Cantor’s Corner: Choosing Stone Veneers, Facing and Paving
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Two popular finishes used for indoor and outdoor spaces are natural and man-made stone veneers. These materials are available in many styles, textures and colors to be used for walls, fireplace facing and paving.
Natural or Man-Made?
Both natural and man-made stone veneers work equally as well in most cases with the exception of waterfalls or water features and when weight is a consideration. Man-made materials are substantially lighter and substantially less expensive than natural stone. Natural stone is always the choice for water features.
Common manufactures of man-made stone, also known as stucco stone, are Coronado, Eldorado and Cultured Stone now sold under the Boral name. A unique siding alternative is Board Form manufactured by Creative Mines. The material cost range for manufactured stone or Board Form is $6-15 per square foot.
Natural stone comes out of the ground and is mined in rock quarries. It’s available through block, brick and rock yards, or other building supply yards. Some common styles of natural stone are stacked, river rock and fieldstone. Material cost ranges from $8-15 per square foot.
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