Stone Veneer Walls Laid in Mortar

This guide provides general information on the construction of anchored veneer walls built using stone set in mortar. Current masonry standards allow the use of stone but provide no specific guidance to designers and contractors on their design, specifications, or installation of cavity walls. This guide is intended to provide general guidance and options for designers and contractors who want to use stone veneer with a specific emphasis on rubble stone. The recommendations have added application for ashlar stone.

Stone walls, and particularly rubble walls, have been a building system for a millennia. They are composed of irregularly-shaped and sized pieces of stone. Material costs were low if the stone was gathered from a field or stream. Examples still exist worldwide. The walls were built dry-laid or with mud mortar depending on local practice and availability of materials…

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