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Culture Stone Walls

Updated:2014-06-25 13:42:53

Cultured stone is a man-made product designed to replicate the look of natural stone. Made in flexible molds and colored with iron oxide pigments, cultured stone veneers are lighter than mined stone and adhere to most wall surfaces. Stone textures, brick veneers and stone trim can all be man-made. Also known as manufactured stone, the veneers are gaining prominence in building and design circles because of their economy and availability.

                                                              

Advantages of Cultureds
Cultured stone is a lightweight simulation of stone or brick. Unlike natural stone that is expensive, labor-intensive to install and heavy, cultured stone is easier to work with, readily accessible and less expensive than natural stone. A cultured stone exterior can be applied over rendering to achieve the look of stone. No structural modifications, such as rebar or footers, need to be installed when using cultured stone veneers.
Design Advancements
When cultured stone was first introduced to the market, the molds produced a repetitious pattern that was easily recognizable as being a false front. Innovations and technology in the industry have led to increased product detailing and less repetition. Telling the difference between cultured stone and real stone with the naked eye is difficult.
Installation
 Cultured stone veneers are applied to existing structural stone walls with a masonry adhesive. Industry-wide guidelines have been set that establish weight, freeze-thaw limitations and thickness. Concrete block or poured concrete are preferred backings to culture stone as they do not fluctuate in weather. Wood is the least favored backing as it moves with temperature changes, increasing the possibility of cracks or a separation of the veneer from the backing wall.
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