Achieving and increasing options for architectural distinction using white and colored stone veneer mortar

Adding Mortar to a stone wall


Masonry is a functional product used for architectural expression.Manufactured in many colors, different harmonies or contrasts can be achieved when it is used with white or colored mortars.

White Mortars

Veneer Stone Mortar is made with white masonry cement or with white Portland cement.White masonry cement consists mainly of Portland cement and hydrated lime. Portland cement is a hydraulic cement consisting of limestone and clay.

Colored Mortars

White masonry cement or white Portland cement are fundamental for creating pastel mortar colors for stone facades. The final color of mortar joint is determined using pigment content, cementitious materials, sand, water-cement ratio and tooling.

Choosing White or Colored Motar Materials

The color of mortar can be achieved using mortar color samples and color charts offered by product manufacturers. It is recommended that evaluation of sample panels or mock ups be used to make cost efficient decisions. The best result is achieved when with mortar unitsare used with proper professional workmanship, tooling techniques and cleaning techniques.

Regulating Mortar Color

Optimum results are achieved when materials are used following regulated guidelines regarding their preparation and installation.

The same Brand of architectural stone veneer product must be used throughout the project. This includes masonry, mortar and Portland cement, hydrated lime and pigments.

The proportions and mixing of the products must be consistent as per recommended guidelines.

Mechanical mixing is recommended for mixing the mortar. The mortar production must be aligned with the development of the project in order to control its natural stiffening characteristic.

Workmanship minimizing mortar spillage and smudging is essential. Use of the least abrasive cleaning products along with the manufacturer guidelines is highly recommended for the masonry units.


There are an unlimited number of options made available to the designer for the realization of inspirational projects. The proper choice of products, construction procedures and color is crucial for any project. Ultimately quality, guarantee and aesthetics are all elements the designer must factor into the realization of his project.