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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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I am a first time homeowner and very new to keeping a home. The other day, I received a phone call from a chimney company asking if I needed my chimney cleaned. They gave me a great price of $40, so I figured, why not. My husband and I were looking forward to using our fireplace and at that price how could I go wrong. The company showed up and started to scare me that my chimney could not be cleaned, because if they did, the entire chimney would collapse. They started to scare me, that if I did not do this, my gas furnace would leak carbon monoxide into my home and it would be unsafe for my family. They were really pressuring me into a $2000 repair job. When I said I needed to discuss it with my husband, they got really aggressive and insisted I do it right away. They wanted cash and would do it for half price if I did it now. They finally left after some tense moments. I told a friend about this and she told me to call Total Chimney Care. I did and was greeted by a nice woman on the phone. She seemed to know what I was talking about and understand my fears about having someone else come out. I agreed on an appointment (reluctantly) and waited for them. They arrived, looked at my chimney, and showed me that nothing was wrong. They cleaned my fireplace and even showed me how to use it. They were great, honest, and made me feel comfortable. I would use them again and recommend them to anyone. Thanks for reading. :-)
~ Christine