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How to Install Manufactured Stone Veneer – Kodiak Mountain Stone

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Stone adds an elegance and beauty to a home, a fireplace, feature wall or any other project that it is used on. But to ensure the desired results it is important that our stone veneer is installed properly. Proper installation ensures the final project has the visual appearance desired, but there are also important aspects physically such as the proper surface preparation (i.e. moisture barrier, etc.).

 

The majority of our stone veneer is installed by professional masons but we also get a lot of inquiries from those who want to  take on the project themselves. Either way, it is helpful to know how to properly install your stone veneer to make sure it is being done correctly.  Before you begin any installation it is important that you know and understand your local building codes and requirements.

 

In this article we will use our installation manual to help you understand everything from how to determine the amount of stone you need, what tools are required, how to prepare the surface and how to install the stone. We will also include a video that walks you through each of these steps.  Additionally we will talk about Polymer Modified Mortar and it’s uses and benefits.

 

Installation Guide

Found Online HERE

 

Estimating Material Needed:

  1. Measure total square footage of area to be covered with Kodiak Mountain stone veneer. For example, a wall may be 12 feet at the base and 12 feet high—12 x 12 = 144 square feet.
  2. Determine the area of all large openings such as windows and doors. For example, the wall in part A) may have a window measuring 3 feet by 4 feet —3 x 4 = 12 square feet.
  3. Determine the linear footage of corner stones needed. Each linear foot of corner stones also accounts for approximately ½ square foot of area. For example, the wall in part A) may have 24 linear feet of corners—24 x ½ = 12 square feet of area.
  4. Deduct the area of openings and corner area square footage from total square footage: A – B –- C = needed square footage of rock. Example from parts A), B), and C) yields the following: 144 -– 12 –- 12 = 120 square feet of flats are needed, along with 24 linear feet of corners.
  5. Some extra quantity of stone is desirable for fitting and cutting. Please add 10%.

Tools Needed:


– Hammer

– Level

– Grinder complete with masonry cutting blade

– Circular Saw complete with both wood and masonry blade

– Safety Glasses

– Dust Mask

– Grout Bag

– Soft Bristled Brush

– 1 ¾” Roofing Nails

– Tin Snips

– Wheel Barrow

– Hoe

– Masonry Trowel

– Hawk

– Spacers or “shims”

– ¼” Margin Trowel

– Hammer Tacker complete with Staples

– Stiff Bristle Brush

I. Preparing the Surface

1. Moisture Barrier

If you are installing the stone over wallboard, paneling, plywood, or other rigid woodrelated
sheathing, it is necessary to cover the wall surface with a moisture barrier. In
most cases, building codes are satisfied by using 2 layers of tar paper or two-ply 60
minute grade D paper. Be sure that the sheets overlap from the bottom up. Overlap 2
inches on the horizontal seams and 6 inches on the vertical seams. Flashing, weep
screed, and appropriate drainage means are required at stoppage points of stone
veneer and at any places of potential penetration.
When stone is to be installed over clean brick, block, cement board or other masonry
surfaces, no moisture barrier is necessary.
Check your local building codes for required flashing specifics and to ensure these
instructions meet specific moisture barrier requirements.

2. Wire Lath

Directly over the moisture barrier, cover the area with a wire lath. We recommend
using at least a 2.5 lb (1.71 Kg) diamond mesh expanded wire lath meeting the
requirements of ASTM C 847. Overlap lath sides and ends no less than 1”. Be sure
the lath is attached with the small cups pointing upward. Attach the lath using
galvanized nails or staples every 6” on center vertically, and 16” on center
horizontally, trying to penetrate studs with each nail. Use staples or fasten any loose
areas between the studs. Use tin snips to cut the lath. With corners, ensure that the
lath is tightly folded—never have a seam on the corner, and nail the lath on both faces
of the corner.

