StoneDeck Installation

StoneDeck can be easily installed on rooftops or framed joists that are 16 inches on center.  StoneDeck can be installed by carpenters, deck or dock builders, and landscape contractors. A handy homeowner can also install the system.

  StoneDeck Rooftop Install

StoneDeck rooftop installation is made possible using adjustable deck supports although framed joists on rooftops can also be used if desired. For examples of what an actual StoneDeck rooftop installation looks like check out our images below. For more information on how to install StoneDeck on rooftops please read the StoneDeck rooftop installation documents below or view the video to watch how it's done.

StoneDeck Rooftop Install Images

StoneDeck Rooftop Install Video

Rooftop Installation Guide

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Rooftop Installation Details

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  StoneDeck Joist Install

StoneDeck installation over standard framing is made possible using joist plates. For information on how to install StoneDeck over joist frames read the StoneDeck joist installation details below or view the video at the bottom.


When installing StoneDeck, first spend a little time considering layout possibilities. Make sure the deck is framed 16” on center. Staggered solid blocking is necessary if the joist span is greater than seven feet. Solid blocking should be installed at 4 to 5 foot interval spacing. Check the deck frame for squareness, plane down any crowns and shim where joist sags are unavoidable. Typically one would place the first row of StoneDeck down on the outside edge and work back towards the house. This will assure a full tile at the outside edge and eliminate a cut. There are, however, many deck configurations that may result in starting in the middle or at the house.


Familiarize yourself with the joist plate and the StoneDeck panel and how they fit together. We are able to do three different functions with the joist plate by making field cuts. You will need to have a cutoff saw to accomplish the cuts necessary in the next procedure. To start, take part “B “ (see diagram 1) and place on the joist in the center of the deck. Screw part “B” down to the joist. *NOTE* If screws on both sides of joist plate don’t cover the joist below it is offset too far and will need to have a 2x4” sister joist installed underneath it to provide the proper support.(see diagram 2)

Installation Points

  • Frame deck 16 inches on center.
  • Install solid blocking every 5 feet.
  • Check that framing is square using 345 method by running string lines down center joist and along the front edge of first stone course.
  • Screw down a joist plate for the first course using the string line as a guide (16” off of rim joist).
  • Space the joist plate on the rest of the joist working from the center joist toward the outside edges. (Spacing is 16 inches on center).
  • Use PL400 to glue down first row following string line.
  • Tap joist into the groove in the backing aligning spacers tight to the stone.
  • Screw the joist plate into the joist using the center hole in the spline and two more screws in two opposing holes.
  • Using a no-mar-rubber mallet, tap next row of panels into place and repeat steps 6 and 7 until surface is complete.
  • Seal deck with a stone sealer.


When installing along the edge, if the flying spline doesn’t engage with the groove on the StoneDeck panel or there isn’t a spline on that piece apply an exterior construction adhesive on the surface of the joist plate to secure the StoneDeck panel to the joist plate.


It is important to run sting lines in both directions of the deck to insure a straight line and proper StoneDeck placement. The joist plate has built in spacing tabs that are designed to give the minimum spacing required. Additional spacing may be necessary to achieve proper 16” on center spacing.

Subsequent Rows

Once the first row is installed the second row of StoneDeck panels can be placed. Care should be taken in handling the StoneDeck panels. NOTE: The StoneDeck panels are stronger in one direction than the other. The ribs on the bottom of the StoneDeck panel should run from joist to joist. If the StoneDeck panels are placed in this manner the groove on the two ends of the plate will engage with the flying spline on the joist plate. After placing the second row of tile a joist plate “A” can be placed underneath the StoneDeck panel. Place the joist plates so that the countersunk screw hole in the center of the flying spline is exposed. Put a screw into the spline hole and into the joist below. Place two more screws, staggered in remaining exposed holes (three screws per Joist Plate). You may now place subsequent rows. (see diagram 3)


If you have started on the outside and have worked back toward the house you may have a situation where you need to place a cut StoneDeck panel. Place joist plate part “B” up close to the house. Take exterior construction adhesive and apply generously to the topside of joist plate part “B”. Take the StoneDeck panel and starting at about a 45-degree angle slide the panel with the grooved end into the flying spline from the previous row and slowly drop into place. Weight should be applied to the top surface of the cut StoneDeck panel to make full contact with the construction adhesive.


If you have any questions review the StoneDeck frequently asked questions. If you need more information please use our contact form.


StoneDeck Joist Install Video

StoneDeck Joist Installation

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StoneDeck Installation Points

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StoneDeck Specifications

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