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So you're remodeling or laying new stone into your home and can't decide between natural and man-made stone. Most will prefer natural stones because of how it looks. Aside from the aesthetic value it offers, natural stones also increase the value of your home. You will need a more experienced contractor in order to install natural stone, but it will be well-worth it, as it will bring about a great overall look to your home. Manufactured stone is good for those who don't mind the faux look and want to save a little bit of money on their remodeling. Still not sure what to choose? Here are other considerations to make when deciding between these two materials:
Manufactured stone is essentially a mixture of cement and other components mixed together, poured into a mold, and painted to resemble natural stone. Some manufactured stone is made of faux veneer. The upside to man-made stone is that it's a lot easier to cut since it's thinner. Unfortunately, manufactured stone is prone to staining and will quickly show signs of wear and tear from rain, sunlight, and wind.
Natural stone may be limited in colors, as it is authentically colored in nature, but it will be a lot more durable compared to manufactured stone. Natural stone can endure harsh weather conditions as well. It has been around for centuries and will only get tougher with time. If you are looking for something durable, natural-looking, and also beautiful to go with your current home architecture, natural stone will certainly be the way to go. Although you may have many more options when it comes to the colors and style of artificial stone, since they are not natural, there are environmental factors you need to take into consideration. Manufactured stone is also made up of chemicals and colored artificially.
These stone pieces will come in panels. Each tile will look similar in some ways, but you can choose the shape and color that you prefer. Real stone will look a little more natural and will compliment your home well, no matter where you put it and what you do with it. If you want a more natural look that is also able to endure any weather, natural stone is the way to go.
The Cutting Process
The cutting of these materials is another important consideration to make before deciding on natural or manufactured stone. Real stone can be cut quite easily. Manufactured stone, on the other hand, may have some imperfect edges that some people may find unattractive. You will need to figure out how to hide these edges.
Manufactured stones have been painted to look natural, meaning that most of them have poor durability and can fade away with too much rain, sunlight, or even wind. Natural stone will not have this problem and will always look as pristine as the day it was installed. The durability of natural stone is what makes it such a popular material for outdoor projects. Stone has been used for ages and has always shown great endurance in any climate or weather. In certain environments, the manufactured stone can be susceptible to fungal staining due to its colored cement coating. Natural stone will always be more durable and will look great for years to come!
Do you need assistance in deciding what to use? Contact Stone Select today! We’re happy to help.