7 Best Practices for Installing Stone SidingMay 24th, 2023
Versetta Stone™ panelized stone siding combines the timeless look of stone with an easy-to-install format suitable for pros and DIYers alike. It also can be supplied at traditional lumberyards with your other exterior materials.
Much like a traditional siding panel, Versetta Stone features an integrated nailing flange through which it is fastened to the wall—no mortar, scratch coat, or metal lath required. Each lightweight panel covers 2 square feet and features a built-in rainscreen.
Full instructions should always be followed and can be found here. In addition, here are a few best practices and key steps to keep in mind to ensure Versetta Stone looks and performs at its best:
• Plan ahead: Versetta Stone’s Ledgestone and Tight-Cut profiles are made from 20 different master molds that can be flipped, allowing for 80 square feet of wall coverage without visual repetition. Still, it’s important to plan your layout ahead of time to avoid repetition and visible seams. Ensure your seams will stair step by staggering each course a minimum of 8”. Versetta’s Universal Corners ensure corner intersections also have a finished appearance; follow the installation instructions for a staggered left-right installation to achieve an authentic look.
• Mark studs ahead of time and be sure to hit two studs per panel.
• Consider black housewrap or felt paper when to help further disguise seams.
• Keep it level: Just like any siding installation, verify your courses are level often.
• Brush away dust: When cutting, debris can sometimes land in the panel grooves. Be sure to brush it out to ensure the tongue-and-groove panels nest together properly and your courses stay level.
• Drive fasteners straight and flush when installing stone siding to ensure proper performance.
• Create smooth transitions: When installing stone siding half-walls for a multi-textured facade, Versetta Stone’s wainscot cap/sill can create an ideal finish and transition from the stone to the cladding above. The wainscot includes the same nailing fin as the siding for easy installation. Install flashing over the nailing fin and then shingle the other cladding over top to ensure water sheds off of the sill. Leave a small gap between the cladding and the stone, per each cladding’s installation instructions.
• Adjust for continuous insulation: If installing Versetta Stone over foam insulation boards, it’s best practice to install an additional layer of sheathing on top of the foam tied back to the studs. You will need to use longer fasteners to accommodate the additional two layers. Consult this Technical Evaluation Report for fastener requirements.