II. Mixing the Setting Mortars

You will need three different mixes for your stone veneer installation: scratch coat,
mortar, and grout. Each differs and requires specific amounts of different materials.
While each mason tends to have their own recipes, we have found the following
proportions to work well:

  • Scratch Coat— – 1 part Type S Masonry Mortar, 2 parts Masonry Sand
  • Mortar— – 1 part Type S Masonry Mortar, 2 parts Masonry Sand
  • Grout— – 1 Part Type S Masonry Mortar, 3 Parts Sand

NOTE: If mixing your own mortar from scratch, ensure that all ingredients comply with, and
are mixed to meet ASTM standards and/or local building codes:

  • Cement: ASTM C 150, Type I, or masonry cement meeting ASTM C 91.
  • Masonry sand: ASTM C 144, natural or manufactured.
  • Pigments: ASTM C 979, mineral oxide type. Do not exceed color manufacturer’s limitations.
  • Mixed mortar should comply with ASTM C 270, Type S requirements
  • Mixed grout should comply with ASTM C 270, Type S proportions

*See below for information on Polymer Modified Mortar

Steps:

  1. Combine mortar and sand in a wheelbarrow and mix them together. Do this before adding any water.
  2. Add water slowly, mixing continually while mixing. Avoid adding too much water as this can make the mix an unsuitable consistency.
  3. Continue adding water and mixing until a consistent paste is formed, free of excess clumps.

III. Scratch Coat

  1. Cover the entire wire lath with an even, ½” layer of mortar. Work the mortar with a cement trowel then scrape off the excess.
  2. While the cement is still wet, gently scrape it with a fine bristled brush or hair pick. The resulting grooves rough up the scratch coat —this added friction creates a better bond when the stone is applied. The brushing should be gentle enough that no mortar is removed.
  3. Let the scratch coat dry sufficiently. Drying can take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours depending on temperature, humidity, airflow, and mix used. Once dry, the scratch coat should have a light gray color.

IV. Applying the Stone

  1. Before applying stone, ensure that proper measures are taken to divert water runoff
    away from the stone. This can be done through the use of cant strips, gutters,
    and flashing. Excess run-off and splashing can, over time, stain the material. Also
    ensure that the stone will not be applied below the water level, and will not be
    subjected to chlorine or other chemicals that may discolor the stone.
  2. Mix a batch of mortar according to the recipe and directions in this manual.
  3. Before any installation, it is always wise to lay out a section of stone on the
    ground, —preferably 15-30 square feet. This exercise will help you better blend
    colors and stone sizes when you apply the stones. The goal is to achieve a balance
    of stone sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and thicknesses. Proper blending can also
    be achieved by selecting and mixing different stones from different boxes during
    installation.
  4. Corners—it is helpful to install the corners first. Alternate the short and long returns as you install them.
  5. When installing flats, start from the top and work your way down; this will help keep the stones clean from dripping mortar. However, with Ready Stack, we recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up. When using Ready Stack, work your way up, pushing each piece tightly against the stone next to it and below it. Use a level as you work. We recommend these stones be installed side by side to keep the entire row the same height. This will ensure that with each new row, you have a flat level surface to work on.
  6. Before mortaring and installing, dry fit each stone to ensure it will fit in the desired place.
  7. Using a trowel, apply a ½ inch layer of mortar to the back of the individual stones. Press the stone against the wall, and gently press it into place. If mortar drips onto another stone, wait until the mortar is dry, then brush it off with a dry whisk broom.
  8. Stones can be cut or trimmed for fitting purposes. A power saw with a masonry blade works best. You can also trim small pieces off with a widemouth nipper, or cut a stone in half with the back of your hammer, a trowel, or a hatchet. Cut at an angle so as to best disguise the cut. Cutting can also be concealed through the grouting process.
  9. In extraordinarily hot weather, dampen the back of each stone just prior to installation, as well as the surface to which the stone will be applied. Note that in cold weather below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), mortar will not cure properly.

Note: For tight fit/dry-stack veneer installation it is suggested to use a Polymer Modified Mortar. 

