Q: What are the advantages of stone veneer?
A: Rather than thick, heavy stones that require additional structural support and mortar between the joints, stone veneer is cut thin so it weighs less and is suitable for an easier DIY method of installation. The material can generally be used indoors or outdoors. Depending on the product, stone veneer can often be adhered to a Sheetrock wall over a sheet of 15-lb. felt, wire mesh and a thin bed of mortar. However, some products require no mortar at all, and rather than installing as single veneer pieces the material comes in interlocking panels, so several panelized stones can be installed at once to the wall using screws, which simplifies installation even further.