Natural or man-made… that is the question? Whether you’re a homeowner looking to renovate part of your house or a commercial contractor designing the the lobby of an apartment building, the decision must be made on whether or not you will use natural thin stone or faux stone.
The first thing people think of when deciding on real stone vs. fake stone is price. It often comes as a surprise when they find out natural stone is not as expensive as they thought. When you factor in durability of the product and value, it almost becomes a no-brainer to go with real thin stone veneer.
Still not convinced? Here are a handful of advantages natural thin stone provides over the fake stuff:
It’s Natural - I’ll start with the most obvious advantage… it’s natural. Natural stone comes from the Earth. What’s better than that? Whether it’s quarried or fieldstone, natural stone is pure. It’s beautiful and it can stand the test of time. Using natural stone creates less man-made waste and is better for the environment. If you don't do it for yourself, do it for the planet.
Low Maintenance - Natural stone requires very little care once it’s installed. It can handle any weather elements it faces and doesn’t need to be repainted. If you purchase a quality natural stone veneer it’s likely to outlast you and your project.
Many Sources - All stone is not created equal. The majority of our natural stone comes from the fields and quarries of New York, Pennsylvania, and New England. We proudly work with dealers across the country who may not have access to these stones. In the midwest or south, they have a different look to their stones. Natural stone comes from all over but quality and look are always a priority.
Easy Application - It’s easy for me to say, I’m not a mason. I’m always impressed by the work a talented mason can produce. It’s art. Natural thin stone veneer can be applied directly over brick or other rigid structures. To be classified a natural thin veneer it has to weigh less than 15 lbs/sf. If possible get yourself a great mason. If not, you can take on the project without having to worry about tearing anything down to put it up.
Interior or Exterior - Natural thin stone works for interior or exterior projects. From the lobby of a hotel, a fireplace, or the siding of your house. Use natural stone veneer for almost any new construction or remodeling project. With so many options you can find the right look for a bathroom or a natural stone wall.
I could list many other advantages of natural thin stone veneer (customization, unique, texture, etc) but I’m going to stop at these five. When deciding between natural and man-made stone, go with natural. You won’t be disappointed.