V. Grouting

  1. Mix a batch of grout according to the recipe and directions given in this manual.
  2. The hole in the tip of the grout bag should be no larger than a ½ inch to begin with. You can always cut the hole bigger if needed, so it is best to start small.
  3. The grout bag should be approximately half full with the mixture. Twist the top end of the bag until some grout is pushed back into the bucket. This will eliminate air bubbles, and help the grout stream to be smooth and consistent.
  4. Keeping the top end twisted, gently squeeze the grout into the joints. Gaps between stones should receive a ½ inch layer of grout.
  5. Let the grout begin to dry until it is firm, but not solid. This usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. Be sure to not let grout fully dry or striking will be impossible.
  6. Use a wooden or metal striking tool to rake out the excess mortar. This helps you achieve the proper depth, and also forces the mortar into the joints to achieve a thorough seal along the stone edges. When striking, the grout should crumble away. If it smears or gathers too much, then it is too wet and needs to dry for a few more minutes.
  7. Use a soft bristled brush to sweep excess dust off the stone and further smooth the joints. Never use wire brushes, and make sure brushes used are dry, as wet brushes, combined with the grout, may stain the rock.

 

 

Polymer Modified Mortar

 

At Kodiak Mountain Stone, we supply SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar. For information on other brands please inquire with the manufacturer.

 

In March of 2016 we released the following bulletin to our dealers, masons and users of our products:

 

BULLETIN
DATE: MARCH 2016
 
REGARDING: The use of Polymner Modified Mortar for tight-fit/dry stacked veneer installation
 
TO: All Kodiak Mountain Stone Dealers, Installers, and Users:
 
We believe quality stone demands quality installation. Mortar has changed.  We ask that you all stress the importance of using Polymer Modified Mortar for tight-figt/dry stacked veneer installation. These new Polymer Modified Mortars are more workable, and they bond better.
 
Type N or Type S mortar should not be used for installing tight-fit/drystacked installations.  Polymer Modified Mortar should be used for these tight-fit/drystacked installations.  Conventional Type N and Type S mortars are designed for laying up block and brick, and are not required to have high bond strength.  Polymer Modified Mortars on the other hand are made specifically for bonding and provide very high bond strength.  Type N and Type S mortar are adequate for installing stone applications having grouted joints because the grouted joints provide additional bond to the sides of the stones; and also because the grouted joints act as a secondary attachment.  In addition, the grouted joints also seal the stone walls from water accumulation behind the stones which can cause debonding when frozen.  But tight-fit/drystacked stone installations don’t have these grout joint “safety valves”.

 

More About Polymer Modified Mortar:

Ultimate Bond. Non Sagging.

 

SPEC MIX® Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar (PMSVM) is a technologically advanced adhered veneer mortar for use in bonding adhered manufactured stone veneer, natural thin cut stone and thin brick to a cementitious substrate. PMSVM is designed to provide excellent workability, cohesion, high bond strength, sag resistance, water resistance, efflorescence minimization, and durability. SPEC MIX PMSVM is the ideal solution for architects and contractors with projects where an immediate and ongoing need for mortar delivering high bond strength and sag resistance during installation is required. In applications where mortar joints are not utilized,such as dry stack applications, SPEC MIX PMSVM should be used to gain additional bond strength and “pop-off” protection. Installing natural thin cut stone veneer is aided by the unique anti-sag and high bond properties of SPEC MIX PMSVM.

In addition to custom mix designs that are available for specific applications or properties, the SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar is designed to be compatible with the characteristics of most all specified adhered masonry veneer units. It is acceptable for all types of construction: concrete, masonry, wood frame or steel studs, with submittals available upon request.

 

 

HIGH BOND STRENGTH

NON-SAG PERFORMANCE & REDUCED CRACKING

REDUCES POP-OFFS, CALL BACKS & REPAIRS

RESISTANCE TO WATER PENETRATION & EFFLORESCENCE

PRE BLENDED WITH SAND TO MINIMIZE LABOR & WASTE

CONSISTENT QUALITY CONTROL WITH EVERY BAG

GREAT WORKABILITY AND BOARD LIFE

Approximate Coverage Rates 80 LB. (36.3 KG) Bag:

  • Scratch Coat: 20-23 Square Feet
  • Bonding Coat: 24-26 Square Feet
  • Joint Grout (1/2″ Joints): 38-40 Square Feet
  • Full Installation (scratch, bond & joint): 13-15 Square Feet

*NOTE: coverage is approximate and will vary depending on workmanship, method of installation, substrate, style of stone, waste and regional variation.

