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How to Install Natural Stone Panels: A Complete Guide

Whether you’re renovating or embarking on building new, natural stone panels are the perfect way to add value to your home or business. On this page, I will outline the necessary steps needed to install natural stone panels on any wall.

Stone panel installation is a relatively easy task. However, there are a few basic but important things to keep in mind during the installation.

Whether it is stone veneer installed on exterior walls or natural stone panels on a fireplace here you will find helpful tips on how to create your stunning looking stone wall with ease.

Real stone panels add the most realistic appeal to any setting. You can make your selection from real quartzite, sandstone, slate or the combination of these stone types together. Choose the color and style of your natural stone veneers to fit the room you wish to decorate.

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Fireplace remodeling made simple with natural or real stone panels. These stone panels can be combined well with other natural stones.

Stone cladding instructions with natural stone panels:

The very first step is to know your square footage of the area you wish to cover with natural stone panels. Measure the length and the height of your wall and multiply it. Add an extra ten percent for breakage and cuts. Corner pieces are measured in linear feet that needs to be deducted from the total square footage. If you have a wall that is 130 sft total with ten percent waste included and it has two 7ft tall corners you would need to order 15LFT of corners and deduct 75% of that amount ( 11 sft) from the total square footage of the 130 sft.

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Stone Panel Installation.

Before you start installing your stone panels you have to determine the type of your wall. If your wall is an exterior solid masonry wall you can begin the installation with the application of a blue bonding agent on the wall surface. If your wall is painted you will have to inspect the paint, making sure that it is not peeling. If it is not, you will only need a clean, dust and oil free wall to begin with. Apply the bonding agent on the wall with a paint roller. It is also a good idea to skim-coat the wall with the same mortar mix to ensure better bonding. Shown on first picture.

Cultured stone installation instructions.Important Note!

Please Note: If your wall is made of dry wall or if it is a wooden structure you have to reinforce it and provide adequate surface bonding for your stone panels!

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Wire lath installation:

Begin at the right hand bottom corner of the wall. Leave the paper backing overlapping 1-1/2” on the sides and the top. The sheets should always be installed horizontal, perpendicular to the framing.

Fasten the wire lath with 1” screws. After installation apply a scratch-coat of mortar.

After the scratch coat mortar dried you can begin the installation of the stone panels.

If you have a drywall surface you might have to install 1/4 of an inch cement backer boards and fasten it to the studs with dry wall screws.


Begin the installation. The first step is to remove any baseboards from your wall where the stone panels are going to be installed on.

After this step it is advisable to check on the level of the floor. This will prevent future problems during the installation. Start with one stone panel at the highest point of your floor. You can use paper or plastic spacers to get the next stones on the right elevation. If the floor is out of level more than a half inch you might want to consider cutting the top of your first stone tile to compensate for the height difference. The spacers can be removed later.

A word about your mortar.

Mix S type momortar mix with a 1/4 bag of thinset. Add water first and the mortar and mix it to a peanut butter consistency that will be easy to apply on the stone veneers.

Stone Panel Installation.

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Lightly “butter” the back of your stone tile and place it on the wall.After installing one or two stone panels put your level on the top of your stones and mark a level line all through the wall from end to end. This will be your level guideline for positioning your next stone panel. For the installation we use thin-set mortar and S-type mortar mixed in 30% ratio. Mix your mortar to a peanut butter consistency. We usually add a splash of white bonding agent additive to the mixture for better overall performance.

These natural stone panels are step cut so each stone panel will interlock with the adjacent stone tile.

Keep in mind that these natural stone panels are installed dry-stacked without any mortar between the panels. If you have mortar on the top of your stone remove it before you lay the next panel on the top of it.


How To Mortar Your Stone Panels.

Keep a string line or a pencil line for your guideline at least on every second course. It will help you with keeping your level and guide you along the installation.

Make cuts at corners, electrical outlines and other areas necessary. You can use a grinder or a wet saw for cutting your natural stone panels. Make sure that the first row of your stone panels are level. This will be a determining factor of the straightness of all the stone panels you are going to lay on top of it.

Keep your stones clean. Wipe excess mortar and saw dust off the stone wall during the installation. It is relatively easy to cut natural stone panels. I would advice you to invest in a small wet tile saw and mark your stones you wish to cut. Then cut along the pencil line for straight cut. If your project is a small stone wall you can also cut your stone panels with a 4″ grinder and a diamond blade.

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Corner Stones.
If your wall has windows you will need to keep in mind that the corners need to be covered with corner pieces. These are calculated in linear feet. Measure the length of your corners and add a few extras for cutting. If your corners are not true 90 degrees you will have to mitter the stones and tuckpoint it with grout in matching color. Shown on picture on the right.

Installing stone panels is not hard. And armed with these simple to follow tips you should be able to complete your stone wall project in a breeze.

important[1]You know how cultured stone manufacturers say that their stones are the most believable manufactured stone veneer? Well, our natural stone panels are the real deal. These stone panels are assembled only from the finest quality natural stones found. Ranging from real quartzite, sandstone to slate. Real stone panels add the most realistic appeal to any setting.

These stone panels are relatively light weight so there is no need for additional footing.

Real stone panels are not only elegant and stylish but they come in a surprising array of designs. Natural stone panels are available in one square-foot panels and excellent material both for indoor and outdoor applications. It’s ease of installation and costs saving options offer a very competitive alternative to heavy flag stones.

With our wide selection of natural stone panels we can transform your walls into artistic masterpieces. With intricate patterns and natural textures, realstone panels boldly impact many different spaces with sophistication. 

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