Stone Walls, also called Stone Veneers are beautiful structures that a stone contractor use to enhance the look of a house or a patio.
These walls can be built with either natural stone (thick or thin) or artificial stone. These types, together with the several colors and designs availables, gives us almost infinite possibilities when choosing a design for our house.
- Thin Veneers and Artificial Stone:
Thin natural stone is usually installed the same way as the artificial stone since they are both about 1.5" thick. They are perfect to cover exisiting walls (such as brick, concrete or wood), and they only cost a fraction of the price of the thicker stone.
The difference between real stone and the articial one, is that the artificial stone is made out of painted concrete. Which is great due to its light weight, but it is not as durable as the real stone.
Thin stone veneers are installed right against the wall with a layer of waterproofing and a steel lath reinforcement. Then, depending on the stone type, we can install them with a mortar joint, or mortarless for a more rustic look..
- Thick Veneer or Building Stone:
Thick stone veneer, which is also called building stone, is about 4" thick. This makes the installation a little more difficult for the stone contractor since the extra weight will require a proper footer to support the finished stone wall.
These stone veneers tend to look more luxurious than the thin veneer. This is due to the fact that thicker stones are cut more squared, and their patterns are more elavorated and less random. Building stones are perfect for outside walls either against the house or by themselves (on a patio, or by the landscape). The only downside is the higher cost when compared to the thin veneer. But if your budget can allow it, building stone is a great way to go..
I would not recomend this as a DIY project... But if you need help from a professional stone contractor to install or just help you with your project, gives us a call. We offer free estimates for all Montgomery County and Maryland!!
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