What is Sakala Stone made out of?
How much Stone should I order for my project?
Handcrafted stone is a lightweight, cement-based product. It’s made with cement, lightweight aggregates, mineral pigments, a plasticizing additive and fiberglass fibers.
What product styles do you currently offer?
What colors do your stone product come in?
Visit our Determining Coverage Area Page
in the D.I.Y. Center of our website. Also, our team will be able to review a sketch of your project and provide an estimate.
How do I select the stone products for my project?
We offer many standard colors and color blends: Tan, natural, light grey, medium grey, moss, taupe, brown, golden, etc. We also offer blends: Manor Blend, Grey Blend, Fox Chapel Blend, Woodland Blend, Gettysburg Grey, etc. Every color you see can be made in any style of stone. Custom coloring is our specialty.
Do I have to use the same stone as outside on my inside fireplace?
Basically, there are two decisions to make: What style of stone do I like and what color should I use. Paul and Cindy can help you narrow your choices based on the look you are trying to achieve and the other colors you are working with in your project.
Can I install it myself, or do you have installers that I have to use?
No, you don’t. We do recommend that you choose either the same color or the same style, so there is some continuity from inside to outside. It depends on your circumstances.
What kinds of surfaces can Sakala Stone Products be installed over?
We specialize in helping Do-It-Yourselfers to have a successful experience using Handcrafted Stone. IF you need installation services, there are several installers whom we recommend,
or you can use your own contractor.
How does Sakala Stone install over wood or drywall?
Handcrafted Stone can be installed over any structurally sound surface such as o.s.b., brick, block, drywall, on foundations, etc. No additional footing is needed to support the stone.
Which way does the lath go?
Expanded metal lath can be applied. It comes in 26” x 8’ sheets and is designed to accept a parge coat of mortar, creating a cement-based surface for stone application.
Do I have to put a coat of mortar on the lath?
The metal lath is reversible; either side can be turned out. HOWEVER, put it up horizontally, overlapping sheets an inch or so. When you run your hand UP on the lath it should feel rough, DOWN will feel smooth. Cups on the lath should be bent upward and it shouldn’t look shiny – shiny is upside-down.
Can I use cement board and skip installing the lath?
Yes, a parge coat of mortar is necessary to seal the lath and to provide a cement-based surface to adhere the stone.
Can I used premixed mortar?
Cement board is an acceptable alternative, but be sure it is cement board and not tile underlayment or something similar. No lath is needed over cement board. You will still need to put a parge coat of mortar over the cement board.
What about using construction adhesive to put up the stone. Will that work?
How is the stone packed?
NO, NO and NO. Pre-mixed mortar uses coarser sand and an insufficient mortar-to-sand ratio to provide a good bond. Follow our installation guidelines and use Type N or S mortar mixed in a ratio of 2 parts fine mason sand to 1 part mortar, by volume.
How much does Sakala Stone weigh?
Most orders are palletized and stretch wrapped. Smaller orders (less than 60 sq. ft.) are boxed.
What about corners?
Less than 9 lbs / sq. ft, installed.
We make matching outside 90 degree corners for every style and color. There are no “inside corners.” Flats are laced into the corner from opposing walls.