Cultured Stone Ideas For Your Home 31. March 2017 Administrator Cultured Stone (0) Your Home NEEDS Stone Veneer! There are a number of things you can add to make an average home look… well, more than average, but few add more beauty than the unique look of stone on the exterior of your home. Stone not only compliments the exterior of your home, but it adds character and a dramatic flair that is hard to beat. Although stone is absolutely beautiful, it is not very practical to use. Stone is very heavy, and if not correctly placed it can crack the stone or worse, it could harm the exterior walls of your home. With the hard labor and potential risks of using real stone comes the high cost associated with the installation and purchase of the material. So what do you do? You love the thought of using stone for your home, but you don’t want to deal with the risks and maintenance of real stone as well as pay the high cost for the material and installation. Iowa Home Exteriors highly recommends the use of stone veneer, and not just any stone veneer. We always recommend Provia Heritage Stone. What is Stone Veneer? Stone veneer is such an incredible resource when it comes to adding that special look to your home. Manufactured stone veneer is made from Portland cement and iron oxide pigments for coloration. Some stone veneer is so realistic, you have to physically look it over to make sure it is a manufactured veneer. If you want a cultured stone that looks and feels like the real thing, choose a product that uses handcrafted molds to capture the details of real stone. Provia Heritage Stone is created to look exactly like natural stone by combining realistic coloring from raw pigments and adding deep shadowed lines to produce vivid effects in all their manufactured stone products. The coloring used in the stone veneer goes beyond the surface and permeates the entire product, giving each and every stone a genuine look with long lasting vibrant color. There are many different colors and patterns you can choose from to include: Ledgestone Drystack Stone Limestone Fieldstone River Rock Terra Cut Natural Cut PrecisionFit™ Provia Heritage Stone products makes sure there are no repeated shapes or patterns in the stone within every 1000 feet to ensure a natural look you will appreciate. Stone veneer is usually less than one inch thick and weighs around 15 pounds or less per square feet. Compared to real stone, stone veneer is lightweight, flexible, and relatively easy to install when done correctly. Uses for Stone Veneer The most common use for stone veneer is an added accent for your home’s exterior or used as a full wrap. With so many different color options and patterns you can use stone veneer as an option for: Fireplaces: Stone veneer fireplaces can feature everything from a traditional look to a modern or even Victorian style. Kitchens/Bathrooms: Stone veneer backsplashes and accents can add texture and variation to kitchens and bathrooms that goes a long way. Arches/Doors/Windows: Using stone veneer for an arch, door or window can be the difference between ho-hum and stunning. Adding stone veneer will definitely boost your home’s curb appeal! Stone Veneer Installation The installation process for stone veneer is definitely easier than using real stone so for those people who like DIY projects Provia Heritage Stone products are perfect. But if you want a professional look with no worries, our recommendation is to hire a professional contractor when installing stone veneer. Experienced professionals like the team at Iowa Home Exteriors will know the exact cuts and angles needed for your stone veneer needs to be placed properly. As we mentioned before, we highly recommend the use of Provia Heritage Stone. It is a great, reliable, and durable option when it comes to stone veneer. Contact us for any of your siding, or stone veneer needs! We would love the opportunity to sit down with you and go over the many options that Provia offers for stone veneer.