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

  • Contact your local SPEC MIX manufacturer
  • Visit www.specmix.com
  • Phone: 888-SPEC-MIX

 

 

Please contact us if you need more information:

info@kodiakmountain.com

1-877-KODIAK-2 (877-563-4252)

www.KodiakMountain.com

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Introducing the Rocky Mountain Series from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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Since 2005 Kodiak Mountain Stone has continued to expand our product offering to meet the needs of our clients. This has included the addition of new stone profiles and colors. The demand for manufactured stone veneer continues to grow in both commercial and residential new build and renovation projects. We are proud to know that our products have helped create lasting beauty and value to these projects.
We are now extremely excited to announce our next growth phase that will help us to offer even more options to our customers.  Kodiak Mountain Stone has recently acquired Rocky Mountain Stone Products of Salt Lake City. This immediately adds ten new stone profiles and three thin brick veneer profiles to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line of products! In addition, we will continue to offer all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Product colors in all our profiles and likewise will offer all the Kodiak Mountain Stone colors in all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles.
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Over the past decade Rocky Mountain Stone Products has developed a great product offering and has expanded it’s reach throughout the Western US. We are happy to continue working with all of their distributors, adding them to our Dealer Network. Find a dealer near you HERE.
The Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles that have been added to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line will be known as our Rocky Mountain Series. All of our profiles are now available throughout our dealer network in Canada and the US.

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Check out our Rocky Mountain Series photo gallery HERE

 

 

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Stone for Your Fireplace

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This is the time of year we have a lot of people coming to talk to us about their fireplace or other interior projects they are going to start to work on. Whether it’s a new build or a renovation we will be able to help you chose the right stone for your project.

 

Many clients come into the show room because they are still searching for ideas to help them out on their project.

 

We want to help out with ideas and inspiration by sharing a couple of videos showing what other clients have done.

 

 

A great tool to help you out in your planning stage is the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.

The “Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer” will give you the opportunity to view your project with some of our most popular stone profiles and colors.  Simply upload a picture of your home, follow the tutorial and let us help you Visualize Your Dream.
We’ve also created a video tutorial to assist you in using the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.

 

Please visit us at one of our show rooms if you have any questions or would like to see samples of our stone.

You can also find a dealer near you to purchase your Kodiak Mountain Stone products HERE or purchase online at BuildDirect

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Check out Kodiak Mountain Stone on Houzz

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Make sure to check out our newest Idea Book on Houzz and please leave a review while you are there!

 

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Featured Product: Western Ledge by Kodiak Mountain Stone

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Western Ledge by Kodiak Mountain Stone is a beautiful ledge stone that comes in varying lengths and widths. The majority of the stone in this profile will range from 3″x5″ to 7″x16″. With the proper installation of the Western Ledge you are able to create a beautiful project inside or out.  We have assembled a video of Western Ledge projects to help you with your own ideas and inspirations.

 

If you have any questions please visit us online at www.KodiakMountain.com, call us at 877-563-4252 or visit one of our stores, which you can locate at: http://kodiakmountain.com/find-a-dealer/

 

You can view our Western Ledge photo gallery HERE

 

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New Ideas and Inspiration from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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We love that our clients share pictures with us and we hope that they can help inspire you for your next project.

 

Enjoy our latest video of projects to help give you ideas and inspiration for your next interior or exterior project. Kodiak Mountain Stone can ship our manufactured stone anywhere. So check us out at www.KodiakMountain.com or call us at 877-563-4252.

 

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Fireplace Design Ideas Fall 2015

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As it gets colder outside many people start to think about the fireplace they wish they had. Whether you are dreaming of a new fireplace or planning on renovating an existing one, this video will give you some ideas and inspiration for your project.

We’ve had a number of our clients design and build some beautiful fireplaces in 2015 with Kodiak Mountain Stone products and we wanted to share them with you here!

 

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Upgrade Your Fireplace

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Have you been thinking about upgrading your fireplace?

 

Wondering what it would look like with stone on it?

 

Check out what you can do with the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer! Upload a photo of your fireplace (or any project you want to add stone to) and see what it will look like with our manufactured stone veneer.

 

Here’s an example of before and after scenario where we added Cut Fieldstone to a fireplace with the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.

