Stone Veneers – Bring a “New England” Charm and Style To Your Home

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Home exterior trends come and go, but masonry is a classic, as lasting as the stones of which they are made. The Shingle style of the late 19th century is best known for its high-profile use of masonry, but homes built before and since have made excellent use of stone.  With a variety of natural shades and techniques designed to pay tribute to New England’s greatest architectural achievements, stone is the material for a classic New England home.

Not Quite Ready to Rock? 

As a material, stone does have its drawbacks, including weight and heat conduction. Natural stones are heavy, which makes them costly to transport and aren’t suitable for areas with little support. Heat and cold also transmit through stone readily; if you’ve visited a castle, you’ll know how quickly the cold outside can transfer inside. When used with the proper support, stone can endure beautifully for decades.

Culture Club

The weight of stone and the challenge of finding just the right colors and shapes has led to manufacturers creating cultured stones. These are made of shaped and colored concrete. They are relatively lightweight, are created in molds that ensure uniformity and can be painted to match. They aren’t always as durable as natural stone, but if you are looking to match cultured stone already in your home, or you are looking to work on an area relatively protected from the elements, cultured stones can be an attractive and affordable choice.

Everything Old Is New Again 

One option, however, captures the beauty of natural stone without its drawbacks. Covering a building in attractive stone dates back to ancient Egypt, where the pyramids were once clad in white limestone. Today’s stone veneers are sheets of natural stones that are thin enough to require no additional structural support. They can be as thin as three-quarters of an inch, but create the look of solid stone. Because they are made of natural stone, the variations of color, shape, and size available with natural stone veneers will mark your home as distinctive and tasteful.

Rock Stars  

The Delgado Stone Veneer Colonial Tan Mosaic shows the rustic beauty of natural stone veneers.

The slightly irregular yet congruous shapes look perfectly natural while creating a consistent look. The striations in the stone evoke marble without the hefty price tag with a slight iridescence. Similar options include the Colonial Tan Ashlar, Colonial Tan Square/RecColonial Tan Strip, and our best-seller Colonial Tan Ledge 

The Old New England Rounds create a softer, warmer look.

The creamy brown and grey tones remind one more of the Shingle style. But these can create a more subtle look for an outdoor dining area or water feature, as the roundness of the stones reminds one of rocks found by the riverbed.

The Connecticut Blend Ledge is perfect for cooler color schemes.

Paired with deep terracotta planters or bedecked with daffodils, the lines and angles of this pattern evoke bustling market towns. Similar Options include the Connecticut Blend AshlarConnecticut Blend MosaicConnecticut Blend Square/Rec and Connecticut Blend Strip.

Stone veneers are highly versatile, budget-friendly, and suit every color scheme imaginable. Stone veneers create looks that are distinguished but not hidebound, warm but not too precious. Whatever look you are hoping to achieve with stone, we’re here to help.

2017-05-02T09:28:04+00:00 January 9th, 2017|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.
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