4 Common Mistakes When Applying Stone Veneer Panels

Stone veneer panels have become incredibly popular in recent years. 

It’s easy to see why this is the case. 

A clean, elegant look, mixed with a relatively easy installation process, serve as just two, of many, reasons why stone veneer panels are as popular as they are.

Even though stone veneer panels are, as mentioned, relatively easy to install, there are a few installation mistakes that a surprising number of people tend to make.

To ensure that your stone veneer panels come together in a pleasant, easy way, you should be aware of these mistakes, as well as the solutions you can follow, to prevent them from happening.

Mistake 01: A Lack Of Materials

Every stone veneer panel project requires a set of very particular materials.

Some of these materials include stone veneer panels and mortar, as well as the necessary tools.

To ensure that your project is a success, you need to acquire these materials.

Even more than that, though, you must acquire the amount of materials that you need, so as to ensure that your project is a success.

A lack of materials means being unable to properly finish your stone veneer panel project. 

You can, of course, purchase materials later, after realizing you don’t have enough of what you need. But, it’s a lot easier to purchase the materials you need beforehand, so that the project can be completed in one relatively brief session.

To prevent this mistake from taking place, consider the project you’re working on.

Just consider the number of stone veneer panels you plan on installing, where you plan on installing them, as well as the materials you know you need.

You can then use that information to calculate the number of panels you need, as well as how much mortar is necessary for the completion of this project.

Right after you have that information, try to buy everything that you need and, then, at least 10% more. This way, if you need more than you thought, you won’t need to go out and buy more.

Mistake 02: Gaps Between The Panels

A single-layer of stone veneer panels will rarely have any gaps between them.

For stacked stone veneer panels, though, seeing gaps between the panels is too common.

The main reason for this is due to the fact that a set of stacked stone veneer panels contains many panels.

Since you’re working with so many panels, it’s likely that some of these panels may, if you aren’t looking too closely, possess uneven edges.

Uneven edges mesh poorly with even edges, creating ugly gaps between other panels.

To prevent this from happening, take a close look at every stone veneer panel you purchase. And, while taking a close look, make sure each panel possesses clean, even edges.

To go along with that solution, though, make sure to install stone veneer panels only on even surfaces. You can install them on uneven surfaces, but the results will be, on an aesthetic level, far less pleasing.

Mistake 03: Improper Installation Around Windows

Every single window, in your home, is a space for moisture to flow through.

The problem is that stone veneer panels really don’t like moisture. Many of them aren’t equipped to handle moisture flowing through them or around them.

Since this is the case, it’s very easy for the moisture flowing around your windows to begin building up, all around the stone veneer panels.

To prevent this from happening, you can place drip caps on the heads of the windows your stone veneer panels will be connected to. 

By doing this, all of that moisture that passes by your window will flow away from your home and, in turn, the stone veneer panels located right by that same window.

You won’t need to worry about moisture building up in your home or around your stone veneer panels.

Mistake 04: Corners Not Properly Lined Up

Every stone veneer panel corner must be cut at a 45-degree angle.

A stone veneer panel that does not possess a 45-degree angle will be unable to line up with the other stone veneer panels. This has the effect of not only making the corners look ugly but, also, making every other panel look a little strange.

To prevent this from happening, use a miter saw to cut each corner piece at a 45-degree angle. 

Or, alternatively, hire someone else to do this for you.

If you keep this measurement exact, then every stone veneer panel will mesh with every other panel, creating a structure that looks clean and elegant.


Each one of the mistakes outlined in this guide is far more common than it needs to be.

To prevent these mistakes from happening, you just need to follow the solution outlined.

Even though these solutions are simple, they are effective.

You will, by following those solutions, and being careful in your work, create a lovely stone veneer panel structure that offers everything you wanted to bring into your home.

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