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Now is the perfect time for a project like this. Visit our show rooms in Lethbridge or Calgary AB and ask about our limited time Fireplace Special or find out more HERE

 

 

For instructions how to use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer you can watch the video HERE

 

 

 

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Manufactured Stone, Natural Stone & Brick Feature Walls

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It is very common to see a new home with a beautiful stone or brick fireplace. But more and more we are seeing the stone and brick go beyond just the fireplace to create amazing accent walls.
Stone and brick can create beautiful interior feature walls.  It’s not a new idea but it’s one we are seeing a lot more of. With a little bit of creativity and imagination you can create some unique designs that make a normal room extraordinary. Making a boring wall the focal point of the entire room.
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It’s amazing how a stone or brick wall can change an entire room to fit your style. It can create a warm environment ranging from a country style to a modern one. With all of the different choices in products, you’ll be able to find the perfect option for your home.

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These are some of the most popular options:
Manufactured Stone Veneer is a man-made cast product which is produced to replicate real stone. There are a number of advantages of manufactured stone vs natural stone with the top ones being (1) total cost, (2) ease of installation, and (3) weight of the product.
The total cost of the product and installation of manufactured stone is typically a lot less than with natural stone. Because it is a man-made product, it is manufactured for the ease of installation. Manufactured stone is also lighter weight than natural stone. You should always consult a structural engineer before installing brick or stone in your home, but with manufactured stone you typically don’t need extra structural reinforcement in your home to compensate for the weight of the product.
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Natural Stone Veneer is exactly what it sounds like, it is real stone that is cut as a veneer to be installed on a wall. Natural Stone Veneer gives an authentic look with all of the unique characteristics of natural stone that cannot be mimicked in manufactured stone. Natural Stone Veneer is heavier than manufactured stone, so it is even more important to consult a structural engineer about your project before you begin.
Our Natural Stone Veneer is collected and quarried throughout the North America.  There are many styles, profiles and colors of natural stone veneer available for you to choose from for your home.
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Most brick that is currently being used on residential interior projects is a Thin Brick Veneer. Thin brick veneer can give your wall the rich, elegant appearance that only brick can provide. Like stone veneer, thin brick veneer is either a cast product or a thin slice of the brick’s face that has been cut from a full brick. Thin brick veneer is installed similar in process to stone veneer rather than how traditional brick is installed.  But when a project is completed, you have the appearance of a beautiful brick wall.
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Once you have created a beautiful accent wall in your home with stone or brick help it to become a feature point in your home.
Never neglect skillful lighting.  It will enhance the beautiful textures and features of the brick or stone and will cast shadows that will bring out the unique characteristics of the wall.
For more information on any of these products you can call us at 1-877-563-4252 or visit us at:
Lethbridge, Alberta
2620 2 Ave North
Calgary, Alberta
5432 56 Ave SE
399W 900N
Or, find one of our dealers HERE
 
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Almond Buff from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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From Ready Stack to Frontier Ledge to Southern Hackett, Almond Buff has been one of our most popular stone colors at Kodiak Mountain Stone.  If you visit our manufactured stone photo gallery, HERE, you will be able to see a number of inspiring project photos of different profiles in the Almond Buff color.

 

But we have also decided to put a video together of just Almond Buff projects for you to enjoy!

 

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The Lethbridge Home and Garden Show 2015

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Lethbridge Home and Garden Show

 

We hope that you will join us in Lethbridge AB for the 2015 Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Lethbridge Region Home and Garden Show.

 

The show times are:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  — 1:00 to 9:00

Thursday, March 12, 2015  — 1:00 to 9:00

Friday, March 13, 2015  — 1:00 to 9:00

Saturday, March 14, 2015  — 10:00 to 6:00

 

The show location is at the Exhibition Park, 3401 Parkside Drive South

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Creative Mines – Choice Cuts of the Finest Masonry Veneer

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Kodiak Mountain Stone is very excited to be introducing Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer to Canada.

 

We are able to introduce a very high quality product with some incredible new profiles that are getting architects, builders, masons, designers and home owners all excited about the options that are becoming available.  To get an idea of some of the things we are now offering from Creative Mines we’ve put this project video together.

 

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Fireplace Inspiration

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If you are planning on a new fireplace or an upgrade, now is the time!  For a limited time we are having a Fireplace Special promotion at our Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta stores.

