Natural Thin Stone Veneer
Texas Stone Products is pleased to announce our Allegro Natural Thin Stone Veneer product line
Allegro Natural Thin Stone Veneer starts with the same high quality all natural building materials and we cut both flat and corner shapes to produce real natural thin veneer stone at a real value. Why use fake (‘manufactured’, ‘architectural’, engineered, or ‘cultured’) stone, when you you can use genuine stone?
Allegro Natural Thin Stone Veneer is available in all of the cuts and colors you find on our website. Just make sure you specify natural thin stone veneer when you order.
What’s the difference between traditional ‘full thickness’ stone and thin stone veneer?
Traditionally, stone veneer installed on the outside of a structure is 3-5” thick with an average weight of 45-50 lbs/sqft. The first (lowest) course rests on the brick ledge, with subsequent courses each resting on the one below. Masonry ties are used to secure the stone veneer to the wall. This method has a long and distinguished history as a strong, time-tested method of installation. However, in the past there have been some limitations regarding the ability to use natural stone such as: narrow or no ledge, possible weight restrictions, or height restrictions to name a few.
Natural thin stone veneer is created using the same high quality, full thickness stone and processed through special diamond bladed saws to cut off the outside layer. This produces veneers with nominal thicknesses of 1 1/4 to 1 ½ inches at an average weight of 10 to 15 lbs/sqft (depending on stone selection). Recent breakthroughs in stone manufacturing technology also enables us to create 90 degree corner pieces. Using these pieces gives you the benefit of using real natural thin stone, while appearance of full thickness veneer.
Why use natural thin stone veneer instead of traditional full thickness veneer?
A narrow ledge or no ledge, or construction or code restrictions relating to weight or height could be reasons to consider thin veneer. Interior applications using thin stone give back more usable space by reducing the thickness of the walls. Thin stone can also be installed over many existing rigid building materials to transform brick, wood, concrete, or other surfaces into beautiful stone finishes. Thin veneer is an outstanding choice when trying to achieve a ‘drystack’ look. In addition to its aesthetic properties, natural thin stone veneer can also be cost effective for many applications because of typically lower transportation costs (per sq/ft installed) and in many applications, a quicker installation.
Why use natural stone instead of man-made?
comaprison chart courtesy Building Stone Institute
Here’s an image of a fake stone failure less than 18 months after installation.