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What is Stone Veneer?

The Stone veneer adds character and texture inside the home and outdoors. It is a popular choice for home improvement projects such as fireplaces, gardens, interior walls, and external siding. It is as beautiful as natural stone yet is lighter and more cost-effective.

Stone veneer is a building material that resembles natural stone. It is thin and commonly used for decorating walls and surfaces both indoors and outdoors. The manufactured stone is made by pouring a concrete mix into different sized and shaped molds. Coloring is added so that it appears as a real stone would. Mortar is used to attach it to walls.

Often manufactured stone is made with Portland cement, natural and lightweight aggregates, and colored with iron oxide pigments. Natural stone can also be used to make the stone veneer. Quarried or fieldstone is cut into light slices so that it can be used as a veneer. Sometimes thin layers are pulled from sandstone and slate. A backing is applied to form a flexible stone veneer.

Benefits

Besides the fact that manufactured stone is beautiful with its texture and natural colors, it also:

• Costs less than real stone
• The material and application are affordable
• It is light and easy to work with
• No need for wall ties and footings
• Large variety of colors and designs
• Less waste

It is important to note that manufactured stone is not as strong as real stone and may not be reusable. Sometimes a custom color can be mixed to match the existing stone structure. Decorative pieces can be hung on walls of manufactured stone. Drill into the mortar, and if the artwork needs moved, the hole is easily repaired.

Touch-up kits can repair chips and cracks. Cleaning manufactured stone is as simple as using a soft bristle brush and a mild detergent followed by rinsing with clean water for more challenging cleaning jobs.

Projects

Stone veneer can be used in many home improvement do-it-yourself projects. Some ideas include:

• Outdoor BBQ area
• Wine cellar wall
• Stonewall along a path
• Outline a fireplace
• Exterior walls of an entryway
• Home façade
• Water feature
• Columns and arches
• Signs
• And much more

There are an endless array of applications that stone veneer can be used to enhance a home’s value and feel. Consult the stone veneer specialists at Granville Stone for assistance with home improvement projects.

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