If you’re planning on building a new home or want to renovate your current one for an updated look, consider adding natural stone veneers into you plans. With a variety of shapes and colors you can create a look for home that is edgy and modern or classic suburb. Champion Brick currently offers six natural stone veneer options to choose from that provide a variety of looks for any home. Natural stone veneer is a great option to consider as it’s become a growing popular item in the market over the last several years.
What is natural stone veneer?
Stone veneer is a product that can be made from natural stone or manufactured stone, similar to how precious gems have their alternative faux items. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected fieldstone or quarried. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. Manufactured stone veneer is composed of Portland cement, lightweight natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigment for coloration. Natural thin stone veneer is cut to approximately one-inch thickness, weighing no more than fifteen pounds per square foot. This is important because it allows the contractor to install stone without building a block or concrete base that has to support the weight of a full bed stone.
They can weigh up to fifty-five pounds per square foot, which is a lot of weight to support and one of the reasons why natural thin stone veneer has become so popular.
Natural stone veneers can come in many styles. Here are typical cuts you can find:
Round: These are natural shaped round and ovals that have a balance of size. They’re great for that old farm look or for oceanside communities. Farm walls or country fireplaces are a very desirable look, especially in the northeast and mountain areas.
Square and Rectangular: This cut enables you to get an excellent ratio of size which is a plus for larger applications. It’s a great choice for a classic “old world” look.
Rectangular: This is rustic or a finely cut shape; a very universal cut that can be used in most applications large and small. It has a balance of size but not as dramatic as the square and rectangular.
Ledge Cut: Ledge cuts are smaller in width two to four inches and have varying lengths. If used alone they can create a “stacked” look and are an excellent choice for contemporary designs.
Mosaic Cut:This is a cut with points and angular shapes that have a mix of large, medium, and small sizes. Mosaic is another great option for larger areas where you can show the contrast of the shapes and size.
Champion Brick can assist you with any questions you may have about the product or design ideas. Check out our project gallery for ideas and to see some of the work we’ve done already with natural stone veneer. If you’d like to schedule a consultation or just have a question contact us and we’d be happy help.