Cultured stone is a crucial feature to many home-renovation projects. Cultured stone presents a number of key benefits to homeowners (as we’ll explore further below), and it is a very popular material in modern home masonry. However, as with any product, it’s important to use cultured stone in the right way, in the right settings, and for the right reasons. If you’ve been considering a cultured stone installation, then make sure to read this blog first to ensure that you get all the info you need about this unique material: 

Cultured Stone vs Natural Stone

As opposed to natural stone, cultured stone is a manufactured product. Specifically, professionals create cultured stone by pouring concrete mixes into molds to mimic the appearance and feel of real stone. It’s worth noting here that there is no substitute for genuine stone. Upon close inspection, it’s possible to tell the difference between cultured stone and actual stone. Homeowners who are adamant about using real stone probably shouldn’t use cultured stone.

On the other hand, cultured stone presents a number of key advantages over natural stone, including: 

  • Greater selection. Natural stone choices are often restricted by region, and since natural stone is a man-made product, it can be altered more easily. 
  • Lighter. Cultured stone is lighter than natural stone and thus places less pressure on a home’s foundation. This, in turn, also makes cultured stone more versatile. 
  • Cheaper. In almost all instances, cultured stone is cheaper than natural stone. 

Cultured Stone Exteriors & Interiors

Over the years, homeowners have used cultured stone in a variety of ways. And, because cultured stone is such a flexible product, it’s suited for use both indoors and outdoors. In terms of cultured stone exteriors, remember that some compositions of cultured stone may be more susceptible to 1) water damage and 2) fading from exposure to sunlight than other materials. So homeowners who opt for a cultured stone exterior may need to focus on upkeep more than homeowners who use cultured stone for interior walls. On the plus side, when taken care of properly, cultured stone walls can last for 50 years without noticeable problems. 

Choosing an Installation Company

Cultured stone may be a relatively simple product to work with, but that doesn’t mean that homeowners can afford to hire just any company to install it. Indeed, it’s important for homeowners to partner with a masonry company that is capable of all of the following: 

  • Providing a wide array of cultured stone products with different looks and in different price ranges. 
  • Installing the stone quickly, effectively, and accurately to prevent any structural or aesthetic issues from occurring. 
  • Integrating cultured stone fixtures within a home renovation project. 
  • Following up with regular inspections and maintenance for all masonry materials. 

By picking the right masonry company now, you’ll likely save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress later.

Contact Us

At Brickworks, we’re not just experts in cultured stone. In fact, we’re comfortable taking on all sorts of home-masonry projects. Our team has years of experience in the field, and we’ll work closely with you to ensure your next home-improvement project comes off perfectly. Contact us here to get started!