Upgrading your chimney can add an instant curb appeal and interest to the outside of your house because the chimney is visible from most parts of the yard. Chimney stone veneer is a good design since it is lightweight made of composite material made from cement, sand and pigment. Most people can’t tell the difference between veneer and real stone when it is viewed side by side. So, it is a good alternative of stone that you can use in your home. Since stone veneer is lighter than stone, then it is the most significant benefit you can enjoy because you can easily install it without having to have any problem with the weight.
To build a chimney stone veneer, you need to firstly install waterproof sheeting all the way around the chimney. Cut them to size to cover the chimney completely. The waterproof sheeting is used to protect the chimney and the stone from the water damage. Use trim nails to attach the sheets. After that, screw furring strips around the perimeter of the chimney. If your chimney is made of wood framing, you can attach the strips with wood screws and use masonry screws if the chimney is concrete block. Hang metal lath using fasteners to the furring strips. Spread ½ inch of mortar in a 6-foot area. Press the veneer into the mortar and push the stones together tightly to eliminate gaps. Work around the chimney until all the stone veneers are placed. Measure and mark any stones that need to be cut with a pencil. Using a diamond tipped saw, cut across the stone veneer, cut deep enough to score the stone. Place a chisel into the scored line and hit the hit the back of the chisel with a masonry hammer. After that, split the stone in two pieces. The last, spread mortar along the back of the veneer and press the stone on the chimney in place.
You can build a chimney stone veneer using some steps above and you can complete it easily to give your home more appealing.