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Newsletter- April 2013

June 5, 2014

In this month’s issue…

Indiana Limestone Fabricator Commercial

We offer tips on good job site procedure regarding your cut stone order, Ernie sounds off on Thin Veneer Indiana Limestone vs. Full Bed Depth Indiana Limestone and there is a brand new Project Spotlight.

Indiana Limestone job site Checklist

Upon delivery of materials:

  1. Check for damage—cracked, chipped or broken pieces
  2. Verify proper stone—color, finish, grade
  3. Verify identification marking, dimensions, anchor locations
  4. Store in protected area, OFF the ground

Before starting stonework:

  1. Storage. Discard shipping dunnage.
  2. Observe cold weather setting procedures as required
  3. Verify correct positioning and size of backup or framing and support
  4. Verify installation of damp proofing and flashing

Mortar

  1. Verify that the materials meet the standards specified
  2. Check mixing procedure for proper portions of ingredients and mixing time
  3. Use mixed mortar within time specified

Metal accessories and anchors

  1. Verify that the materials meet the standards specified
  2. Corrosion resistance requirements must be met
  3. Size & configuration of accessories must allow for proper adjustment

Stone placement

  1. Stone laid in mortar
    1. Weep holes at base of walls & over openings
    2. Full mortar joints
    3. No mortar dropping in air space between backup & stone
    4. Uniform mortar joint width
    5. Proper bond pattern of stone
    6. Cover tops of walls overnight, weekends & when raining
  2. Stone set with shims or support frames
    1. Connections conform to detail drawings
    2. Remove temporary setting pads for soft joints between cut stone pieces
    3. Soft joint between building frame and stone
    4. In setting with shims, make sure sufficient shim material is placed to avoid point loading the stone
  3. Cover top of walls when rain is expected
  4. Verify proper horizontal & vertical alignment
  5. Keep Wall Clean

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Ernie's 2 Cents...

Thin Veneer Vs. Full Bed Depth Building Stone

CONSTRUCTION- Whether your installation is a new structure or part of a renovation project, thin cut natural stone is the ideal material when weight or space limitations are an issue. Because it requires no footings and has a thin profile, it serves as an excellent material for facing interiors or exteriors. It is installed in the same manner as manufactured stone, but you receive the benefit s of natural stone without the higher cost of full bed depth stone.

Limestone Construction

APPEARANCE- Besides landscaping, the use of natural materials is one of the most desirable features of the exterior of the home. Thin veneers will enhance the exterior envelope of your house and is comparable in weight, price and installation to artificial “cultured” stone. Besides landscaping, the use of natural materials is one of the most desirable features of the exterior of the home. Thin veneers will enhance the exterior envelope of your house and is comparable in weight, price and installation to artificial “cultured” stone.

  • The best, most durable lightweight stone option on the market
  • 3/4″-1 1/4″ typical bed depth
  • Requires no footing or foundation for installation
  • 100% natural stone – no aggregate or artificial colors needed to make it look natural
  • Can be installed directly over existing masonry (see installation for more details)
  • Installed with expanded galvanized metal lath
  • May be installed on non-load bearing walls or areas where full veneer may not be practical (gable ends, chimney chases, dormer windows)
  • Most economical material when shipping product long distances
  • average 135 square feet per ton (approximately 10-15 pounds per square foot)
  • average 3,000 square feet of stone per truckload
  • most masons can install at least 50 percent more thin veneer then full veneer in a day
Limestone Construction

Thin Veneer can also be used in conjunction with Full Veneer Stone. Example: If using Full Veneer on the exterior foundation walls, the exact same product in a Thin Veneer can be used for chimney chases, gable ends, dormers above the roof line, and interior fireplaces where a lighter weight stone may be required.

  • The standard for masonry installation
  • 3″-5″ typical bed depth
  • Requires a footing or foundation for installation
  • Installed with wall ties
  • Offers the most versatility in final installation appearance
  • Average 40 square feet per ton (approximately 55 pounds per square foot)
  • Average 900 square feet of stone per truckload

Is there something you want to hear Ernie sound off on? Email him:ernie_baker@indystone.com