Stone is one of the most forgiven exterior claddings when it comes to maintenance mainly because it is a highly durable material, real thin veneer stones can easily out last any other exterior cladding, the only downside to it, is its price that compare to manufacture stones is higher.
Base on experience, even though stone is highly water and weather resistant, when it is not installed correctly with a proper drainage system behind, it tend to keep moisture even more then stucco probably because of its density, throughout the years we have remediate many stone homes with improper water managements, this experiences is what allow us to see why many stone installations fail.
Since the 90’s we have installed a rain screen mat behind every stone project we have worked on to make sure that the wall has the capacity to breath and dry out easily and faster, when stone knee walls are installed as part of the proper water drainage system we have always installed a non corrosive aluminum L flashing right over the stone sill to make sure that the water that is coming from the top cladding whether is siding or stucco flows and drain on top of the stone instead of behind, we always install a minimum of 2 layers of a water resistant barrier paper and weep screed where wood meets basement concrete to ensure that the water always have a place to weep out.
If you are in need of a professional contractor, looking for an installer, searching for an specialist, experiencing stucco, siding or stone problems, feel free to contact us, we will be more than glad to help you and answer all your questions.
Frequently asked questions.
Manufactured stone veneer is a building material fabricated by pouring a light weight concrete mix into a cast of natural stone mold. A distinct coloring process creates natural color palettes that capture the nuances of real stone. Its light weight properties eliminate the need for wall ties or footings. The thickness of manufactured stones is in average 0.625″ to 3.625″, depending on the texture.
Real thin veneer stone is a completely natural building material, blocks are removed from the quarry to further cut them to an acceptable required thickness and multiple shapes.
For both real thin veneer stone and manufacture veneer stone the process of the installation is the same.
On wooden walls a minimum of 2 water resistant barrier building paper most be installed followed by the installation of a rain screen mat to create a gap between the stone and the wall for water drainage purposes and faster dry out of the walls, all necessary flashings most be installed including weep screeds, kick out flashings, drip caps, j channels, etc. Once the water management has been taking care of the lath metal mesh is embedded in a thick or two coats of Portland cement with a remarkable scratch to ensure an strong bondage between stone and scratch coat followed by pointing of all joints and filling all spaces.
We ALWAYS recommend the installation of a rain screen drainage mat between the stone and the actual water proofing membrane, stone when is not installed correctly can cause 1000s of dollars worth of damage to the home owner, extra precaution should be used when designing an stone water management.
Real stone been a Natural product and manufacture a man made product.
Real thin veneer stone pros
- 100% natural look
- Stronger density
- It will not fade
- Will handle elements better
- Non combustible
Real thin veneer stone cons
- High Price
- Not Replicable if needed
Manufacture veneer stone pros
- Affordable price
- Non combustible
- It comes in many colors and shapes
- Not as heavy
- Replicable if needed
Manufacture veneer stone cons
- Won’t handle elements as good as real
- Minimal noticeable color fade with time
If you are having stone, water ant mold issues refer to our Stucco and Stone remediation services page for more info.
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