Stone Veneer Comments

I’m looking for new comments regarding stone veneer installations.

“Home has been partially sided with stone veneer. Pretty, isn’t it”?


Are you talking about real stone veneer or adhered (fake) stone veneer?

Jeff’s comment is how I see stone veneer. Very seldom see it installed right.

Which type of comments do you prefer, scary or non-scary? :smiley:

Dan here is recommended langue from our licensing board.

Recommended Language:
Adhered masonry stone veneer cladding has been installed on this house. An inspection of the visible
components suggests that the stone cladding system may not have been installed in such a way as to
prevent water penetration behind the cladding. At the time of the inspection, the following concerns
related to the lack of proper detailing and flashing were observed:
 No visible weep system was noted at the base of the wood frame walls or horizontal transitions.
 No visible weep system was noted at the tops of window and/or door openings.
 No visible sealants were noted along seams between the stone cladding and siding, trim, windows,
and/or doors.
 No indication of a flashing and/or weep system was noted where the stone cladding is in contact
with roofing materials or along head flashings.
 Metal lath was visible, indicating that the proper base coats of mortar were not applied prior to
installation of the stone cladding.
The lack of proper detailing and flashing is conducive to water penetration behind the stone cladding
and possible hidden damage to the home.
Additional concerns related to installation are listed below:
 Clearances were not maintained between stone cladding and the ground and/or paved surfaces to
prevent wicking and frost heave problems.
 Clearances were not maintained between stone cladding and roofing materials to allow for proper
drainage and future roof repairs and/or replacement.
The installation of the stone cladding should be evaluated by a licensed general contractor and repaired as
needed to correct any possible water penetration issues and verify that the stone cladding is installed to the
specific installation requirements of the stone manufacturer and/or Masonry Veneer Manufacturer’s
Association (MVMA).
Please note that because the water resistive barrier, metal lath, and base coat(s) of cement stucco are
completely concealed behind the stone cladding, they cannot be evaluated by a visual inspection.

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Here’s a nice PDF to refer to your client or attach to report.

Manufactured-Stone Nightmares

Randy …Both types OR either


Did you find one?

Kinda … Just took our EIFS comments and substituted Stone Veneer.

Did BIG butt house today inspected by another inspector you know. They told me he said it was eifs / Was hardcoat.

Dan, not to be a smart *** but…

"I haven’t found one application of this stuff that does not leak! Keep your eyes open…

Your close to me. Here, they have yet to figure it out. I make $$$$$$$$ on this stuff!


David …

Thats why many of my EIFS comments work well on it.

We all know your a Smart *** but you have this one right Dan needs to quit talking about this I also make a bundle of Money off bad installation. If he keeps talking about it someone might figure out they are installing it wrong;-)

The “fix” here is to install ice and water shield (after 5 unsuccessful attempts to fix it).

So give it a few years and we will back again discussing why the vapor barrier on the outside cold wall is rotting out the structural framing… More $$$ in our retirement!

Plenty to go around Charlie!


My son is in the process of purchasing a row home in Washington, D.C.

Though it was built in 2012, there is a lot of efflorescence on the facade showing a good amount of water coming from weep holes.

He had the home inspected (They could send you a copy of the report if you like) and the inspector found water damage (from incorrectly installed flashing?) at the back of the house, but the front brick veneer has lots of efflorescence with indications of a good amount of water weeping through the weep holes.

I am hoping you can recommend a brick/veneer specialist/inspector in the Washington, D.C. Area, and may have other advice?

Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration,

Check the other thread you started.