Once again, builder’s do not even attempt to follow “Best Practice” when placing stone veneer. Mortar placed tight to window and door trim with no backer rod or sealant. Stone set below grade, no weep screeds, mortar set on flashing tight to the roof. Concrete porch slab poured to the stone, etc.
I agree, where are the local county imspectors? This is a one year old home, unfortunately there is no easy fix. I continually find some of these same installation errors at new homes. One well known national builder’s on site manager admitted that the client will continue to have cracked mortar at the window amd door trim. Amazing!
While fake stone like all other masonry should be done right, I had a long discussion a couple of times with an owens corning rep about their product. As of right now they do not make it manditory to install a screen at the bottom but it is suggested.
The biggest issue they were having was the builders not wetting the stones before install. The dry stones were causing the mortar to dry set and then fail later.
The more it’s used the more construction defect litigation will occur; some of the wiser heads are forecasting the next EIFS type class actions are around the corner.
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