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Question DetailsAsked on 5/14/2016

what is the average price of installing 300sq ft of stone vaneer on a chimny

Project is 24' high×6' wide

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Not generally something I would recommend doing, assuming you are talking exterior.

Depends on what is there now and its condition, and the type and grade of veneer. Slapping a fake veneer onto a plywood-covered readyset chimney chase could be a cheap as $10-15/SF, whereas removing brick and replacing stone on a full brick chimney, with fancy decorator stone, could run as high as $40-50/SF. And everything in between for real stone over wood frame chase (probably in $15-25/SF range) or real stone over brick (which requires special water penetration and evaporation provisions) which can run probably not much less than $20-25/SF and on up for fancy or imported stone. Even more if chimney needs significant repair before the facing is put on.

Real ballparks, because there are so many types of construction and conditions of chimneys. One thing to remember is stone facings let water in fairly well, and brick and mortar do not get along well with staying damp, so putting a stone facing over brick normally requires that it be set out from the brick as a free-standing facade with a ventilation space behind it, which requires a supporting structure for it - not just a matter of slapping some mortar on the brick and putting on the facade. Doing that would not only cause moisture issues, but would probably fall off because mortar does not stick to brick very well.

Definitely needs a deliverate design, and a good Masonry contractor to do the work - one with good experience and proven track record in doing this.


If you happened to mean interior hearth/mantle facade stone, then many of the problems mentioned above go away - still need a good masonry contractor, but probably generally in the $10-20/SF range for normal types of veneer over stable existing material, from cheap prefab panelled or fake veneer up to normally available real stone, though of course you can go higher with real fancy stone or if you want a facade sourced from a wide variety of stone sources for variety.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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