Don’t make this common mistake when you corner your stone veneer panels.
Check out the picture to the left. It’s a photo of a stone veneer made out of concrete that we snapped in Manhattan over the weekend.
Why? Because it’s a fine example of why our faux panels are more practical, more versatile and easier to install than stone veneer products made out of other materials – and ours always look better as a result.
I’m not sure who did the job with the concrete veneer – but here’s where it went wrong: The corners.
When it came to installing stone veneer on the right-angled corner of this exterior wall, the installer simply stopped going, instead of using a miter to complete the joint.
As a result, you can see the flat, patternless concrete the veneer is made out of end abruptly, and it completely destroyed what would otherwise have been a seamless stone veneer look.
Why did the installer do this? Most likely because concrete stone veneer is difficult to work with – it’s not an easy task to perfectly miter stone veneer that’s made from a substance as hard as the sidewalk. He saved money and man hours cutting corners – but the result looks horrible.
That’s why our faux stone veneer products are much better for the home installer, or even the professional.
Made out of molded polyurethane, our stone veneer panels are practically indistinguishable from real stone (and easily better looking than concrete stone veneer) yet combine ease-of-installation, economy and versatility.
They’re also easy to install on corners – even if you’re not a regular handyman.
When it comes to doing corners right, you have two installation options with our stone veneer panels – and the good news is that neither of them are difficult or expensive.
For those with some construction experience, you can simply miter the panel to create a seamless corner.
To do that, simply mark a line along the back of the panel where you intend to cut it, and then make two 45 degree cuts to remove a V-shaped wedge from the back of the panel.
It’s essentially the same process as putting a corner into molding or a baseboard.
And the result? The panel folds over and every nook, cranny and crevice of the faux panel will blend together seamlessly – it’s astonishingly quick and simple when you get the hang of it, and there’s no additional expense because you’re creating the corner out of the same panel, with very little waste.
The only additional step it to tidy up the seam.
You might need to file away some imperfections or use caulk to fill some tiny holes. It’s well within the ability of almost any home installer and we have full and detailed instructions on how to miter stone veneer here.
The great thing about this technique is that you’re not limited to simple right-angled corners. With a regular wood saw and a bit of math, you can make seamless corner connections to match almost any angle.
But if you are trying to tackle a 90 degree corner, the next option is even easier – simply buy pre-made corners!
We have molded right angle corners for the majority of our faux panels, and you can simply use them instead of trying to miter your panels.
The only challenge is measuring the rest of your stone veneer panels so they line up perfectly – but because you can cut them easily with a regular wood saw, this is a challenge almost anybody should be able to meet.
Check out the full catalog of faux panel corners here:
As you can see – there are plenty of options to get your stone veneer corners right. Don’t “cut corners” and your project will end up looking beautiful.