Stone Veneer

What Is Stone Veneer? Everything You Need To Know

Close-up of a thin stone veneer siding on a house

In 2018, 65% of American homeowners expected the value of their homes to go up over the course of the next decade. Unfortunately, home values change with the local housing market and the national economy. The good news is, you can improve your home’s value right away with a little curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint on your front door or applying new stone veneers can instantly spruce up your home. “What is stone veneer,” you ask?

Well, just keep reading to find out about the different types of stone veneer, its benefits, and how you can use it to update your home.

What Is Stone Veneer?

A veneer is a thin piece of decorative material that covers something else. Different kinds of veneers can be used in building exteriors, kitchen cabinets, and even your teeth! 

A stone veneer is a layer of stone or stone-like material that’s attached to a structure for decoration. The pieces are thin so they can’t hold weight, they’re only for decorative purposes.

Types of Stone Veneer

Exactly what is stone veneer made of? There are generally three types of stone veneer: faux stone veneer, natural thin stone veneer, and full bed veneer. Each type is made from something different or it has a different thickness. 

Faux stone is also called manufactured stone because it’s man-made to look like real stone. It’s often a combination of cement, natural minerals, and pigment. Depending on the manufacturer, sometimes what’s called faux stone is actually a type of Styrofoam-like material.

Natural thin stone veneer is a real stone that comes from mountains, riverbeds, and stone quarries. It’s cut into one-inch depths and shaped for a look that’s a bit more polished than raw stone, but still has that rustic look. 

Full bed veneer is the same as natural thin stone veneer, except it’s cut thicker. It’s usually between three and five inches thick. 

Watch this video to see how natural thin stone veneer is custom-cut for use in a home or landscaping application. If you have challenging corners or angles, you can get custom-cut stone for those areas, as well.

Benefits of Stone Veneer

Compared to building with real stone blocks, opting for natural veneers is more affordable. Not only are the stones themselves cheaper, but you don’t have to worry about structural reinforcements as you do with whole stones. 

Veneers aren’t as bulky, so you can add them to existing walls or fireplaces without worrying about the structure.

They’re also easier to install than traditional stone masonry. You still need to install metal lath and a layer of mortar to install the veneers, but it’s a simpler process.

Ways to Use Stone Veneer in Your Home

You can use stone veneer on the inside and the outside of your home, and you can find design inspiration for both. Add stone veneer to the exterior of your house, in outdoor kitchens and living rooms, or even on a retaining wall or fence.

It also makes for a great interior feature wall or on a fireplace. You can even use it to make a stunning focal point in a bathroom, staircase, or in an entryway. 

Lovely gray stone veneer accent wall in a bathroom
Image credit: From Wendy in "The 'You’ll Never Believe This Isn’t Stacked Stone' Bathroom Makeover"

Upgrade Your Home Today

If you were wondering, “what is stone veneer,” hopefully, you have a clearer understanding. Not all stone veneers are created equal, so you need to know what you’re buying before you choose it.

If you’re interested in updating your home with high-quality natural stone veneers, Southwest Stone Supply can help. We have the best and largest selection of veneers in Mid-Missouri, so browse our site, come in and look in person, or feel free to contact us with any questions. 

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