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Contact me with images and dimensions of your project area and I can provide you with an exact quote for material and labor within 24 hours for approximately 90% of veneer projects.

Some projects that are more involved, such as columns and double sided arches, may involve physically looking at it.

Installation and material cost is square foot driven and the process is all the same. One of the questions will be which process is involved with your project. There are 3 different processes for interior veneer stone refacing.

PROCESS 1: Existing Sheetrock Surface (most common)

You are not alone if you have the dreaded builders grade hollow white mantle with the cheap tile under it and surrounding the fire box. The good news is the mantle will easily pop out along with the tile most of the time. The demolition cost will be $100 or you can do it yourself before the installation.

After removing the mantle and tile (assuming either there will be no replacement mantle or we will install a new one that will complement the stone; usually around $300) lath is fastened over the sheetrock into the studs with a roofing nailer. After the lath is secured to the framing, the entire surface of the lath is riddled with nails. Although the space between the studs provides little structural component, the excessive nailing removes looseness in the lath therefore forming a tight surface secured to those studs behind the sheetrock, and ready for the next step.

A 3/8 inch coating of cement is then troweled over the lath into the holes creating a masonry surface directly over the sheetrock. Although the stone is adhered to a masonry surface that is fastened over sheetrock, the additional load of the wall is on the slab or foundation.

If a builder tells you the sheetrock needs to come off and 1/2 inch hardieboard needs to go on, it's simply not true and it would be an incredible waste of money on sheetrock demolition cost and hardieboard installation. I've been doing it this way for 20 years without any problems. If you are building a new home with a fireplace or accent wall then, yes, it would be more practical to initially install hardieboard than sheetrock and lath because hardieboard is a masonry surface already and there is no sheetrock demolition involved.

Using the same cement (I like type N mortar mix with sand 2:1 ratio) the mortar is applied to the back of the stone and adhered to the scratch-coated masonry surface.

Any interior wood surfaces would also follow this process.

PROCESS 2: Unpainted Brick Surface (the best)

Unpainted brick is a masonry surface therefore your surface preparation cost is minimal. This would be simply providing me with images and dimensions. Most customers are surprised how inexpensive it is to reface an unpainted brick fireplace.

Same as process 1

PROCESS 3: Painted Brick Surface

Some brick surfaces from the 60's and 70's have multiple coats of paint over the brick. Due to this, the mortar will not adhere over the paint. Therefore an additional step is required. The ¼“ hardiebacker is glued over the painted surface and tapcon concrete screws are used to pull the hardiebacker tight to the brick and glue. This creates the necessary masonry surface for scratch-coating.

Same as process 1.


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