Installation Guides for Slate and Stone veneer sheets.
General Fixing information -
Prepare the material: Start by preparing the material. Lay on a flat surface all of the material you have purchased which is being fixed in the same area. Then adjust the position of each sheet until you are completely satisfied with the continuity of the colour and pattern.
Adhering: We recommend using a strong MS polymer or hybrid polymer adhesive such as Everbuild Stix All which you can order from our online store for adhering the sheets in dry areas. For wet areas like shower walls we recommend using an epoxy resin adhesive such as BAL easy poxy AG. Apply a very thin layer of adhesive do not use wide notched trowel to create a bed. In most cases we recommend applying the adhesive to the back side of the slate and stone veneer sheets. Do not go all the way to the edge of the sheet as the adhesive will spread. You can also apply decorators tape or masking tape to the edges of the stone face of the sheets. by doing this if any adhesive comes through at the joints of the sheets it goes onto the tape and not the stone. It is very important to not get any adhesive on the stone face of the sheets. You can use alcohol wipes to clean off any residue left on the sheets from the tape. You can use a plasterers float to help press the sheets onto the substrate and you can use a soft bristled decorators brush to remove any loose chippings from the material after fixing the sheets.
Jointing and grouting the sheets: Most of our clients choose to butt joint our materials tight together and not leave a space for grouting. This makes the installation faster. However you can grout between each piece if you want the look of a traditional stone tile. If you choose to grout between the sheets apply masking tape to the edges of the sheets and be very careful to not get any grout on the stone face as it can be very difficult to remove.
Cutting: You can cut our slate and stone veneer sheets with a Dremel tool, a multi tool or small angle grinder. Use a circular blade made for tiles. You can also cut our sheets with a tile saw or bench saw. You can mark your cuts and cut from the back side of the sheets, you can also cut from the top stone face of the sheets with some cutting methods. You can use a sample to test your cutting process before starting to cut into the full size sheets.
Fixing jumbo 240 x 120cm sheets: In most cases our jumbo sheets are shipped rolled up and packaged in a box. Before installing the sheets lay the sheets flat. The resin backside of our slate and stone veneer sheets can become stiff when cold and can keep the curve from being packaged in a roll. Rectify this by warming the resin side with a heat gun. Do not make the sheets too hot, just warm to the touch. this will make the sheets more malleable and easier to adhere to the wall.
Making external corners: You can make a nice external corner with our slate and stone veneer sheets by butt jointing the pieces tight together. You can run a strip of masking tape down each side of the corner and use normal sand paper to sand the corner, this will remove the sharpness of the edges.
Sealing the stone surface: As with all other natural stone materials the top natural surface is susceptible to staining if it is not sealed. You can use any common stone impregnator and sealant which states it is suitable for slate and stone. Ensure the sealant is not ‘colour enhancing’ if you want to keep the original natural look of the material. We sell a sealer and impregnator that does not significantly change the colour and appearance of the sheets. You can find this in our online store. We recommend sealing the slate veneer after installation. We always recommend sealing when our slate and stone veneers are used in a bathroom, kitchen and for floors. it is not always necessary in general living areas.
Ongoing care and maintenance: You can regularly clean our slate and stone veneer sheets by drying cleaning with a soft bristled brush, this will remove day to day dust and dirt. When wet cleaning the sheets do not use any cleaning solutions that are acidic or alkaline, use a cleaning product that is PH neutral. Do not clean the sheets with a hard bristled utensil like a scourer as this can leave hair line scratches in some of our materials.