1. STANDARD, RAKED METHOD
The raked method is achieved by allowing the mortar to dry to a soft texture, sometimes called “thumb-print hard” where pressing your finger or thumb in the joint leaves a minor impression. This allows installers to work the mortar by raking excess mortar from the ¼” to ½” gaps between the stones. The act of raking the joints results in a concave groove that adds depth to projects using the following stones: Ashlar, Castle Rock, Ledgestone, Dimensional Ledge Stone, Dimensional, and Fieldledge stones. Modification of the stones is rarely required since the mortar can cover many of the inconsistencies in the natural stone veneer. This method will result in an organized, yet unique look that will add a very professional, prestigious look to your new home.