Installation Guide

Installing Cultured Stones: A Step-by-Step Guide


We're here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful installation process. Let's dive right in:

  • Plan and Prepare: Start by carefully assessing your project area and making a plan. Take measurements, determine the desired layout, and gather all the necessary tools and materials. Proper planning is key to a hassle-free installation.

  • Surface Preparation: Before installing cultured stone, ensure that the surface is clean, dry, and structurally sound. Clear the area of any dirt, debris, or loose materials. If needed, apply a weather-resistant barrier or metal lath to ensure proper adhesion.

  • Mix the Mortar: Mix the mortar to the appropriate consistency. Use a mortar mixer or a drill with a paddle attachment for efficient and thorough mixing.

  • Apply the Mortar Scratch Coat: Apply a scratch coat of mortar onto the prepared surface using a trowel. Make sure the scratch coat is evenly spread and has a thickness of approximately 3/8 inch. Use horizontal and vertical grooves to create a rough surface for better adhesion.

  • Install the Cultured Stone: Starting from the bottom, place the cultured stone units onto the scratch coat, pressing firmly to ensure a secure bond. Apply mortar to the back of each stone before placing it, ensuring full coverage. Maintain consistent joint spacing and stagger the seams for a natural look.

  • Cutting and Fitting: Use a diamond blade saw or a wet saw to cut the cultured stone units to fit around corners, windows, or other obstacles. Take accurate measurements and make precise cuts for a seamless installation.

  • Mortar Joints: After placing the units, fill in the mortar joints using a pointing trowel. Press the mortar firmly into the joints and shape them to the desired depth and profile. Remove any excess mortar from the stone surface using a brush or sponge.

  • Finishing Touches: Once the mortar has cured, clean the cultured stone surface using a non-acidic, mild detergent and a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residue.

*Remember, this installation guide provides a general overview. For specific instructions and guidance tailored to your project, reach out to our team at Urban Stone for personalised support.




Installing Terracotta Blocks: A Step-by-Step Guide


We're here to guide you through the installation process, ensuring that your project with our terracotta blocks goes smoothly and turns out beautifully. Let's get started:

  • Assess and Prepare: Begin by assessing your project area and planning out the installation. Measure the space, consider the desired layout and pattern, and gather all the necessary tools and materials. Proper preparation sets the stage for success!

  • Surface Preparation: Ensure that the surface is clean, level, and structurally sound. Remove any debris, dirt, or old materials. If needed, use a leveling compound to create a smooth and even surface for the terracotta blocks.

  • Lay the Foundation: Start from a corner or edge, and lay the first row of the terracotta blocks. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap each block into place, ensuring a snug fit. Pay attention to alignment and maintain consistent joint spacing for a professional finish.

  • Build the Layers: Continue laying subsequent rows, interlocking the terracotta blocks together. Stagger the seams and vary the block sizes to create an appealing and natural-looking pattern. Use a level frequently to check for plumb and level alignment.

  • Cutting and Trimming: If necessary, use a saw or a block splitter to cut the terracotta blocks to fit around corners, edges, or obstacles. Take accurate measurements and make clean cuts for a seamless integration into your design.

  • Adhesive and Backfill: As you lay the terracotta blocks, apply a suitable adhesive to ensure a strong bond between the blocks and the foundation. Backfill the open spaces behind the blocks with suitable material, such as gravel or compacted soil, for stability.

  • Finishing Touches: Once the terracotta blocks are in place, step back and admire your progress! Clean any excess adhesive or debris from the surface, using a damp cloth or sponge. Give your installation a final check for alignment and make any necessary adjustments.

*Remember, this installation guide provides a general overview. For specific instructions and guidance tailored to your project, reach out to our team at Urban Stone for personalised support.




Installing Stamped Concrete: A Step-by-Step Guide


We're here to walk you through the installation process and help you create stunning surfaces with our stamped concrete. Let's dive in:

  • Plan and Prepare: Begin by planning out your project. Consider the area you want to cover with stamped concrete and determine the desired pattern and design. Take measurements, gather the necessary tools and materials, and ensure you have everything you need for a successful installation.

  • Surface Preparation: Prepare the surface by cleaning it thoroughly and removing any dirt, debris, or existing materials. Address any cracks or imperfections, ensuring a smooth and level surface. Proper surface preparation is essential for a flawless stamped concrete finish.

  • Mix and Pour the Concrete: Mix the concrete, ensuring the right consistency. Once mixed, pour the concrete onto the prepared surface, working in manageable sections to maintain control.

  • Level and Smooth the Concrete: Use a screed or a straight board to level and smooth the poured concrete, ensuring an even thickness throughout. Smooth out any ridges or inconsistencies using a bull float or a trowel.

  • Apply Release Agent: Before stamping, apply a release agent onto the surface of the concrete. This will prevent the stamps from sticking and create natural-looking textures and patterns.

  • Stamp the Concrete: Begin stamping the concrete while it's still wet and workable. Place the stamps carefully onto the surface, pressing down firmly to create the desired pattern. Move systematically across the area, ensuring proper alignment and spacing between stamps.

  • Finishing Touches: Once the stamped concrete has dried enough to support weight, use an edger and a jointer to create clean and defined edges. If desired, apply a sealant to enhance the appearance and protect the surface from stains and weathering.

*Remember, this installation guide provides a general overview. For specific instructions and guidance tailored to your project, reach out to our team at Urban Stone for personalised support.




Installing Stone Veneer: A Step-by-Step Guide


We're here to guide you through the installation process and help you achieve stunning results with our stone veneer. Let's get started:

  • Plan and Prepare: Begin by planning out your project. Assess the area where you want to install the stone veneer and determine the desired layout and design. Take measurements, gather the necessary tools and materials, and ensure you have everything you need for a successful installation.

  • Surface Preparation: Prepare the surface where the stone veneer will be applied. Ensure it is clean, dry, and structurally sound. Remove any debris or loose material, and repair any cracks or imperfections. A solid and smooth surface is key for a seamless installation.

  • Apply the Scratch Coat: Mix the mortar according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a scratch coat of mortar onto the prepared surface using a trowel. Create a rough surface by making horizontal and vertical grooves in the mortar to enhance adhesion.

  • Back Butter the Stones: Apply mortar to the back of each stone veneer piece using a trowel, also known as "back buttering." Ensure the entire back surface is covered with a thin layer of mortar for proper adhesion.

  • Install the Stone Veneer Starting from the bottom, press each stone veneer piece into the mortar scratch coat. Apply slight pressure and wiggle the stone gently to ensure good contact with the mortar. Maintain consistent joint spacing and stagger the seams for a natural look.

  • Cutting and Fitting: Use a wet saw or a diamond blade to cut the stone veneer pieces as needed to fit around corners, edges, or obstacles. Take accurate measurements and make clean cuts for a precise and seamless installation.

  • Mortar Joints: After installing the stone veneer pieces, fill in the mortar joints using a pointing trowel. Press the mortar firmly into the joints and shape them to the desired depth and profile. Remove any excess mortar from the stone surface using a brush or sponge.

  • Finishing Touches: Step back and admire your beautiful stone veneer installation! Clean any remaining mortar residue from the surface using a non-acidic, mild detergent and a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with water to reveal the full beauty of the stone.

*Remember, this installation guide provides a general overview. For specific instructions and guidance tailored to your project, reach out to our team at Urban Stone for personalised support.