Manufactured Stone Vs. Natural Stone: Can You Tell the Difference?

It’s getting more and more difficult to tell natural stone veneer from manufactured stone. When it comes to looks, our job is to make all of our manufactured stone as close to the real thing as possible. But, when it comes to the makeup of manufactured stone, we love just how different it is! There are so many advantages of using manufactured stone at your St Paul home for home cladding, fireplace surrounds, interior touches and more. Not only is our stone lovely and authentic looking, but it is also a more cost-effective alternative to natural stone. Here are a few other differences and similarities between our manufactured stone and natural stone, as well as some reasons to consider it on your next home project.

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Intelligent Design

Artificial stone is made of a molded concrete mix and ultimately can be “dyed” or painted any color, to mimic the look of any real stone. There have been so many advances in the manufactured stone industry over the years; and, Cascade Stone is at the forefront of innovation. Our manufactured stone is as beautiful as natural stone. You can get manufactured stone that looks like castle rock, fieldstone, brick, ledge stone, split fieldstone and more. It comes in a wide assortment of selections, so it is always easy to find the exact look you want. It is authentic looking, and it will be difficult for anyone to tell that it is not natural stone.

Lighter on Your Home and Your Wallet

Thanks to the way it is made, artificial stone is affordable and a fantastic choice for any home or business. Manufactured stone is much lighter than natural stone. All that is required to install it is a structurally sound wall and a specific type of mortar. There is no need to stack heavy stones on top of one another like you have to with natural stone!
A more cost-effective stone than natural stone, manufactured stone is both affordable and quite easy to install.

Incredible Selection is What You’ll Notice

With manufactured stone you can get the look of just about any stone, but you will not have to worry about expensive shipping costs like you would with natural stone. You can select a great looking stone to complement the look and style of your home.
With natural stone, you are sometimes limited with your selection depending on where your house is located. Shipping natural stone can be incredibly expensive, which just adds to the overall cost of your project.

As you can see, manufactured stone makes a great choice over natural stone for a more dependable, creative building experience. Contact us today, and we will gladly tell you even more!

Are you interested in learning more about manufactured stone for your St Paul home? Call us at Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Project Center: Manufactured Stone & Its Hottest Applications

Now that it’s spring you are no doubt considering some home improvement projects for the summer. Have you been thinking about incorporating the look of stone into your home? Cascade Stone is here to tell you all about artificial stone and its many applications! There are so many advantages of using artificial stone at your Twin Cities home. Artificial stone offers a natural stone look at a more affordable price. Not only is it beautiful and authentic looking, possibly raising the perceived value of your home, but it is also a more cost-effective alternative to natural stone.

Manufactured or artificial stone is known by many names, among them stone veneer, manufactured veneer, faux stone, lick and stick stone, etc. Artificial stone is made of a molded concrete mix and ultimately can be “dyed” or painted any color, to mimic the look of any real stone. It has become increasingly popular and is used in projects that reach far beyond the exterior of the home. Here are a few of the exciting projects we’ve worked on that incorporate the stunning look of artificial stone:

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Fireplaces

Give your home a cabin-like feel with a Fieldstone veneer fireplace or a classic, old-world charm with a stacked stone fireplace. We are very proud of all of our artificial stone fireplaces and have noticed their increased popularity over the years. This is likely due to the fact that they have such a natural look as well as a lot of depth, coming in a variety natural looking shapes and colors. And, when it comes to fieldstone from Cascade stone, there is simply not another artificial stone out there today that compares to ours. If you’re looking for a foundation on a cabin, home or fireplace this is the stone you want, please visit our showroom or take a look at the selection of stone we offer.

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Vanity & Bar Tops

New concrete stone inlay vanity tops are another great way to add custom charm to any room in the home. They come in all standard sizes, a variety of stunning colors and patterns. Create a beautiful and artistic centerpiece in your bath, man cave, or any other area of the home.

And these are just a few of the many popular looks in artificial stone. Cascade Stone also makes an excellent choice for a variety of other projects including entrance monuments, retaining walls, commercial applications and so much more!

Artificial stone can range in appearance from slate or granite to limestone or marble, with so many different styles to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect look to complement to your unique home and project vision! We offer over 10 different styles and over 40 different colors.

Ready to learn more about artificial stone for your Twin Cities home project? For free literature, or to speak with a sales representative, call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657. You may also contact us to get a free estimate or stone sample.

What is Cultured Stone?