 

You can get more details about the promotion HERE

 

But if you are looking for ideas and inspiration, you can watch our new video

It’s cold outside, but it’s a great time to do some indoor renovations.  A new fireplace or feature wall with our Kodiak Mountain Stone products would add beauty to any home.

 

Also, check out our Inspiration photo galleries for more ideas at http://kodiakmountain.com/gallery/inspiration-gallery/residential/

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Manufactured Stone Veneer, Natural Stone, Acrylic Stucco & Light Weight Concrete Fencing

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2014 is proving to be a great year at Kodiak Mountain Stone.  We have had a large variety of projects we’ve been involved in ranging from renovations to new home construction to some great commercial jobs.  We are fortunate to be very diversified in our product offerings.

 

Manufactured Stone Veneer

 

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With our own line of manufactured stone veneer we have seen some beautiful projects.  We have a wide range of stone profiles and colors that you can view HERE.

Kodiak Mountain Stone helps owners, builders, designers and architects create lasting beauty and value with their projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veneerstone

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Veneerstone is another line of manufactured stone that we supply.  Veneerstone is a beautiful product that is great to work with.

Veneerstone gives you the warmth and beauty of natural stone with several significant advantages. Veneerstone is  just as durable and is much faster and easier to install than natural stone. These benefits, combined with a wide selection of stone styles and colors, make Veneerstone the perfect choice for your building or home.

Eldorado Stone

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A big announcement for Kodiak Mountain Stone in 2014 has been our new partnership with Eldorado Stone.  We are now a supplier of Eldorado Stone products in our Lethbridge AB store.

For over 40 years, Eldorado Stone has demonstrated an undeniable passion for creating authentic products that not only elevate quality and design, but also attainability. Stone. Brick. Fireplace Surrounds. Outdoor Living.  This has been a great addition to the Kodiak Mountain Stone product offering in Lethbridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Stone

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Kodiak Mountain Stone distributes a wide variety of natural stone products for interior and exterior applications.  The diversity of colors, shapes and texture that we offer means that we have the perfect natural stone available for any project.  Working with quarries from around the world allows us to offer a huge selection of natural stone products.

 

Some of our main suppliers are: Natural Stone Veneer International, Slimrock, Glacier Stone Supply, Thunderstone Quarries and ErthCoverings.

 

Whether it’s a stone fireplace, the exterior of a home or a renovation, if you are looking for natural stone we have what you need.

 

 

 

 

Brick

 

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Brick is definitely in high demand.  From full brick to thin brick veneer the demand continues to grow in 2014.  For more than 80 years, General Shale’s brick line has been the cornerstone of their success. With a multitude of colors, styles and textures to choose from, their brick portfolio has something to complement any style of home.

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Cherokee Brick & Tile Company

The history of Cherokee Brick’s business is one of continuous change. They’ve challenged themselves to

adopt the newest improvements in technology in order to continuously provide distinctive products. From the original crude methods of making only one size and type of brick, their Company now manufactures over 100 different varieties.

Today, with its three modern plants and extensive product line, they can meet the needs of almost any consumer.  Whether it is a new home, renovation project, or large commercial structure. Cherokee Brick strives to give its customers quality products and superior service.

 

 

 

 

 

Master Wall Acrylic Stucco Products

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Master Wall®, Inc., manufactures Quality Stucco, Coatings and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) for residential and commercial projects. Master Wall® is well positioned in the industry.

 

With Master Wall® you have the choice of standard and even custom colors. All our finishes feature DPR (Dirt Pickup Resistant) polymers and the regional choice of either marble or quartz aggregates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RhinoRock Light Weight Concrete Fencing

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DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT….concrete fencing is now affordable. RhinoRock can meet all of your fencing needs whether it is residential, commercial or industrial.  Now you don’t have to settle for constant plastic or wood fencing repairs!   A Rhinorock patented concrete clad wall is affordable because it is produced with  a unique manufacturing process that makes the  fencing panel 90% lighter than a traditional heavy concrete fence.

