Brentwood Stone Veneer
Leading Stone Veneer Contractors in Brentwood, CA
Stone veneers refer to pieces of stones that are thinly cut before installing them on the sides of the home. These artificial stones are available in a wide range of shapes and colors. You can even have them arranged in different patterns.
If you have an old and uninspiring brick fireplace, you may want to give it a fresh look. One of the methods that homeowners use to do that is by trying to paint the bricks. Unfortunately, painted bricks are often unattractive and can even affect the value of your home.
One of the best ways of giving your brick walls a fresh look is installing stone veneers over bricks. What is even better is that you don’t need to demolish the old bricks to do that. Stone veneers allow you to dress up the interior bricks, giving your home a fresh look. This can even add to the value of your home.
Can Brick Veneers Be Installed Over Brick?
The answer is yes. However, this isn’t as easy as trowelling mortar over the brick before installing veneers. Like it is the case with other surfaces, you need to ensure that the brick is offering a stable surface for the layer of the veneer. At the bare minimum, you should apply a wet scratch coat on the brick before installing the veneer.
A scratch coat refers to a mortar coat that offers a firm and porous surface that enables the veneer to stick on. A good idea would install the cement board on the brick before installing veneer on the cement.
Can a Scratch Coat Work on the Brick?
If the brick is painted, t isn’t possible to use a scratch coat as it isn’t porous. However, even unpainted bricks will come with their imperfections. For instance, the very broken or smooth-surfaced bricks may not be the right choice for a scratch coat. The smooth brick isn’t porous to a point where it can take in mortar.
Why Use Stone Veneers Over Bricks
Brick veneers over brick offer a fun and straightforward way of updating your surface. This is because stone veneers are available in a wide range of colors. You can use them to provide a fresh look and texture in your space. Besides having your new space looking great, another benefit of using stone veneer over the brick is that it is a fast and easy process in the preparation and installation of veneers.
Installation of Stone Veneers Over Bricks
You will need to keep on making the brick surface ready for the successful installation of stone veneer over the brick substrate. Ensure that the brick is well prepared by getting rid of any dirt, oil, or paint. This will leave you with a fresh and porous surface. You should then apply a scratch coat to create a level and smooth surface. In case you have shallow and sound mortar joints, you can go with a direct application.
If the brick’s surface is structurally sound but is painted, you can use the cement backer board as the bonding substrate. After the substrate is ready, you can install stone veneers on the brick substrate. By working with a knowledgeable masonry contractor, you can turn your old brick wall into the centerpiece of your home.
To learn how you can use stone veneers over bricks to transform the look of your old brick home, contact Brentwood Pro Concrete Co. at (925)309-5329 for free estimates.