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Can I install Anatoliy Stone myself?
Many a DIY’er has successfully installed Anatoliy Stone projects themselves. However, it is very important that you understand the correct process for installation prior to beginning.

Should I choose to have a professional installation done?
That is completely up to you and we are here to answer questions and offer referrals to professional stone masons and contractors local to our showroom.

Are there specialty tools needed to install?
Anatoliy Stone can be installed with basic tools, mortar mix, and metal lath purchased at most building supply centers, hardware stores, lumber yards and home improvement stores.

Before I start, how should I plan the stone layout and cutting?
— Prior to beginning installation, all stones should be laid out, face up, so you can effectively visualize and plan stone placement and cuts.
— There is little chance of repetition with our product, however, you should still lay out multiple boxes randomly to ensure a good mix of color and size.
— Alternate corner colors and shapes.
— Use as few cuts as possible by starting at the edges and corners of the structure you’re laying veneer over, working inwards.

How do I cut or trim stones to fit?
Cutting or trimming the stones are done best with a circular or masonry saw, a mason blade in a skill saw, a diamond saw, a mason hammer or shingle hammer, wide-mouth nippers or a hatchet. A hammer and chisel or mechanical splitter may also be used to split stone to a specific size for your project.

What if it’s cold when we install Anatoliy Stone?
Ambient temperature should be 40ºF or higher at the time of install. Frozen mortar can result from anything under 40ºF, so if you have a cold weather question or install deadline, contact us for recommendations.

What are your recommendations for weather or water resistant barrier (WRB)?
— WRB must meet the requirements of IAPMO UES ER-692 which is the “Acceptance Criteria for Water-Resistive Barriers”
— 60 minute rating is recommended for Grade D paper
— Felt paper must meet ASTM D 226 requirements for #15 or #30 asphalt saturated felt. NOTE: Felt meeting ASTM D 4869 or non-AST M #15 felt is not recommended.
— WRB must be intact and free of holes, tears, etc
— You may use one layer of WRB on interior applications
— Two layers of WRB should be used in all other applications, except if all requirements above are met, you may use one layer of house wrap covered by a second layer of WRB

Can I install Anatoliy Stone directly to cement board?
Yes, with some caveats:
— Use a polymer modified mortar compliant with ANSI A118.4 or ANSI A118.15.
— Do not use conventional Type S mortar for bonding Anatoliy Stone to cement board.
— For interior applications, any ½” or 5 8″ cement board product is acceptable.
— Use only cement board that complies with ASTM C1325 for exterior use.

Do I need a rainscreen drainage plane system?
Contact us when purchasing your Anatoliy Stone Product to find out if a rainscreen drainage plane system is recommended for that application. Likewise, check with your local building codes to find out if a rainscreen drainage plane system is required.

Why does installation require the stone be at or above grade level?
There are several reasons for this important requirement:
— Building codes demand clearance between the stone veneer and the grade or ground level to protect the wall by allowing water to drain at the base.
— Our stone cannot tolerate the chemicals and moisture from the constant contact with vegetation and soil at ground level.
— Contact with vegetation or soil below the base of the wall can introduce bugs like termites, as well as growth of vegetation behind the facade.

What do you recommend in regards to flashing around windows and doors for exterior applications?
It’s important to install a means of drainage and a rigid and corrosion-resistant flashing. This installation (type and locations) will be determined by your local applicable building code.

Do I need to install support ledges or footings?
Our stone veneer products are bonded directly to the structure by mortar and are lightweight enough they do not need support footings or ledges.

What about control, expansion and movement joints?
Do not cover any joints with veneer as it will lead to cracking by treating each section between joints as separate installations.

Can we install Anatoliy Stone on a structure that is over 30″ high?
Check with your local building code official, but generally there is a height limit of 30′ for wood-frame surfaces. Generally, non-wood-framed surfaces such as concrete walls have no specific height limitation, however, you must check with your local code official if your project exceeds 30′ in height to be sure.

Where do I get information about grout and mortar?
Please visit our Grout Techniques [Link to Grout] page for lots information about using grout and mortar during installation.

What if I have more unanswered questions?
We’re happy to help! Stop by our showroom if you’re local, or visit our Contact page. [Link to Contact Page]