Stick natural stone slabs partially or completely on a wall

The attractiveness of natural rocks can be staged with solid masonry or created by natural stone slabs. The design options for sticking to the wall range from geometrically straight patterns to irregularly combined fragments that resemble a puzzle or mosaic.

Two- and three-dimensional design

When setting natural stone in slab form two levels of design are available. A smooth surface on one level with flush jointing creates a leveling that differs only a few millimeters. The smaller the spatial depths, the more the natural stones resemble the tiles.

In this border area there are cut stone veneers. They can be processed similar to the tiles, but produce natural-looking optics. The natural stone slabs or elongated pieces of stone can also be mounted on the wall without joints.

Mounting methods and design interventions

If irregularities in pattern and surface finish should occur, the following mounting methods and design images are possible:

  • Geometrically straight cut stone rectangles or bars with a smooth surface
  • Rectangles or bars with uneven untreated surface
  • Partly straightened edges and slightly leveled surfaces
  • Rough slab-hewn pieces with random edges
  • Roughly carved natural stones that are more bricked than glued

Other design features are:

  • Color-contrast grouting
  • Seal joints with identical color of natural stones
  • Put a mosaic or puzzle in a geometric frame
  • Glue wall or walls only partially with natural stone slabs (for example, in a corner pyramidal upwards)

Crafting aspects

The selection of natural stone slabs for gluing to a wall ranges from single pieces mounted on nets to coarse single stone boulders. When fixing the properties of natural stone must be considered. For "bare" backs mortar is usually required for slightly thicker natural stone slabs.

Whether a natural stone can be glued or mortar must be attached to the wall, is additionally influenced by the wall texture commercially available many mortars are available, which develop powerful adhesive properties by appropriate supplements.

Tips & Tricks

When choosing mortar and glue, make sure that it has no visual effect on the natural stone surfaces. A dried sample coating gives you information.

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