Their light weight (concrete/foam) construction doesn’t sacrifice performance because it is manufactured with a high performance fiber reinforced concrete clad outer shell with a  foam core.  Concrete is the only material that can duplicate the realistic beauty of stone and provide the weatheribility  that contractors demand.  See our specifications page for more info on it’s  construction and our Frequent Questions page has additional information.

 

 

 

 

Each project begins in your mind.  If you don’t dream it, you can’t build it.  At Kodiak Mountain Stone our goal is to help you finish the dream.  We help you in the final steps to make your project beautiful.  Contact our experts to help you find the perfect products for your project.  Find our galleries online HERE. If you are renovating and need help visualizing your project, you can use our Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.  Find out more about our Visualizer HERE.

 

Find us:

Calgary AB at 5432 56 Ave SE

Lethbridge AB 2620 2 Ave N

Springville UT 399 W 900 N

www.KodiakMountain.com 

1-877-563-4252 (877-KODIAK-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Personal Home Design Studio

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Last week we introduced our new Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.  The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer is a powerful home design tool for anyone who wants to visualize what their home would look like with our manufactured stone veneer on it.  It allows you to experiment by applying different manufactured stone profiles and colors in various places on your home.

 

If you are considering a facade, would it look better three feet high or four feet high?  Maybe it would look better to stone the entire face of your house.  Or maybe you want to replace all of your current siding with a combination of manufactured stone veneer and our Masterwall Acrylic Stucco.  The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer not only lets you add stone to your home, you can add a huge variety of other siding products as well.

 

You can simply take a photo of your house and then begin to design…

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Following are pictures of this same house with stone and siding applied in different areas to help the home owner visualize their renovation plans.

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Besides experimenting with the manufactured stone veneer profiles, you can also add other products such as stucco and log siding.

 

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Visit our Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer HERE and try it out for yourself

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RhinoRock Concrete Fencing Installation

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Elegant — Affordable — Secure — Durable

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DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT….concrete fencing is now affordable. RhinoRock can meet all of your fencing needs whether it is residential, commercial or industrial.  Now you don’t have to settle for constant plastic or wood fencing repairs!   A Rhinorock patented concrete clad wall is produced with  a unique manufacturing process that makes the  fencing panel 90% lighter than a traditional heavy concrete fence.

Our light weight (concrete/foam) construction doesn’t sacrifice performance because it is manufactured with a high performance fiber reinforced concrete clad outer shell with a  foam core.  Concrete is the only material that can duplicate the realistic beauty of stone and provide the weatheribility  that contractors demand.  See our specifications page for more info on it’s  construction and our Frequent Questions page has additional information.

 

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Installation video for RhinoRock Concrete Fencing

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  How is the light weight fencing panel constructed?
Answer:  The RhinoRock fence panel has an outer shell constructed of a high performance concrete that is heavily fiber reinforced.   In fact, enough fiber to fill a 55 gallon drum half full.  The interior of the fence panel is a typical EPS foam core.  The fiber reinforced concrete shell is just under 3/8″ thick.   The heavy fiber reinforcing in the concrete combined with the foam core makes the fence panel impact resistant, strong, and light weight.

Question:  How long and tall is the fencing panel?
Answer: The center of column to center of column is 9 feet and the panel is 6′ tall.

Question:  Are shorter panels available?
Answer:  The panels can be easily cut to any dimension shorter than 6′ tall.

Question:  Are panels taller than 6′ available?
Answer:  Currently the panel is only made in 6′ tall in the RhinoRock automated facility.  In the event that a 7′ or 8′ tall fence is desired the fence system can be attached to a 1′ or 2′ tall poured in place grade beam supplied by a local contractor.   This is more economical because you don’t have to ship taller panels, but the grade beam can be poured by a local contractor.

Question:  What kind of footing is used for the fence?
Answer:  Most installations will use a 14″ diameter pier footing 36″ deep spaced at 9′ centers. See   specifications page for a drawing detail.

Question:  What is the wind rating of the fence?
Answer: The RhinoRock fence panel has been tested and can withstand wind speeds up to 140 mph.   However, when the fence length exceeds 250′ without any corners, then the rating is reduced to 120 mph.   This testing was for the actual fencing panel, but not for the footing.  In high wind areas the footing must be designed by a local engineer.

