Stone is more affordable, accessible and easier to install than you might think. Heck we sell our natural stone veneer online through our website. Unless you’re lucky enough to have your property already outfitted with some stone chances are you’re going to need to buy it to create a stunning exterior, beautiful kitchen backsplash, classy game room or even a fireplace for your outdoor haven.
Before you go out buying the stone you need, a plan and to build the skeleton first. Out of all the materials you can use stone is going to provide the most value and add permanent beauty to your home.
Stone has a reputation of being overly heavy and cumbersome to install. The truth is our thin cut natural stone veneer is light enough (13 pounds per square foot) to be applied to any structurally sound wall. It also will last a lifetime making it a great financial decision for increasing the value your home.
Whether you’re going to hire a contractor or pick up a few books and do it yourself, here are a few things you need to know about the different types of stone.
Different types of limestone veneer
There are many types of limestone veneer in a variety of colors, textures, and shapes it can be hard to know which one is right for you. When picking the right stone try to stay within your specific style of home.
Here are just a few types of stone:
These low height stones come in a variety of colors and textures and give a contemporary feel. Due to the little pieces the stone is harder to work with than types of limestone and also more expensive to install. Example: Primavera.
Advantages: It’s beautiful and readily available.
Disadvantages: It can be more expensive to install.
Castle Stones are characterized as rectangular shapes of varying sizes. This type is great for large scale projects because with the large pieces it doesn’t become too “busy”. You can find them in a wide variety of colors making it perfect choice for your home’s exterior. Example: Castle Ridge.
Advantages: Versatile, adaptable, and cost effective.
Disadvantages: Due to the large pieces it is not good for small fireplaces or backsplashes
Split-face stone is a rough cut building stone exposing the stones interior. It works great around structures. This stone is typically used for external walls such as fireplaces, chimneys. Example: Empire.
Advantages: Split-face stone is great at helping outdoor structures blend in with the landscaping retaining walls.
Disadvantages: The stone colors are somewhat monochromatic.
Fieldstone like the name implies is a naturally occurring rock collected from local fields. The stone can sorted by size in preparation for building and landscaping. Example: Door County Fieldstone.
Advantages: Unique and a wide variety of color variations.
Disadvantages: The major differences in color and variation may not be for those looking to create a more cohesive look.
Quarried stone comes in a variety of shapes and sizes meaning you can get a uniform look in just about any type of stone you pick. I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on the type of stone you pick, instead focus on finding the stone texture and style that matches your home and taste. Almost every type of stone can do the job. Do you have any questions about which type of stone is right for your project? Leave me a comment below.