The Allure of Cultured Stone
Like so many building materials, natural stone is something that isn’t always affordable or the best material to use in any given project. It can also be hard to get in many areas, so cultured stone may be the answer that will fit the need.
What is Cultured Stone?
In 1962 a couple of brothers out in California saw the need for a new building material and set out to develop it. They worked in plaster and developed exact replicas of natural stones that could easily be used for building. These “stones” are manufactured and cast in flexible molds, then hand-colored with iron oxide pigments.
Because they are made of lightweight aggregate materials, the veneers are about one-quarter the weight of full-thickness stone and can be adhered to most wall surfaces. This makes them perfect for fireplace facings.
Today you can get cultured stone in more than 21 textures and more than 100 colors. They are also available nationwide, which makes them easy to get and just about always in stock. Pair a professional fireplace mason with a great project and you will end up with a great finished product every time. Make sure you look at this stone before making your final decision. You will be glad you did.