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DelgadoStone 7/29/16 12:46 PM 4 min read

What Is Thin Stone Veneer?

You may not be familiar with “thin stone veneer”, but there is a good chance you have come across it at some point. At first glance, you may have seen it used for a fireplace or chimney. Now, it’s common to see the interior or exterior of both residential and commercial structures using thin stone veneer during construction.

Colonial Tan Ledge PalletColonial Tan Ledge is added to a
pallet prior to being shipped.

What is Thin Stone Veneer?

Thin stone veneer is often used as a protective or decorative covering for interior and exterior walls. The stone commonly cut to 1” thick making it ideal for siding, fireplaces, and chimneys. This differs from Full Bed Veneer, which can range from 3”-5” in thickness.

At Delgado Stone we make natural thin stone veneer by cutting natural stone that is brought in from quarries. The majority of our stones come from quarries located throughout New England and New York. This is very different from the manufactured stone, which can be referred to by many names: faux stone, artificial stone, or flexible stone. While they may look similar at first glance, the quality of the natural thin stone veneer is not something that can be replicated.

Which Thin Stone Veneer Is Right for You?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both natural stone veneers and faux stone. The faux stone is lighter, easier to apply, and less expensive since it’s usually imported from overseas.

Veneer Stone FireplaceNatural thin stone veneer
fireplace with TV mounted.

Natural thin stone veneer has advantages too. It’s more durable and will last longer, produces less waste than faux stone, and offers a natural “look” that often can’t be matched. The ability to take stone created in nature, shape it, and use it at your home or office is something that can’t be matched.
Thin stone veneer offers many options for architects, homeowners, and masons. It’s important to research what thin stone is right for you. Everyone has a different idea of what they want and with so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming. If you get it right the first time, you won’t have to redo it a second time… and that’s a great way to reduce cost, stress, and time.