#1 | Dry-Laid or Recessed Mortar JointsMortar is recessed approximately 1/2 inch from the face of stone. Mortar can be raked out or installed without pointing. The dry-laid appearance can have nice "shadow lines."
One way to install natural stone is to dry fit the pieces together and show no grout between the pieces. This installation technique will require the most trimming and material waste (typically between 25%-50%). Some shapes and colors may have a higher waste factor than others. This look is popular on interior applications and especially with the Ledgestone and Ashlar shaped products.
Boston Blend Ledgestone Dry-Laid Installation
Colonial Tan Ledgestone Dry-Laid Installation
#2 | Standard grout joints - Concave
Typical interior joint thickness: 1/4" - 3/8" | Typical exterior joint size: 3/4" - 1 1/2"
Boston Blend Sq & Rec Standard Joint Installation
Boston Blend Mosaic Standard Joint Installation
#3 | Face Over Grout / Wide Joints
Boston Blend Mosaic with Wide Joint Installation
Tips and SuggestionsJoints should be as consistent or uniform as possible. The project may have different colored pointing mortar which can also affect the look. The pointing mortar you can choose from a variety of colors from light gray to black will need to be decided based on the stone. A mock-up is important before starting a project to finalize all of these details. A mason will make a panel (3'x4' in size) installing the material based on the specifications you requested. You can then make changes and decide if this is what you would want your installation to look like or if you would like to make any changes. Once approved, the mason will use it as a guide while installing. When they have questions they can fall back on that for a guide.
- Joints should be as consistent and uniform as possible
- Colored mortar is available
- Mock-ups are always recommended
- Larger projects (2,500 SF+) may have lower waste factors. Smaller jobs (under 2,500 SF) may have much higher waste factors than listed above.