Question:  Will freezing temperatures cause damage to the fence?
Answer:  No, extensive freeze thaw testing has shown that it is freeze thaw resistant because it utilizes a high performance concrete.  Unlike plastic or wood it is much more durable in regards to extreme temperatures.

Question:  Will the surface fade in the sun?
Answer:  No, since the shell is made of concrete it is totally UV stable.

Question:  Can the fence retain soil?
Answer:  Less than 12″ is recommended.

Question:  What is the natural color of the fence?
Answer:  The panels are a natural concrete grey, but the fence can be color stained after the fence is installed with a product that is specifically made for staining concrete.

Question:  How much does the fencing panel weight?
Answer: 230 lbs.

Question:  Can the fence be installed if the property is already landscaped?
Answer: Yes, since the panels are light weight they can be hand carried into the property.   However, it requires less labor to have the fence installed prior to any landscaping and therefore the installation is less expensive.

Question:  Can the fence be installed on ground that is sloping?
Answer:  Yes, as long as the grade doesn’t change more than 12″ every foot.   In some cases you can go up steeper slopes but will require using custom sized panels.

Question:  How is the column cap attached to the column?
Answer: The cap has a steel tab that is cast into the bottom of the cap that is embedded into the concrete grout cell in the column. The steel tab makes it so that cap cannot be removed.   This is unique to our system.

Question:  Can the fence be installed by the Do-It-Yourselfer?
Answer:  For the best installation it is recommended to be installed by a trained RhinoRock installer.  Since the fencing system is covered by two patents the installers must have written permission.

Question:  Will the fence stop weeds from coming from neighbor’s property?
Answer:  Typically if the bottom of the fence panel is installed more than 3″ below the landscaping then weeds will typically not grow under fence.

Question:  Can the fence support the weight of someone climbing on it?
Answer:  Yes, the fence panel is strong enough to support the weight of 10 men.

Question:  Can the fence be damaged by normal backyard activities?
Answer:   After three years of backyard installations, we have had no reports of the fence being damaged by backyard activity.   However, large riding lawn mowers can damage the fence on direct impact.   But in most cases damages can be repaired easily.

Question:  Can the fence be repaired if damaged?
Answer: Yes, since the material is made out of concrete, small damage less than 6″ in diameter can be repaired with a simple mortar patch.  In the event of damage caused by vehicles or large equipment, two men can replace a panel in about an hour.

 

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Feature Product: Southern Hackett manufactured stone veneer from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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Kodiak Mountain Stone produces many different profiles of manufactured stone veneer for use on both interior and exterior projects.  Our manufactured stone veneer is a great product for both renovation projects as well as new construction projects both large and small.

 

Our feature product today is our Southern Hackett profile of our manufactured stone veneer.  Southern Hackett is a beautiful square and rectangle pattern.  Our Southern Hackett may be installed with a grout line or without a grout line (dry stacked), depending on the desired look of the final project.

 

We hope as you are looking for ideas for your project we can help inspire you with this featured video of our Southern Hackett manufactured stone veneer.  As you watch the video you will notice how extensive the use of this product can be.

 

 

Also visit our Southern Hackett photo gallery HERE

If you are looking for more information you can visit our website at www.KodiakMountain.com or call us at 1-877-563-4252 (877-KODIAK-2)

 

You can visit our Lethbridge, Alberta store at 2620 2 Ave N.

Our Calgary, Alberta store is located at 5432 56 Ave SE

In Sprinville, Utah we are located at 399W 900N

You can locate our dealers at: Dealer Map

 

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Fireplace Special!

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It’s that time of year that many people start to look at updating their fireplace or finishing a project that they have just been putting off.

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An elegantly designed fireplace can make any room extraordinary.  With all of the different profiles of manufactured stone we have to offer, you will find YOUR style at Kodiak Mountain Stone.

For a limited time, our Calgary and Lethbridge stores are offering a Fireplace Special!

For more information on this special offer visit: http://kodiakmountain.com/fireplace-special/

For some great ideas on styles and designs for your fireplace, visit one of our photo galleries at: Interior Stone Applications

You can find our show rooms at:

Lethbridge AB: 2620 2 Ave. N.

Calgary AB: 5432 56 Ave. SE

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