How to Install Wall Stone in 7 Steps
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Malika
Want to give your walls a modern and more luxurious look? Then consider installing stone. Before you get intimidated by this idea, I’ll let you in on a secret: this is not heavy, back breaking stone. Stone used in ledger panels from Floor & Decor is lightweight enough for two people to easily install these panels. These instructions apply for any stone wall tile.
Step 1: Install a tile backer such as weather resistant building paper or cement board over the surface where you intend to install the stone
Step 2: If the tiles are a different size, you may want to outline on your wall where each tile will go.
Step 3: Apply mortar to the wall using a notched trowel and allow to set (follow directions on package).
Step 4: While the mortar is setting, get your stones out. If you buy the ledger panels from Floor & Decor, they are already put together on mesh, so you don’t have to worry about the individual pieces (making the installation process much easier).
Step 5: Put some mortar on the back of the stones or stone panel before installing, about ½ inch thick. Install starting at the bottom and working your way up. As you start to install tile, it is a good idea to use spacers to ensure the tile spacing is uniform.
Step 6: Fill the joints with grout. Make sure to fill any holes or cavities to create a seal. This will help to prevent any cracking.
Step 7: Brushing / Cleaning – brush off any excess grout that is on top of the tile, then take a damp sponge and wipe away any grout that has become stuck on the stone.