Cultured stone refers to manufactured stones. Cultured Stone is a man-made product cast out of cement, pigmented dyes and aggregates. It creates a shape and look like natural stone and because of its lighter weight it’s easier to install in a variety of applications. It can be adhered directly onto the surface you want to enhance.
While cultured stone will never fully replace natural stone, it does provide you with a few more options for your home. Our Calgary-based masonry contractors will go through options with you to decide whether cultured stone or natural stone is better suited to your home improvement project. If you’re looking to add a water feature to your home, for example, then natural stone would be the best way to go. Installation is the same for manufactured and natural stone veneers. Done right both are equally durable.
Natural stone is exactly as the name suggests. Its stone quarried from the earth that has nothing added and nothing removed from it. It can be left in its original shape, or carved to create a desired look. It will never fade in the sunlight and will forever hold its original beautiful look and appeal. Used outdoors, it requires little maintenance. The occasional pressure wash, if necessary, is generally all it needs.
Another perk is that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or toxins, so you can rest easy knowing your interior stone installation is a healthy and sustainable design. It’s also recyclable and can be utilized to create a one of a kind look for your home or business.
Small stones can be used in a mosaic pattern or adhered together for completely new appearance. Whatever look you’re hoping to achieve through stone enhancements, we can help. We’ll show you different options, colours and possibilities for your space, some you may not have even thought of.