self-supporting, just like the real thing.
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