How to remove stone cladding

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017
How to remove stone cladding
Stone cladding sometimes consists of stones glued to the side of a wall. (rocks and stones image by leafy from

Stone cladding is a type of stone tile that was popular in the 1980s. This type of covering used real stone or faux stone pieces to give a home a more rustic appearance. Stone cladding is hard to paint or cover, and must be removed when attempting to change your home's look. Unfortunately, most stone cladding was cemented to the side of a house, making it difficult to remove. The only way to remove stone cladding is to hammer and chip it away, which may damage the brick or walls underneath the cladding. After removal, the home will need additional stucco.

Put on safety goggles, work gloves and a hard hat to avoid the risk of injury from falling pieces of stone.

Place a ladder tall enough to reach the roof near the wall.

Release any clips holding the cladding in place with a screwdriver or chisel, starting from the top of wall near the roof and working your way down. Remove wood facing or other finishing pieces by removing any nails with a hammer, and then prying away the face pieces with a crowbar.

Hammer the middle of each cladding piece until it cracks and splinters. Use a chisel to dig under the cladding piece and remove it from the wall. Chisel away any more stubborn pieces.

Use a large scraper and a rubber mallet to chip away any remaining pieces from the wall.

Dispose of the stone cladding in a landfill, or reuse the pieces of stone somewhere else in the garden. Throw away all nails and attachment pieces.

Things you need

  • Chisel
  • Work gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Hard hat
  • Large scraper
  • Rubber mallet
  • Screwdriver
  • Crowbar

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