Cultured stone, also known as manufacturer stone, is a type of man-made material that is molded to look like natural stone veneer. It has become a popular choice in residential and commercial designs because of its versatility, durability, and natural appearance. With that in mind, cultured stone is not ideal for every situation. Here we’ll discuss what cultured stone is to determine if it’s a good fit for your property.
How Cultured Stone Is Made
Cultured stone is made from aggregate materials, cement, and pigment additives for coloration. Manufacturers create molds from natural stone or strategic mold designs, then pour the concrete mixture into the molds. The material is cured to yield a durable, stone-like veneer that is much lighter than natural stone.
Most cultured stone has surface texture that mimics natural stone, and there are color variations within that replicate what Mother Nature has done for thousands of years. Cultured stone is not identical to natural stone, but it can be difficult to tell them apart at first glance.
Advantages of Cultured Stone over Other Stone Veneers
Natural stone may seem like a superior choice, but that is far from the case. In many instances, manufacturer stone is a much better fit.
The biggest perk to cultured stone over other stone veneers is that it is a lighter material. It requires a less supportive substructure and can thus be applied to more surfaces. Cultured stone is also more affordable for large-scale projects, depending on the type of stone you choose. If budget constraints are a concern, cultured stone is an excellent option.
Where Can Cultured Stone Be Used?
Cultured stone can be installed on almost any surface. Fireplaces, porch columns, foundation skirting, accent walls, outdoor kitchens, property markers – the possibilities are endless! And because manufactured stone veneer comes in a variety of colors, you can find the perfect look to complement your property’s existing features.
How to Determine if Cultured Stone Is Right for You
If you’re still on the fence about cultured stone, natural stone, brick, concrete, etc., we’re here to help! We can discuss all of your options and create a custom plan for your property enhancement. N&M Restoration has years of experience with stone veneer, brick paving, and concrete applications. We are proud to serve multiple areas in Southeast Michigan, including Oakland County MI, Wayne County MI and Macomb County MI. Contact us at (586) 350-5824 to schedule your hassle-free consultation.