You may have seen a glimpse of cultured stone or natural stone in the walls of homes or businesses you have visited. They may be located in the exterior cladding, around the fireplace or in other architectural details. However, how can you distinguish the difference between the two?
Cultured stone goes by many names; veneer stone, architectural stone, or manufactured stone, are all different names describing engineered stone meant to look like natural stone. Cultured stone is made out of cement, aggregates, iron oxide, and is baked in textured molds to appear like stone. The cement makes the product durable and stable, while the iron oxide provides pigmentation. However, cultured stone shouldn’t be confused with faux veneer stone, as they are closer to styrofoam than stone.
They are light, easy to cut, widely available, and have predictable qualities since they’re manufactured. However, they look monotonous and are brittle and prone to fading.
Natural stones that are used by home improvement and siding contractors are extracted from natural resources, with nothing added or removed, maintaining its purity. Natural stones can be added to homes as they are, such as rounded river shapes. They can be also carved to fit the client’s desired shape, whether it’s a block for a building, sheets for walls, or a stone tile for flooring.
These veneers give off a natural appearance and are durable enough with long-lasting colors to match. However, they are heavy, dense, difficult to shape, and are difficult to find.
Natural stone can be used structurally, while manufactured veneers can’t. However, some natural stones such as travertine, perform better than others. It’s commonly used for pathways, floorings, and walls. Manufactured veneers carry half the weight of natural stone even if they are of the same size. They are also far easier to cut and install than natural stone because of their weight and density. However, when it comes to colorfastness and durability, natural stone emerges as the victor.
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