We are seeing stone veneers and manufactured stone becoming popular and common on a lot of homes. What most people do not realize is that stone veneer and manufactured stone is applied in a very similar fashion as stucco. With this the same concerns that we see with stucco can many times be hidden behind these stone systems. Also it is very important that if you choose to install a stone veneer or manufactured stone that it is installed properly. Ai has vast knowledge in all types of stones and our installation system well exceed the standards. We love the beauty of these stone products and will not just be able to give you great options but also be able to install a system that will give the longevity you would expect from stone.
What is Stone Veneer?
Stone veneer is used as a protective and decorative covering for exterior or interior horizontal walls and surfaces. The veneer is typically 1 inch thick and typically weighs less than 15 lbs per square foot so that no additional structural supports will be required. Manufactured stone veneer is a decorative building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone. The names artificial stones, stacked stone veneer, manufactured stone, and flexible stone veneer are also used for stone veneer.
Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected stone or from quarried stone. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. This stone is often called thin stone veneer.
Manufactured stone veneer is fabricated by pouring a lightweight concrete mix into forms of different style and then painted with a coloring process which makes it resemble real stone.
The advantages of stone veneer are:
- cost (cost of material, cost of application, waste cost)
- weight (ease and cost of application)
- variety of designs and colors