Achieving Natural Beauty: The Secrets of Stone Veneer

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For centuries people have been dressing up their interior and exteriors with the elegant look of stone. Even early Roman architects understood the great elegance brought on by building with stone or using it as a decorative feature. Any building or structure benefits from the natural beauty of earth’s tones and the wonderful look of cantera stone, granite, or marble. Stone veneer, however,  is an alternative to natural stone and achieves the look and feel of the real thing. In recent years, there have been great strides in the world of stone veneer and the beauty and versatility that this option offers homeowners looking to enhance any room or area of their home. 

Veneers can be just as striking as the real stone and offer many styles. These manufactured veneers are man-made products that are made to replicate the aesthetic appeal of real stone. 

How Is Stone Veneer Made? — Achieving the Excellence of Natural Beauty 

Stone veneer became popular around the 18oo’s although it was used much prior to that. As buildings were built taller in the 20th century, veneer became popular because of its non-weight bearing properties. It allowed for a lightweight and beautiful covering. Stone veneer refers to a thin layer of any stone or manufactured stone used as decorative facing material that is not meant to be load-bearing. This allows the builders a lot of flexibility and lightweight material to color their structures’ interior or exterior. There are two main types. They include:

Manufactured veneer: Typically, manufactured veneer might be made out of Portland cement, natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigment that adds coloration and variety. The cement gives the veneer its stability. This is an affordable alternative that is easy to handle and cut and offers a lot of flexibility.

Natural veneer: Long-lasting veneer made out of natural stone, so it has characteristics that are unique only to natural stone. Natural stone veneers and tiles are typically extracted from quarries throughout the world. Because these veneers are taken from different geological places in the world including China, Turkey, Africa, India, and the U.S, there is a wide spectrum of color and texture options available. 

How to Choose The Best Option for You

This largely depends on the project you’re looking to use the veneer for. Each type has its own characteristics and benefits. Manufactured veneer stone is generally too weak to be used structurally as support. Natural stone is lightweight but is able to support some weight but not additional weight. So depending on whether you are looking to enhance the look of your fireplace or wanting to build a small structure in your backyard that is relatively lightweight, veneer can be a good option. 

Which one is more durable? 

When properly installed and made of quality materials, manufactured stone’s durability can be equal to that of natural stone. 

Is there a cost difference between the two?

The cost tends to be about the same, although it might vary some with the source or style. For the most part, however, veneer is a more affordable option and runs about the same. 

Does manufactured stone resist wear and tear?

Both styles of veneer are highly resistant to wear and tear, weather conditions, and thaw cycles. Our products are high-quality and are tested to stand the test of time. We also ensure that it is installed properly so there are no cracks or weak spots due to poor installation. 

The Benefits of Stone Veneers — Considering This Popular Alternative 

Many homeowners and builders have found that the beauty of stone veneers can match that of natural stone. Due to improved processes and cuts, veneers have become a popular alternative that offers homeowners a different set of benefits. These include:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to cut
  • Uniform sizes
  • Consistent and more predictable quality 
  • Accessible 

Other notable qualities often overlooked:

  • Stone veneer is fire resistant
  • Stone veneer is insect repellant 
  • Stone veneer is made of water
  • Provides great insulation and prevents moisture penetration 
  • Stone veneer is made out of waterproof high-density polyurethane 

Added Versatility — Creative Options for Stone Veneers 

Because of the versatility offered by stone veneers, homeowners and business owners are finding new ways to add them to their homes and buildings thereby adding a layer of elegance and beauty. 

Build With Beauty and Security with FN Decorative Concrete

Our specialty is creating beautiful structures for homes and offices. Whether you are looking to improve your fireplace, add an outdoor kitchen, install a fire pit, infuse your restaurant with a new aura, add finesse to your bank building, etc.  We are here to help you choose the best option for your project. Give FN Decorative Concrete a call and find out what we have to offer.

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