You may have asked yourself this very question. Well, Cascade Stone is here to answer all of your cultured stone inquiries! There are so many advantages of using cultured stone at your Minneapolis home. Not only is it beautiful and authentic looking, possibly raising the perceived value of your home, but it is also a more cost-effective alternative to natural stone. Here are a few more facts about cultured stone to help you the next time you are renovating the exterior of your home or when building a new home.

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Cultured Stone Makeup
Typically, cultured stone is concrete, molded into many different shapes. Then, with Cascade Stone’s innovative process, we blend colors into the stones using permanent oxides and natural pigments. The colors are integral to each stone, and are not simply a surface tint like with other companies. We create various, beautiful hues in order to achieve the most natural look possible. Great care goes into each of our molds and dyes to ensure high-quality stone fabrications that accurately reflect nature’s beauty. Our cultured stone comes so close to natural stone in appearance and breathtaking beauty, you’ve got to see them to believe them!

Selection of Style
Our homes express our unique families and ourselves. They not only provide us with shelter, but many memories are shared with family, friends and neighbors there. So, why not transform your home into a tangible expression of your own personal style and values? Cultured stones can range in appearance from slate or granite to limestone or marble, with so many different styles to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect look to complement to your unique home and design vision. We offer over 10 different styles and over 40 different colors, just take a look at a few of our favorites and find your favorite:

Fieldstone

Pre-fit

Ledge Stone

Split Fieldstone

Castle Rock

Accessories
These are the accents that give the finishing touches to your cultured stone home. Our accessories such as keystones, cap stones, corner stones and sill stones are created with the same skill, care and attention to detail as all of our other cultured stone. We have several varieties of pieces to choose from, allowing us to accommodate custom requests for the home and office.

Durability
Our comprehensive 50 year warrantee on all of our products shows we stand by our cultured stone, it’s truly beauty that’s built to last! And, cultured stone is virtually maintenance-free. It requires only occasional washing to remove dirt and dust.

Interested in learning more about cultured stone for your Minneapolis home? For free literature, or to speak with a sales representative, call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657. You may also Contact Us to get a free estimate or stone sample.

For Home and Hearth Stones

If you are hoping to build a new home or just upgrade the aesthetic appeal of your existing home, you will be faced with a choice regarding siding, or what you want the exterior to look like. One of the most widely utilized selections are hearth stones. Minnesota homeowners and builders are seeing firsthand that the hearth stones are resilient and affordable, as well as pleasing to the eye. If you are thinking about adding hearth stones to your home for the fireplace or as an exterior finish, here are a few things you should know about manufactured hearth stones over hearth stones as pried from the earth.

The first thing you should understand is the difference between hearth stone veneer and genuine hearth stones. The main difference is that with real stones, scarcity and realism end up jacking up your cost. Being that natural stone is quarried, much in the way of labor has been conducted in name of stones with that hearth stone look. The fact that in a real stone scenario you are also dealing with something of a natural resource that will dwindle percentage-wise with your purchase, cost also increases. The manufactured nature of hearth stone veneer keeps the cost way lower while providing the exact same in regards to look.

One of the many perks of manufactured hearth stones is that it can be applied to your greater fireplace area, giving that homey feel without the heft in cost. Hearth stones are well placed around the outside of the hearth and mantle area. Without going up and touching the hearth stones, one would have a hard time telling the difference between that and the real thing.

With its great looks and easy installation, manufactured hearth stones can aid in the insulation of your home. Once the exterior walls are up and covered in sheathing, insulation is typically applied before the hearth stones are placed. For those concerned about mold and mildew problems, hearth stones help eliminate moisture from your home.

A great aspect of manufactured hearth stones is that it can be installed at a later date. It does not have to be installed during the initial construction process. If you are building a house, you can decide at a later date to have hearth stones placed on the exterior.

Would you like more information about manufactured hearth stones in Minnesota? Call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate or Stone Sample.

 

The Sheer Veneer of Manufactured Stone

Over the eons of human history, dwellings have been made of and/or coated exteriorly by all sorts of different materials. Natural stone has been a popular choice due largely to its strength, but also its aesthetic value. Pricey in nature, actual full-fledged stone use in construction and exterior decor has waned in recent eras. The cost and availability of manufactured materials like concrete, made stone almost obsolete in home building. The prettiness of stone, as applied in “siding” on houses, created the need for a cheaper alternative that gives off that same look and thus we have manufactured stone for Minneapolis home buyers and owners.

Manufactured stone is known by many names, among them stone veneer, manufactured veneer, faux stone, lick and stick stone, etc. Manufactured stone is made of a molded concrete mix and ultimately can be “dyed” or painted any color, to mimic the look of any real stone.

