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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.

If your fireplace just needs a fresh look or a face-lift, the trained staff at Total Chimney Care can provide all the necessary stone and masonry work.






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This company is one of the best around. Don't be fooled by some of these shady companies out there. I bought my wood stove from Total Chimney back in 2005. It is now 2009. The stove had a MFG defect that just showed now. Steve sent his crew over and repaired the stove with no questions asked. He stands by his products. I have used him since putting this wood stove in for the yearly cleanings as well. His crew does a great job and they are neat and full of knowledge about their products. They never leave a mess behind. I would not hesitate to buy another stove from Total Chimney. They stand by their products and really provide great service. I live out in Bethany and it gets cold! My stove heats my house just like Steve said it would. I couldn't be more pleased. He insisted I put the stainless steel chimney liner in with the stove. I was reluctant but this was money well spent. The stove runs very efficient and I sleep well at night knowing it was properly and safely installed. Be sure you line your chimney. It makes the stove run better and makes cleaning very easy from inside the hosue. 5 stars all the way!
~ Bethany