History is full of trends and cycles especially when it comes to architecture and home aesthetics. Ever since the construction of the Roman Coliseum in antiquity, stones have been used to emphasize the power of the natural world in architecture. Today, the use of stone veneer is coming back in style around the Hudson Valley. The term “stone veneer” may automatically bring to mind the image of manufactured or faux stone in the minds of many customers and home remodelers, however the manufacturing process behind the stone veneer product does not necessarily mean that the stones themselves aren’t genuine. There are indeed two types of stone veneer available in the marketplace, both manufactured and natural stone veneer, and they provide customers with a similar look that can immediately breathe new life into any landscape, outdoor patio, or home siding project. With the advent of new stone cutting systems, stone veneer projects are more accessible and less labor intensive than they have ever been before. Today, manufactured stone is made by using a unique concrete mixture that is poured into a variety of rubber mouldings that feature different pigments blended together in a streamlined process that allows the manufactured stones to maintain the integrity of actual carved stone. The look is one thing, but manufactured stone’s lightweight constitution means that the veneers are as versatile as any construction material in the industry. Even natural stone veneer has benefited from modern processes that cut them into thin slabs, reducing the time and effort it takes to transport them from site to site. At Ghent Wood Products, we offer a variety of stone veneers as well as natural stone slabs including Fieldstone, Thermal Bluestone, and Colonial stone.
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