Framed Open Stud Wall (Exterior)
Once the studs are in place, exterior sheathing that meets local building codes needs to be applied. 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.
The next step after the weather resistant barrier is to apply an expanded metal lath (wire mesh). It is important that galvanized nails are used when applying this mesh. Of equal importance is to make sure that when the metal lath is installed, it completely wraps around each corner with a minimum of six inches of overlap on the adjacent wall. The final step before installing the stone is to apply approximately a half inch of scratch coat to the wall.