Stone veneer is used as a protective and decorative covering for exterior or interior vertical walls and surfaces. Stone veneer is made from natural stone as well as manufactured stone. It replicate the look of natural stone . Manufactured veneer is cheaper than natural stone, approximately 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of natural stone. Its light weight eliminates the need for wall ties or footings and make it easier and cheaper to build. The variety of designs and colors makes available options which would not be available with natural stone, since natural stone is used in the general area around the locality which it is extracted. It is used for both interior and exterior and especially where bending to a curved surface is required. Flexible stone veneers are made from various types of slate, schist, or sandstone.
The advantages of manufactured stone veneer over natural stone are:
- cost (cost of material, cost of application)
- weight (ease of application)
- variety of designs and colors
- good look for home, office, Hotel etc.