Natural Thin Stone Veneer Overview
Natural Thin Stone Veneer starts with the same high quality, all natural building materials, then we cut both flat and corner shapes to produce real natural thin veneer stone at a real value. Why use fake (‘manufactured’, ‘architectural’, engineered, or ‘cultured’) stone, when you you can use genuine stone?
Normal ‘full thickness’ stone vs. thin stone veneer
Traditionally, stone veneer installed on the outside of a structure is 3-5” thick with an average weight of 45-50 lbs/sqft. The first (lowest) course rests on the brick ledge, with subsequent courses each resting on the one below. Masonry ties are used to secure the stone veneer to the wall. This method has a long and distinguished history as a strong, time-tested method of installation. However, in the past there have been some limitations regarding the ability to use natural stone such as: narrow or no ledge, possible weight restrictions, or height restrictions to name a few.
Natural thin stone veneer is created using the same high quality, full thickness stone and processed through special diamond bladed saws to cut off the outside layer. This produces veneers with nominal thicknesses of 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches at an average weight of 10 to 15 lbs/sq.ft. (depending on stone selection). Recent breakthroughs in stone manufacturing technology also enables us to create 90 degree corner pieces. Using these pieces gives you the benefit of using real natural thin stone, while preserving the appearance of full thickness veneer.
Why not artificial stone veneer?
Artificial stone veneer has a tendency to wear over time. Here’s an image of faux stone less than 18 months after installation. Notice the exposed aggregate interior…