The old-school of way of applying stone cladding to a home was first buy numerous TONS of bulky stone, pour a second footer to set them on, and hire true-life stone masons to properly apply it. The result was old-world gorgeous, but really expensive.
Adding stone veneer to your home became a lot easier when veneer became thin, now only an inch or two in thickness. And it’s still an excellent way to provide a natural and unique esthetic that will not only help add color and texture to your exterior, and boost your curb appeal, but can also drastically change the look of your interior design as well.
Natural stone veneer can be used in a number of different ways, whether it’s as an interior/exterior accent wall, in a front entry, a kitchen backsplash or a fireplace surround. When it comes to choosing natural stone veneer in Denver, there are two basic choices – natural stone and manufactured.
The Advantages of Natural Stone Veneer In Denver
- Moderate cost – Stone veneer used to be a high-ticket amenity relegated only to high-end homes. Now, as manufacturers have gotten efficient with better cutting tools, the cost has dropped to be affordable for even moderately priced homes. Adding to the drop in price is you can transport much more thin stone veneer, which means transport costs have also become more affordable.
- Easier installation – Thin stone veneer is also much easier to install because of its weight. In fact, with the new layout of mesh-backed pieces, you no longer need years of experience to install it like a mason. This is an advantage to both contractors and homeowners. Contractors will be able to apply it faster, while homeowners won’t have to deal with the inconvenience of the installation for very long. Additionally, there aren’t issues with adding thin stone veneer to non-load bearing walls.
- Smaller size – It goes without saying that thin stone veneer takes up less space. This can be hugely beneficial in areas where space is of concern, such as on interior walls.
- Plethora of styles – not long ago, thin stone veneer in Denver was relegated to common earthtone colors, mainly grey, tan black or brown. Now, whites, slates, blacks and a multitude of other colors are all the rage. For example, white marble or travertine is the most popular stone color of the year, both last year and this year. Add to the color, different textures like tumbled, honed and polished, and your choices veneer look skyrockets.
- Caveat of freeze-thaw environments – While homeowners can benefit from having stone cladding on their exterior walls in cold weather climates, mainly heat retention, dry-stacking stone veneer does have a cautionary tale that comes with it. First, not every stone material does well in exterior applications; some stone can start to flake if exposed to the elements. Additionally, unless special polymer-based thinset is used to apply the stone, water can get behind the veneer and eventually start to pop pieces off the wall in wet freeze/thaw situations. However, if you use a reputable contractor to install the thin stone veneer, then becomes less of a concern.
Whatever the taste, and whatever the budget, make an appointment with a stone expert to see the samples at ProCoat Systems stone pavilion. The products are sure to bring ideas to you that you never considered. Please visit www.procoatsystems.com for more information, or call 303.322.9009 to book an appointment with one of our sales professionals.