Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Getting "In Shape" with Stoneyard.com

Learn how to properly trim Thin Veneer for your next stone project

Here at Stoneyard.com we reclaim New England Fieldstone from farms and fields throughout New England. This natural stone is used to cut my New England Fieldstone Thin Veneers. It is available in four popular cuts including: Ledgestone, Mosaic, Square & Rectangular, and our newest cut, Round. When using these great veneers for your installations please remember that this stone is hard and dense. It is important to layout the stones before you start the install to create the best possible pattern and look for your project.

Trimming of the stone may be necessary if you are looking for a more uniform look. It is recommended that you use masonry tools to trim as much as possible to keep the natural faces of the stone intact. Start from the outside of the stone and work your way in, chipping the stone off in small pieces. If you try to chip too much of the stone at once you may end up breaking it where you didn't intend.

If you need to remove more stone than you can chip, it is recommended that you use a diamond blade to cut the stone. Make sure you mark where you want to cut the stone with something that is water resistant. Cutting stone requires a considerable amount of water to keep the stone cool and the blade free of stone chips and debris. Cutting should be done outside or someplace where you can contain the water and clean it up easily.

Finally, keep your cut about 1/4 of an inch away from where you need to end up. Chip the last 1/4 inch with your masonry tools. This will give the sawn edge a rough natural look that is consistent with the rest of the stone.

Stoneyard.com recommends using a mason or other stone professional to do the installation for your stone projects. For help finding a stone professional near you, please use our Dealer/Installer search. For more information on our products and installation please visit our Literature section. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

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