Manufactured stone is thus substantially lighter than their natural counterparts making installation a breeze. Less weight equals less cost as weight support is much less of an issue for manufactured stone than natural stone. The weight is carried by the framing of the building in question, not the foundation. This makes remodeling easier in all aspects.

The installation process itself is close to that of applying stucco—a sticky base is applied, manufactured stone is fit in. The stucco application similarities require only an extra step for exterior applications of manufactured stone: a weather resistant barrier consisting of wire mesh, coat of mortar, mortar applied to back of stones and they are then placed on the wall.

Cascade Stone has been working in the manufactured stone installation industry for many years. Our process involves blending colors into the stones utilizing natural pigments and permanent oxides.  The colors implemented become part of the manufactured stone as a result and are not mere surface tints. Our veneers can be installed onto any sound interior or exterior surface using regular mortar and are flameproof.

Cascade Stone manufactures stones that can be installed one of three ways; grouted, dry stacked or both. Check with Cascade Stone at the time of purchase for installation instructions that correspond with the type of stone you have selected.

Interested in learning more about manufactured stone for your Minneapolis home? For free literature, or the opportunity to speak with a sales representative, call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657. You may also contact us to get a free estimate or stone sample.

Information on Stone Veneer

Siding as we have known it (usually of the aluminum or synthetic variety), on today’s newly built home no longer has to be drab, standard or cookie cutter. Many options exist, but an exciting new phenomenon has burst on to the scene to spice up a house’s exterior—stone veneer siding.

In comparing the cost of using real stone over stone veneer, the difference can be staggering. Natural stone occurs in a wide variety on the Earth—it’s availability for home decoration is another matter. The stone look you are seeking may come from stones not native to the St Paul area—creating a need to have them shipped. Rock and stone being heavy, shipping costs alone can be overwhelming.

Choosing manufactured stone veneer is another way to ensure the specific stone look you seek. Not to mention ease of application. Stone veneer is applied in one of three ways: dry stacked, grouted or a combination of the two. Basically, a ½ inch of mortar is applied to the back of any individual stone and is subsequently placed on the wall with back and forth movement.

The manufactured stone veneer can be made virtually any color within the eye’s visible palette. The stones are colored using permanent oxides and natural pigments.

Types of stone veneer offered by Cascade Stone: Fieldstone, Split Fieldstone, Ledge Stone, Weathered Edge, Trap Rock, Limestone, Pre-Fit, Split Face, Castle Rock, Bricks, Stone Combinations and Hearth Stones.

Stone veneer can be applied on more than just a home’s exterior. Inside the house, fireplaces, outdoor decorations, retaining walls—anything you can think of.

Consider stone veneer for your St Paul home. It is far more attractive than standard issue siding. Finally, it is difficult for most people to tell the difference between natural stone and stone veneer. You can get the same lovely and classic look of stone without the lofty price. Whether you are building a new home or upgrading the look of your existing home’s exterior, consider stone veneer from Cascade Stone.

Interested in learning more about stone veneer for your St Paul home? For free literature, or the opportunity to speak with a sales representative, call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657. You may also contact us to get a free Estimate or Stone Sample.

FAQs about Artificial Stone

Are you thinking about artificial stone for your Minneapolis house or business? There are plenty of great reasons to choose it! Cascade Stone specializes in making several different types of faux and artificial stone. Over our years in business, we’ve been asked many different questions about artificial stone and its benefits. Here are a few of the questions we hear the most and our most common answers to them.

Q: What are some of the types of artificial stone that you offer?

A: There is a wide variety of artificial stone on the market today, and we here at Cascade Stone offer several different types. Castle rock, fieldstone, brick, hearth stone, split face, trap rock and ledgestone are just a few examples of the types of artificial stone that we have for sale.

Q: How easy is artificial stone to install? Do I need any special tools or equipment?

A: Artificial stone is very easy to install. You do not need a lot of extra tools to properly install our artificial stone either. We will give you detailed instructions on how to correctly install your new stone after you purchase the stone from us.

Q: Can anyone tell the difference between artificial stone and the real thing?

A: To the naked eye, there is no difference between artificial stone and natural stone. Thanks to the way we manufacture our stone, it looks exactly like the real thing.

Q: Why is artificial stone a better choice than natural stone?

