Do It Yourself- When you have Wood Siding.

You will need Mortar (S-type) and water to install your stone.

Mix a sack of mortar with water in a wheel barrel.  You can use a shovel to mix the two. 

Over wood siding: use barrier paper. This is the same paper used to stucco over wood siding.  You can use staples to adhere this barrier paper.

Cut to size the stucco wire, and secure the netting with construction grade staples and/or nails.  Make sure the netting is tight and secure We prefer the one inch wide staples, from our nail guns and air compressor to secure our netting onto 2x4’s.

Spread mortar as your scratch coat.  When this is dry, your stone will adhere to this scratch coat.  If you are installing tan stone, then add a little tan coloring to your mortar for this phase. 

Use a stucco wire brush, as seen in picture, to create grooves in your scratch coat.  Do this when it is starting to dry a little so that you are creating the grooves and not just knocking down the mortar.

Install stone with a trowel and adhere to wall over scratch coat.  Wet your scratch coat before you start.  Use a Grout/Blow bag to shoot mortar in between stone. When semi-dry, use a Whisk Broom to start cleaning excessive grout off.

Last step in cleaning grout, use a Masonry Wire Brush.  This is where you will be able to remove even more mortar as it is about 70% dry by now.  Clean off the rocks from any mortar stains too. 

Keep it Level, Keep it Straight:  For some styles of stone, it is essential that you use a level to assist you keeping your horizontal lines level.  Especially when you install the Stacked Stone. 


Over Stucco:  If you are installing over existing stucco, then make sure the stucco is not painted with a product that will not allow the mortar to adhere.  If your stucco is painted, then please use an angle grinder to scuff off paint or sand blasting is recommended. 


Scratch Coat on your stone:  Just prior to putting on your half inch of mortar onto the back of your stone, first use your trowel to wipe some mortar onto the back of the stone.  Then you can put on your mortar.  This will ensure that your stone is not falling off in the future. 


No Needs:  Do NOT waste your money on buying cement glue or using or adding tile thin-set.  These are not necessary.  You are dealing with a light weight stone product and mortar will suffice. 


Cutting Stone:  To cut your stone, it is recommended you use an angle grinder with a diamond blade.  This tool will make your installation very timely efficient.  Use a strong fan to blow away all of the dust. Avoid breathing the dust please.

SPEC DATA
Product description

Basic Use:
  Product is intended for interior or exterior nonstructural lightweight veneer facing on masonry, metal, or frame construction for architectural beauty.


*Interior or exterior walls of new construction.
*Remodeling and redecorating of existing walls.
*Fireplaces: around openings, hearth, exterior chimney finish, or chase finish.


Note:  Manufactured stone does not add strength to load-bearing capacity of wall.  Should not be used in below-water applications.


Sizes:  Varied.  Sizes, shapes, and textures of finished product duplicate natural stones used as mold masters.  Stone diameters will vary.  Right-angle corner stones have return lengths varying from 2.5 inches to 15 inches inside.  Product pieces designed for fireplace hearth uses vary in sizes.

Types:

Stone Veneer
Hearthstones
Capstones
Sills
Keystones
Stone Mantle


Installation: 
Detailed installation procedures are available by calling Rock Your World.  The product is basically applied to a structurally sound wall. 

General Maintenance: Most applications require no maintenance. Applications where dirt or dust may accumulate can be washed occasionally.
Use of garden hose and soft bristle brush can be used (Do NOT use wire brush).
Mild soap or detergent and water can be used and rinsed immediately with fresh water. 
(Do NOT attempt to clean with acid or acid based products or Power Washer)

Efflorescence
This is normal and common in all masonry products and easily remedied. 


To Remove: 
Allow stone to dry
Scrub with stiff bristle brush and clean water. If this does not remove, scrub with solution of 50% household white vinegar and 50% water and rinse thoroughly.

Salt and Calcium Chloride Products
Do NOT use any of these products on areas adjacent to a stone veneer product.

Sealers
Sealers are not necessary on stone veneer products but is an option depending on the customers needs. Make sure the product used is a saline base and breathable.
Note: Sealer can darken stone color, and may also slow the natural movement of moisture out of the stone.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

·  Plan View Manufactured Stone On CMU Wall


·  Plan View Manufactured Stone On Concrete Wall

·  Plan View Manufactured Stone On Stud Wall


·  Plan View Outside Corner Installation Detail.


