Stone veneer used as the decorative facing material that is not meant to be load bearing. Stone veneer can be made from natural stone as well as manufactured stone. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected, i.e. field stone, or quarried. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer.
The advantages of natural stone veneer over manufactured stone are:
- Durability (real stone will not fade or crack over time. It lasts for centuries)
- Aesthetics, its look is generally viewed as superior to the man-made painted cultured stone product. Characteristics which identify natural stone such as the texture, moss or lichen growing on the rock, unique shapes, etc. cannot be matched with manufactured stone.
- Its semi-lightweight eliminates the need for wall ties or footings and makes it easier and cheaper to build.
Stone cladding is a thin layer of real or simulated stone applied to a building or other structure made of a material other than stone. Stone cladding is sometimes applied to concrete and steel buildings as part of their original architectural design. As a finish lately are very often used for the interior walls giving the interior great structure and excellent design.