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Stone Masonry

Most Durable and elegant wall cladding system

Stone masonry is a centuries old system that has been widely used in construction. It has been used to build commercial and residential buildings alike. It is one of the oldest forms of wall cladding system known to man. Stone structures were the earliest architecture system. Stone masonry has been always been a valuable wall cladding system since stones are easy to mine and they can be produced in variety of ways. As we progressed technologically, humans were able to produce stones more efficiently and effectively. Stone masonry is still tremendously popular due to its durability and providing a natural appeal to the buildings.

A natural stone exterior is likely ther first choice if you want durability merged with beauty. Natural stone is attractive since there are no stones identical that is placed next to each other, your wall will have a unique and non-repetitive pattern. 

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is a thin layer of decorative stone used to attach to a structure for protection and decorative purposes. It is also referred as stone siding or stone cladding. Since the stones used in cladding cut thin, its main purpose if for decorative and to protect the building against weather and wear. There are different types of stone veneer, including;  

  • Manufactured stone also known as faux stone because it is man-made to look like real stone. Manufactured stone is extremely beautiful and durable like its natural counterpart that will be discussed in the folllowing topic. Faux stones are usually lighter and easier to install. Its made of concrete and aggregate material that has been compressed into moulds. Though they look identical to real stones, its lighter and less durable nature makes the difference.
  • Natural stone veneeris a real stone that comes from the mountains, riverbeds and stone quarries. These stones are cut and carved into specifications of the stone project. The textures and imperfections of the stone give it a natural and rustic appearance. Until decades ago, natural stone was the only option.
  • Full bed veneer is the same as natural thin stone veneer, however it is cut thicker.

Benefits of Stone Veneer

People tend to love the look of natural elements in construction. Whether it’s stone veneer siding, natural wood siding or a wood deck, people love the appeal of earthy elegance offered by organic rock. Benefits of stone veneer includes but not limited to;

  • Cost; Compared to building with real stone blocks, choosing natural veneers is more affordable. Though they can be more expensive as an initial purchase, their durability and the long-term price value they add to a property makes them a good investment. 
  • Lightweight; Not only are the stones themselves cheaper, but you don’t have to worry about structural reinforcements as you do with the whole stones. Stone neveers are not as bulky, therefore you can add them to existing walls or fireplaces without worrying about the structure. Additionally, they are also easier to transport and install than traditional stone masonry. You still need to install metal lath and a layer of mortar to install the veneers, however it’s a simple process.
  • Durability; Stone veneers are truly durable, long-lasting, fire-resistant, eco-friendly and recyclable. Additionally, they increase the value of the property and nearly maintenance free.
  • Great for interior design; Stone veneers come in a very large selection of textures, dimensions, stone types as well as subtle color variations. When used for interior design, it adds the element of elegance and increase in appeal to interior structure.

Stone Veneer Frequently Asked Questions

When the face of the stone is in its most natural state, uncut and unpolished it is sometimes referred to as a quarry-faced stone. Some veneers retain this natural, rugged look while others are split-face stone. This means the rocks have been broken or mechanically split to reveal their inner stratification. So split-face rock sometimes exposes a rough-hewn surface that’s very attractive in a veneer. On the other hand, the natural texture along the cleft of the rock can often be moderately flat.

Yes. Cast stone is a reconstructed stone that Wikipedia defines as “a highly refined architectural precast concrete masonry unit intended to simulate natural-cut stone.” It is, therefore, not real stone, though it is made by mixing cement, coloring pigments, and various aggregates from real stones.

Cast stone products can emulate certain types of real stones such as limestone, granite, marble, slate, travertine, and bluestone. And since it can be made to replicate brick or terra-cotta quite well, it can provide an ideal replacement for brick. Furthermore, the character of cast stone is actually enhanced as it weathers with the passage of time.

One typically sees cast stone used in decorative architectural features such as window or door surrounds. Likewise, it is often used as an ornamental facing for buildings or other structures such as monuments or statues.

Due to the fact that it can be reinforced, cast stone offers the attractive appeal of natural cut stone in addition to the structural benefits of concrete. Plus, it is considerably more lightweight and easier to install

When the face of the stone is in its most natural state, uncut and unpolished it is sometimes referred to as a quarry-faced stone. Some veneers retain this natural, rugged look while others are split-face stone. This means the rocks have been broken or mechanically split to reveal their inner stratification. So split-face rock sometimes exposes a rough-hewn surface that’s very attractive in a veneer. On the other hand, the natural texture along the cleft of the rock can often be moderately flat.

Yes, Natural stone veneer is fireproof, since it is real rock. However, since they are made with cement and stone particulate, most manufactured stone veneers are also extremely fire and heat resistant. In fact, many have a class A fire rating. So those with the class A rating are completely safe for fireplace installations and for use around heat sources in your home.

Dry stack stone (or dry-stacked stone) is a centuries-old technique used for building walls. The careful choice and placement of the rock interlocks the pieces together providing amazing strength and extreme resilience despite the fact that no mortar is used. In veneers, the pieces are arranged to emulate the look of a real dry stack stone wall. 

Different from natural stone veneers, Faux Stone Veneer Panels are manufactured to replicate in detail the texture and beauty of real rock. Molded from actual quarried rock and colored with iron oxide pigments (the same as found in real rock), stone veneer panel systems are designed for elegance, durability, and easy installation. 

We recommend a dry stack veneer that provides both a quick fit and a sophisticated appearance. You don’t have to lay out individual pieces and choose which rock goes where. You can simply stack them like Lego blocks! These lightweight veneers are installed over a base of metal lath and a scratch coat of mortar.

Differing from the veneer panels mentioned above, natural stone veneers are made from real rocks sawn into thin profiles. Manufactured veneer stone is an amazingly robust composite of cement, real mineral aggregates, and pigment.

Cultured Stone is a man-made stone product, also sometimes called faux stone or manufactured stone. It is a compound of natural minerals and concrete molded to simulate the look of real rock. Natural pigmentation is added to the mix to create a realistic resemblance to real rock siding. While earlier cultured stone products were considerably less appealing than the real thing, the manufacturing process has progressed to the point that it’s hard to tell the difference between some of the faux products and natural rock.

Rock veneer siding is installed over a base of metal lath and mortar. For applications on a wood-framed structure, you will need to install a vapor barrier or sheathing paper first. Then, using roofing nails the lath is installed. The scratch coat is a mortar mix that is applied over the metal lath with a trowel. Your mortar should have a thick enough consistency that it doesn’t drip off of the trowel or the lath. However, it must remain wet enough to remain workable. The mortar is also used to butter the back of the veneer stone before installing it.

Yes. When quality products are chosen that enhance the beauty of your property and they are installed properly, stone siding veneers add value. As with any improvement on your home’s appearance, its curb appeal goes up, thereby increasing its value. And the sophisticated look of natural stone creates a pretty dramatic impression. 

Another kind of qualitative value is added through your own personal enjoyment of your home. Many people choose stone simply because they appreciate and take joy in the beauty it affords them.

Architectural stone veneer is another name for manufactured, cultured, or faux stone veneer. It borrows from the phrase, “architectural stone”. The reference is to real natural stone that has been cut or shaped to an architect’s dimensional and weight specifications for features like door or window moldings, stone balustrades, columns, caps, etc.