(Manufactured and Natural Stone Veneer)
Natural stone veneer
Stone veneer can be natural or manufactured. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected or quarried. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. This stone is often called thin stone veneer. Some companies offering this type of veneer are Realstone Systems, Erth Coverings, Masonal Stone, Robinson Rock, etc.
Manufactured stone veneer
Manufactured stone veneer, such as Cultured Stone, Eldorado Stone, Renostone, Impex Stone, etc., is a decorative building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone. It is fabricated by pouring a lightweight concrete mix into painted rubber moulds of different styles which, when dry and unmoulded, have the appearance of real stone.
The advantages of manufactured stone veneer over natural stone are:
- Lower cost (cost of material, cost of installation)*;
- Lower weight (easy to install and easier to cut)*;
- Wide selection of styles in different colors.
* Manufactured veneer is approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cheaper than natural stone.
Downsides include a higher rate of rejected pieces, unrealistic appearance of some models, hard to remove stains and unconcealed mortar in side cuts.
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