Real Stone Veneers has been available for years, but recent innovations allow natural stone to be cut thinner, faster and more efficient than ever before. Current cutting technology transforms full thickness natural stone into lightweight thin stone veneer (nominal 1-1/4 inch thickness). These lightweight pieces reduce production, shipping, and construction costs allowing greater affordability, installation versatility and real value when compared to manufactured imitation stone products. Real Stone Veneer can be installed quickly, without footings or ledges and adheres to concrete, plywood, paneling, drywall, and even metal. 90 degree angles cut from full thickness stones are used in corner applications that conceal the true thickness of the stone. The overall result is an application that looks like traditional full thickness installation.
Informed consumers prefer natural stone over “man-made cast concrete” materials, which is why Real Stone Veneer has become so popular in the marketplace.
Manufactured, or man-made cast stone is concrete poured into molds made to resemble natural stone. It has a paint or stain applied to the outside only. Chipping the stone will reveal the concrete inside. Manufactured products can not be cut or manipulated to fit an area. Time and natural weathering will fade and remove the coloring.
The advantages of Real Stone Veneer over manufactured stone are:
- Durability (real stone will not fade or crack over time. It lasts for centuries)
- Aesthetics, its look is superior to the man-made painted product. Characteristics which identify natural stone such as the texture, moss or lichen growing on the rock, unique shapes, etc. cannot be matched with manufactured stone.
- Real Stone Veneers can be cut, and shaped to any size needed.
*Stone is a product of nature and the color of the stone can vary according to areas harvested or mined. We make every effort so represent the color of the product accurately on our website and in our marketing materials. However, photos can be affected by lighting, photography, editing, reproduction or printing. It is important to view the actual product when deciding on a particular product.