If you love the look of natural stone, but have concerns about the price tag that comes along with it, you might consider manufactured stone veneer. Manufactured stone veneer is a great alternative to natural stone because it is not as heavy and less expensive but still gives the look you desire.
Benefits of Manufactured Stone Veneer
Manufactured stone veneer is basically highly processed cement. Only someone highly skilled in masonry would be able to tell that it is not natural stone. Because it starts from such a versatile material, and the wide variety of processes available, you can find manufactured stone veneer to match almost any aesthetic you desire.
The fact that manufactured stone veneer is not as heavy as the natural stone may sound like a con, but it actually makes it much easier to work with. It can be used with masonry, wood frame, or metal structures. It does not need additional foundation support the way real stone does either.
Even though it is a lighter material, it is still strong. As long as you have your stone veneer installation performed by a masonry expert, and keep up with any maintenance or masonry repair, your products will last a long time.
Cons of Manufactured Stone Veneer
Not For The DIY-er
Hiring a masonry service for your stone veneer installation is critical. Improper installation of manufactured stone veneer can result in severe damage, often very shortly after being installed. If you are hoping to cut costs on the installation, a manufactured stone veneer is not an option.
Susceptible to Certain Elements
Manufactured stone veneer is more sensitive to harsh chemicals than natural stone. De-icing salts, paint thinners, and cleaning solvents can stain the veneer or result in permanent discoloration. While manufactured stone veneer products are strong, they should not be used in areas where a lot of chemicals will be present.
Not Good For Pool Usage
Chlorine can cause discoloration or significant damage to your manufactured stone veneer. Therefore, it is not recommended for usage in or around pools. If you want a stone look near your pool, you will have to consider natural stone or another alternative.
If you’re curious if manufactured stone veneer is right for your project, contact a DeLuca Masonry Construction, LLC. as we specialize in any type of masonry service, repair, or installation. Contact us today for a free quote on the next masonry installation you have in mind!