·  Plan View Inside Corner Transition At Manufactured      Stone For Brick or Stucco Transition


 WARRANTIES:

GUARANTEE - LIMITED
When installed in accordance with the manufacturers application specifications, Rock Your World Stone unconditionally guarantees their products to the original purchaser for a period of 50 years from the date of purchase.

The warranty applies to the veneer units only and does not cover application replacement nor does it cover defects or damages resulting from or connected with misuse or improper installation. Rock Your World Stone  warrants that their product will endure in normal use if such application is according to the manufacturers instructions.

In the event of defects, the consumer must notify Rock Your World Stone in writing. Upon receipt of such notification and after a factory representative inspection, Rock Your World Stone will provide, free of charge, new materials to replace those which were defective. This warranty covers only manufacturing defects. The consumer is responsible for any labor costs incurred in replacement.

We recommend that consumers have a sealant such as DECO 20 applied to Rock Your World.


INSTALLATION TECHINIQUES:

1. Preparing the Surface


Rock Your World Stone products can be applied to any structurally sound surface. Due to its lightweight, no special foundations or structural alterations are necessary.

On clean (unpainted, untreated, and unsealed) brick, block, concrete or other masonry surfaces, install Rock Your World directly to the surface. On all other surfaces, metal lath must be applied first. Nail or staple the lath six inched on centers, hitting studs where possible. On metal buildings, attach the lath with a drill and self-tapping screws. Be sure to attach the lath with the right side up so the small cups are pointing upward.

Outside, on wood surfaces, apply a vapor barrier such as felt building paper before attaching the lath.



2. Applying the Scratch Coat



Although many installations may not require a scratch coat, as a rule lathed surfaces should be covered with a thin coat of mortar and allowed to set prior to installing stone veneer.

Mortar can be mixed by combining: masonry cement and sand; regular Portland cement, masonry cement and sand; or, regular Portland cement, lime, and sand. If convenience is more important than economy, premixed mortar can be used. In any case, the mortar should be mixed with enough water to achieve a workable (not too wet, not too dry) consistency.

The same mortar can be used for scratch coating, for applying the stone, and for grouting the joints.


3. Mortaring the Stone

Before starting to install Rock Your World, it is best to lay out stone near the work area to give you a better choice of stone.

Select a stone and apply a 1/2 inch thick, even layer of mortar to the back of the stone.




 

4. Applying the Stone


Press the stone firmly into place on the wall surface so that the mortar behind the stone squeezes out around all sides. Using a gentle wiggling action while applying the stone will ensure a good bond.

In warm weather, masonry surfaces may need to be dampened prior to installing so that moisture will not be drawn from the mortar too rapidly.

5. Trimming the Stone

When necessary, Stone Veneer can be cut and shaped with a diamond tipped cutting blade affixed to an angle grinder or circular saw. A brick trowel or nippers can be used to form special sizes and shapes for better fitting. Always try to position the trimmed stones on the wall surface so the cut edges will not show. Be sure to utilize appropriate personal protective gear when cutting.

6. Grouting the Joints

After all of the stone veneer has been applied to the wall surface, fill a grout bag with mortar, and in the same manner as decorating a cake, partially fill the joints between the stone with mortar. While grouting, be sure to cover any noticeable broken stone edges with mortar. If you prefer color mortar joints, oxide color can be mixed with your mortar prior to grouting.

7. Striking the Joints

When the mortar joints become firm to the touch, use a wooden or metal striking tool to rake out the excess mortar to the desired depth and to force the mortar into the joints to thoroughly seal the joint edges. Be careful not to work the joints too soon or the mortar will smear.

8. Brushing

Brush the mortar joints with a whiskbroom to smooth and clean away the loose mortar. At the same time, brush off any mortar spots from the face of the stone. Loose mortar and mortar spots which have set for only a few hours clean up easily and should never be allowed to setup overnight.




9. Completion

The use of a high quality waterproofing sealer is recommended on any Rock Your World surface, but especially on those exposed to severe freezing or thawing, excessive moisture, or conditions which could discolor or stain the stone. A sealed surface is much easier to clean than an unsealed surface.