Framed Open Stud Wall (Exterior)
To apply natural thin stone veneer to an exterior open stud wall, exterior sheathing (which meets local building codes) needs to be attached to the studs. Types of sheathing include: treated plywood, rigid composite board or flush metal siding. A weather resistance barrier is then applied to the sheathing. At The Quarry Mill, we recommend overlapping the weather resistance barrier by a minimum of six inches at each joint.
After the weather resistant barrier, the next step is to apply an expanded metal lath (wire mesh). It is important that galvanized nails are used when applying this mesh. The metal lath should completely wrap around each corner with a minimum of six inches of overlap on the adjacent walls. The final step before installing the stone is to apply approximately a half inch of scratch coat to the wall.