A: There are a few reasons for this. For one thing, artificial stone is more cost-effective than natural stone, which makes it fit well into just about any type of commercial or residential improvement project or new construction project. For another thing, your options are usually limited when it comes to natural stone. For example, if you really want a certain type of fieldstone but the closest place they make it is somewhere 500 miles away, you will also have to pay to have it shipped to your location. Stone is heavy, so shipping fees will probably be quite expensive! But thanks to how lightweight artificial stone is, it is easy to find and ship just about anywhere in this area and beyond.

Are you interested in learning more about artificial stone in Minneapolis? Call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate or Stone Sample.

Important Information about Brick Veneer

brick veneer twin cities cascade stoneWhen you are building a new house, one of the first decisions you might have to make is what you want the exterior to look like. One of the most popular choices is brick veneer. Twin Cities homeowners and builders are coming to realize more and more that brick veneer is both durable, budget-friendly and lovely to look at. If you are looking into brick veneer for your house, here are a few things you should know about solid brick vs brick veneer.

The first thing you should understand is the difference between brick and brick veneer. The main difference is that with solid brick masonry, the brick is what holds up the house. With brick veneer the opposite holds true: it is attached to the exterior walls of the house so the house is what is holding up the brick veneer.

One of the many perks of brick veneer, besides its looks and how easy it is to install, is that it can help insulate your house. After the exterior walls are built and covered with the sheathing, they are usually then insulated before the brick veneer is installed. Brick veneer also helps keep moisture out of a house, which is great news for those concerned about mold and mildew problems.

One of the best parts about brick veneer is that it can be installed at a later date. You do not have to have it installed during the initial construction process. So if you have your house built and then you can decide at a later date to have brick veneer put on the exterior walls, it is easy to make this happen.

Brick veneer is generally more affordable than solid brick, so it is a great choice for those who have a strict budget. It is also great for builders since it only requires a simple foundation and support system. Brick veneer is also long-lasting and fireproof so it should last you for many years to come.

Finally, it is difficult for most people to tell the difference between solid brick and brick veneer. You can get the same lovely and classic look of brick without the sometimes hefty price tag associated with it.

Would you like more information about brick veneer in the Twin Cities or any of the surrounding areas? Call Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate or Stone Sample.

The Benefits of Manufactured Stone

manufactured stone minnesota cascade stoneThere are many different advantages of using manufactured stone at your Minnesota home. Not only is it lovely and authentic looking, but it is also a more cost-effective alternative to natural stone. Here are a few other reasons to consider manufactured stone the next time you are renovating the exterior of your home or building a new home.

Aesthetics and Beauty

Manufactured stone is as beautiful as natural stone. You can get manufactured stone that looks like castle rock, fieldstone, brick, ledge stone, split fieldstone and more. It comes in a wide assortment of selections, so it is always easy to find the exact look you want. It is authentic looking, and it will be difficult for anyone to tell that it is manufactured stone.

Affordable and Easy to Install

A more cost-effective stone than natural stone, manufactured stone is both affordable and quite easy to install. Manufactured stone is much lighter than natural stone. All that is required to install it is a structurally sound wall and a specific type of mortar. There is no need to stack heavy stones on top of one another like you have to with natural stone! Thanks to this and the way it is made, manufactured stone is affordable and a great choice to suit just about anyone’s budget.

Great Selection

With natural stone, you are sometimes limited with your selection depending on where your house is located. Shipping natural stone can be incredibly expensive, which just adds to the overall cost of your home improvement or home building project. But manufactured stone is not limited by geography. You can get the look of just about any stone, but you will not have to worry about expensive shipping costs like you would with natural stone. Homeowners, builders and architects can select a great looking stone that will complement the look of the house without needing to be concerned about whether or not that stone is available in their specific location.

These are just a few reasons you should consider manufactured stone for a home renovation project or if you are having a new house built. Contact us today, and we will gladly tell you even more! We can also answer any questions you have as well.

Are you interested in learning more about manufactured stone in Minnesota? Call us at Cascade Stone at 651-774-9657, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Cascade Stone’s new website! If you have been here before, then you definitely noticed some big changes to our site. We redesigned it to make getting the information you need easier. Plus, we added some more photos to highlight the work we have done for other clients.

You can also find more information on the stones and other accessories we use in the work we do. You can even click on the Literature link across the top navigation bar, and you will be taken to a page where you can order one of our catalogs. That way, you can see our full product line and get even more information about us, the work we do and our company.

Getting more details about our installation process is easier too. You can click on the Our Process link, and you can learn about how we install our veneers and stones.

For more information on Cascade Stone and all that we do, browse through our new website, call us at 651-774-9657 or contact us and get a free estimate.