Archive for July, 2010

A Simple Interior Archway built out of Stone

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Ever wonder how to build an archway out of stone? Well, the Arch-Rite Arch kit will help you achieve this beautiful feature for any interior application.

First step: Frame your opening to your desired dimensions and then order your prefabricated archway to give you the best quality radius to apply your stone too.

2nd Step: Drywall the opening. Use 1/4″ drywall for tight radii and 1/2″ for softer radii. Remember, it is always easier to drywall an archway when you are using the flexible line of drywall. If you do not have access to flexible drywall, simple wet the back of your drywall before using. This will allow the drywall to bend without cracking, or falling apart on you.

3rd Step: Add 15lb felt paper to the arched opening

4th Step: Attach Metal Lathe over the felt paper to the archway and sides of the opening

5th Step: Apply a layer of scratch coat to the opening

6th Step: Use manufacturers installation instructions when setting the stone. Apply thin set to your stone and place on your arched opening.

*Tip: Use nails and wires to secure the stone when they are placed upside down for safety reasons and peace of mind..

7th Step: Fill in the gaps between the stone with mortar. Always start from the top and work down.

*When building stone archways for interior purposes, mortar can have a tendecy to brush off and leave a sandy mess behind. If your joints are tight enough, sometimes grout will give a better finish without the mess.

Now step back and enjoy your stone archway! For more detailed instructions you may feel free to contact sales@arch-rite.com