Kodiak Mountain Stone is looking for another exceptional person to join our team at our store in Lethbridge AB.
Kodiak Mountain Stone has been supplying stone and other masonry products to the construction industry in Southern Alberta since 2005. We are proud to have our products on thousands of beautiful projects throughout the province, across North America and as far away as Guam and Hawaii. We supply exceptional lines of manufactured stone, natural stone, brick and acrylic stucco products.
The right applicant will:
Have exceptional customer service and communication skills
Be proficient with computers
Be self-motivated and will be able to work independently.
Have the ability, or be willing to learn, to drive a forklift.
Be able to lift and move heavy objects.
Experience in the construction industry would be considered an asset, but is not required.
Regular duties would include:
Staging and preparing orders for customers
Shipping and receiving
Miscellaneous warehouse duties
Order entry, inventory management and other computer related tasks
Maintain an attractive store appearance
Assist customers in-store, online and on the phone
This position has some flexibility for the right applicant. Typically it would be a full-time position during the warm weather months and would include working part days on Saturday’s during that time period. During the cold-weather months it would be a part time position. With this schedule it is ideal for a college or university student.
Harristone has introduced they NEW Dry Stone and it will be available soon at Kodiak Mountain Stone.
Standout with our brand-new Dry Stone™.
Stone is the oldest construction material known to mankind. The most ancient remaining Dry Stone structures are scattered throughout the world, with Egyptian pyramids and Peruvian temples as world-class examples. Dry Stone has been a successful building technique throughout the ages because of its unique range of benefits.
Harristone has reinvented this Dry Stone technique. Our new Dry Stone™ texture is slightly larger than our number one selling stone, Uintah Ledgestone. Harristone’s Dry Stone™ is made with clean straight liner lines. Depending on which look you desire, this highly versatile texture can easily be dry stacked or grouted. Dry Stone is very mason friendly. Suitable for: professionals, weekend remodels, and do-it yourselfers.
Start your next project with one of our three distinct colors, and the clean, beautiful look of our new Dry Stone™.
They’ve also added a new color of Limestone into our line-up.
Flint Hills Limestone
With all the style and uniformity of traditional brick, these beautiful Limestones are ideal for creating clean, expressive walls and wainscoting. Add a half-inch joint between stones for a classic look and Harristone’s easiest to install stone yet.
Kodiak Mountain Stone has recently added Harristone to our line of manufactured stone products. We are excited to feature Harristone in our Lethbridge AB store and distribute through our dealer network.
The Choice of Professionals
From traditional cobblestone to rugged ledgestone precast stone veneers, Harristone offers a stunning array of unique options to choose from. Faux stone veneers are cost-effective, light-weight, and so easy to install. There are always new manufactured stone textures and colors to explore. Discover new precast stone choices and find out how Harristone can enhance any building.
Check out our Harristone profiles HERE and our project gallery HERE
We are also excited to have added Merrillstone to our line of natural stone products. You can scroll through our natural stone profiles to view all that Marrillstone has to offer HERE. You can also view the beautiful Merrillstone project gallery HERE.
The Perfect Solution
Merrillstone offers simplicity and natural beauty for homes, and commercial projects. We guarantee our unique product will offer the timelessness of natural stone at a fraction of the cost through the inventive use of “thin veneer”. Merrillstone professionalizes in cutting Thin Veneer. This Thin Veneer is approximately 1” thick with corresponding corners that give a full stone look without the added cost or weight. Thin Veneer provides the beauty of natural stone without compromising the structural integrity of your home or building. Merrillstone is unique to other products offered because of this use of 100% natural stone. Merrillstone’s Thin Veneer product is a perfect solution for any residential and commercial project.
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.
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 high12 x 12 = 144 square feet.
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.
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 corners24 x ½ = 12 square feet of area.
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.
Some extra quantity of stone is desirable for fitting and cutting. Please add 10%.
– 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
– Masonry Trowel
– 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 foldednever 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 manufacturers 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
Combine mortar and sand in a wheelbarrow and mix them together. Do this before adding any water.
Add water slowly, mixing continually while mixing. Avoid adding too much water as this can make the mix an unsuitable consistency.
Continue adding water and mixing until a consistent paste is formed, free of excess clumps.
III. Scratch Coat
Cover the entire wire lath with an even, ½ layer of mortar. Work the mortar with a cement trowel then scrape off the excess.
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.
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
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.
Mix a batch of mortar according to the recipe and directions in this manual.
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
Cornersit is helpful to install the corners first. Alternate the short and long returns as you install them.
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.
Before mortaring and installing, dry fit each stone to ensure it will fit in the desired place.
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.
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.
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.
Mix a batch of grout according to the recipe and directions given in this manual.
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.
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.
Keeping the top end twisted, gently squeeze the grout into the joints. Gaps between stones should receive a ½ inch layer of grout.
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.
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.
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:
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Check out our Rocky Mountain Series photo gallery HERE
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
My House: BEFORE
Following are pictures of this same house with stone and siding applied in different areas to help the home owner visualize their renovation plans.
Besides experimenting with the manufactured stone veneer profiles, you can also add other products such as stucco and log siding.
Visit our Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer HERE and try it out for yourself
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.
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.
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)