Stone Veneer and Block Repair Services

Stone veneer and Block are both various types of construction materials designed to replicate stone. Natural stone is hard to transport do to it’s weight, more expensive, and less consistent due to variations it mineral composition. Stone veneers retain the aesthetic of natural stone while improving the economics and stability of it. Stone veneer is comprised of a lightweight concrete and is put into a mold that replicates the characteristics of natural stone.

Typically, stone veneer is installed on top of wood surfaces with metal laths (a mesh foundation similar to a window screen) filled with mortar beneath. Blocks are also units like bricks and are formed using concrete or cement. Usually, blocks are installed by staking the wall, while also creating a durable foundation that can hold the blocks.

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Stone Veneer and Block Repair Specialists

Thin stone veneer was first developed in the late 19th century. Modern stone veneer first made its appearance in the late 1800s. The oldest of modern stone veneer product was made out of granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate. Early in its development, thin stone veneer only had the capabilities to be utilized in areas such as the inside of buildings, street-level facades and storefronts.

Panels of stone veneer were generally installed via mortar techniques, with steel rods drilled into the edges of panels providing support. The utilization of thin stone veneer for complete facades of buildings popped up in the 1940s. Stone veneer construction became much of what we see today in the 1950s. Transportation improved, so stone veneer was transported more efficiently and at lower costs than ever before. Thin stone veneer in the 1960s became more of a standardized look – in fact, standard education on stone veneer became available in The Marble Engineering Handbook and Marble-Faced Precast Panels, which were published by the Marble Institute of America and National Association of Marble Producers.

As stone veneer panels got thinner in the 1960s, the properties of the stone used became more important in order to compensate (as did safety considerations). Concrete as an aid to stone veneer continued to develop, “in order to eliminate bowing, cracking, and staining of the veneer.” Veneers are now produced by applying high amounts of pressure to the concrete molds to make them more dense.

Veneers are commonly in need of repair for many reasons, two common ones are pieces falling off due to water damage and inadequate mortar. If an inadequate bonding agent is used when installing it, pieces of the veneer can fall apart, or if the interior of the wall is exposed to humidity or fluid, water damage can cause the solvent to loosen. Depending on the type of damages, the amount of preparation required for stone veneer or block repair varies. However, rather than incorrectly restoring your walls, and possibly making the damage worse, use MSIs professional assistance. We have specialists equipped with the knowledge and material needed to appropriately detect your problems and get the job done right.

MSI is one of the leading administrators in North and South Carolina for stone veneer and block repair, serving many commercial clients across the states. Contact us today for a quote.