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How to Create Instant Curb Appeal with Natural Stone Veneer

Natural Stone Veneer Fireplace

Natural stone isn’t just for New England homes anymore. Large, expensive stones that once adorned colonial-style homes are now seen as an impractical building material because of their weight and cost. Now, natural stone veneers are emerging as a fast-growing trend in home building.

As the name implies, natural stone veneers are thin sheets of real stone that can be applied to interior and exterior surfaces and come in different shapes and sizes. You can explore your options by visiting Imperial Wholesale in Mesa. They have over 80 different kinds of natural stone and stacked stone veneers starting at $2.99. Here are the benefits of real stone and how you can create instant curb appeal with natural stone veneers.

Benefits of natural stone vs. manufactured stone veneers

Manufactured stone is a fairly new technology that has emerged as a cheaper alternative to natural stone veneers. It is cast in cement from an actual stone mold and is more lightweight than real stone. While it is cheaper to install, this type of stone isn’t as versatile as real stone. Natural stone veneers are real stone, which means you’re getting all the practical benefits as well as the look of natural stone, which just can’t be replicated. Whereas manufactured stone can be worn away by cleaning supplies, high pressure or natural elements, natural stone veneers stand up well to the elements and any other materials. You can scrub your natural stone with soap and water to clean it without ruining the stone’s gorgeous exterior. Real stone also won’t fade with sun exposure.

Full vs. thin stone veneers

Once you’ve decided on natural stone, you’ll have to choose the thickness of the veneer. There are full thickness natural stone veneers, which are about four inches thick and well suited for the outdoors, as well as natural thin stone veneers, which are only an inch to an inch and a half thick, which can be used outdoors as well as indoors. Each have their own benefits depending on your desired use. Full thickness stones are more customizable because there is more stone to work with. This type of stone also works well in larger areas because the stone, by nature of its size, can cover more space. This is perfect for areas in the exterior of your home. Natural thin stone veneers are a more recent adaptation of full thickness stone veneers. They were created as a more lightweight and versatile alternative. These stones provide the same aesthetic as full thickness stones because they are strategically cut to mimic their depth and dimension. Because this type of stone is more lightweight, you can use it indoors as well as outdoors, and you can even install it yourself.

Ways to create curb appeal with natural stone veneers

1. Outdoor Fireplace

Nothing looks better surrounding a warm, summer fire than natural stone. Natural stone veneers are practically made for outdoor fireplaces. They create an elegant enclose that can hold up well to high heat. For a more rustic look, choose a lighter exterior stone veneer, such as Imperial Wholesale’s Sonoma Valley panels. Darker stones like slate mask the soot buildup that is common with outdoor fireplaces, perfect for those who want a more low-maintenance option. For a darker stone, Charcoal Rust panels, available at Imperial Wholesale, are a good option.

2. Backsplash or accent wall

An accent wall is a great way to add a touch of personality to your backyard. Natural stone veneers work well with anything from large outdoor walls to small sitting ledges because they come in a variety of sizes. Not only are they customizable, but they lend themselves well to many different styles, far beyond the traditional rustic look for which they’re known. A more modern look can be achieved with honed marble stone, such as Imperial Wholesale’s Statuarietto Capri 3D panels.

3. Exterior Siding

Want the colonial charm of a traditional New England home without the high costs? Natural stone siding is your answer. Install these on the exterior walls of your home for a cozy yet regal look that’s guaranteed to make your home stand out. Whereas whole stones aren’t always a practical option due their heavy weight, stone veneers work with almost any home because they’re so lightweight. They’re also a unique way to set your home apart from the abundance of stucco homes found in Arizona. If you decide this is the right choice for your home, you should consult a professional for installation who can determine if your existing structure can support a natural stone facelift.

Stop by Imperial Wholesale’s Mesa location or call them at (480) 986-6900 to pick the natural stone veneer that works for your home.

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