We all know Elmer's Glue should not be used to install most housing products, but what really happens when faux stone is installed with faux glue?
Actually faux stone is not installed with glue at all, but a mortar-based mastic. It is heavy stuff!
IT MUST BE GLUED ON CORRECTLY OR IT WILL NOT STICK!
Virtually all over this house the faux stone was coming loose.
Some of it was sagging so much, it was bulging under its own weight.
I could push on it and move it.
I could pull on it and move it.
My client said, "That's really bad stuff."
My answer was that it is fine, when installed correctly and there are many links to many manufacturers that I could send him to show him proper installation techniques.
I did pull off one really loose stone and showed him why it was coming loose. The "scratch" coat of mastic had not been scratched! The stone had not been "back buttered," a term I really dislike but is a perfect description of what must be done.
Final result? NO STICKO! (Sorry to dip into my home inspector dictionary for technical wording there...)
This house is five years old. And this stuff has been coming loose for most of those five years.
My recommendation: people often ask me if this or that is a good builder. The answer to the question is this: it depends on the supervisor who is one site every day, and the subcontractors the builders use. I don't often know which builder did a particular house. But I can ALWAYS tell when the super or subs were not the best around!