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Working with Manufactured Stone

Fake rocks can look pretty good if you know what you’re doing

Manufactured stone might get a bad rap for not being the real thing, but installed correctly, it can have a long life and can appear deceptively real. Mason Brendan Mostecki has nearly ten years of experience working with manufactured stone, and he shares his lessons on how to make a good installation. Mostecki begins by preparing a solid substrate with peel-and-stick membrane, wire lath, and builders' felt. He says that corners should go on first and that it's important to keep variety in mind when placing pieces. Mostecki also includes tips for preparing the mortar and applying it correctly so that the manufactured stone isn't damaged or defaced. The article includes a sidebar on the different sizes and styles of mortar joints for manufactured stone.

Working with Manufactured Stone
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