Who does not absolutely love the aesthetically pleasing qualities of natural stone? Fun Fact: You can more easily and cost-effectively achieve the feel & look of natural stone with manufactured stone-veneer! Stone veneer that has been manufactured is just as strikingly beautiful as the natural-stone that it in fact emulates. Stone veneer, also commonly referred to as a faux stone, is a material that is manmade and is specifically designed to mimic the appearance of natural stone in many architectural applications that range from unique statement walls to exterior façades. Certain stone veneer products will offer such a variety of sizes, shapes, & colors that even the most knowledgeable person can still have a difficult time differentiating faux stone from natural stone without close inspection.
What Is Stone Veneer Made Of?
Stone veneer that has been manufactured is made of light-weight natural aggregates, Portland Cement, and iron-oxide pigment for coloration. Stone veneer has an incredibly long background and history. In the 19th century, the very first stone veneer was manufactured and made of natural stone. Natural stone was sliced into thick-cut slabs by manufacturers. It was not until the 19050’s that cement start to become a part of the stone veneer composition. Cement unlike thick cut natural stone, can’t be used structurally even though it gives stability to architectural stone. The natural stone products at Stone Masters Global are selected carefully through a process that captures the smallest detail from the surface of the original version of the stone.
Where To Use Stone Veneer
Builders and architects take advantage of the lightweight and the adaptability of manufactured stone to use it in a variety of ways past what are just chimneys and foundations. Stone veneer can be installed over wood framed and metal walls and over masonry substrates of CMU brick or block. You can also install it over poured concrete only with the right installation steps and procedures.
If you are a builder and your architectural plans ask for stone placement in areas that are prone to moisture such as walls near hot tubs or pools, then it may be a good idea to tend to stone veneer with non-film forming, silane-based, breather like masonry sealant to help increase its durability. Exposure to chlorine and other chemicals can discoloration and fading. If you have chosen to use manufactured stone anywhere near spas or pools then be very careful with chemicals and not spilling them on the stone. If an accidental spill occurs, immediately hose the stone off.
Faux Stone Vs Natural Stone
Stone veneer even with its design flexibility, will in most cases only run you a third to half of the cost of natural stone. Stone veneer, just like natural stone is virtually maintenance free. Building and homeowners, occasionally have to wash down the surface as to remove dirt or dust. Just at 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of natural stone (once installed), manufactured stone will help builders and architects with cost efficiencies all the while not having to sacrifice any custom details.
Stone veneer has a two percent waste factor when compared to a whopping ten percent or more from that of natural stone. The popularity of stone veneer is steadily increasing in the masonry industry due to its design versatility, affordability, and speed of installation. It is still important to keep in mind that not all stone products have the same quality as stone veneer. Anytime you are purchasing stone veneer from a manufacturer, pay close attention to the pattern, thickness, repetition, & coloration.
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