Stone or brick veneer – which should you choose? This has been a question plaguing home builders and renovators for ages. These being the two most popular options many people have a hard time choosing between the two for their home cladding, fireplace, wainscot, and other architectural details. We’re going to outline the pros and cons of each to help you make a more informed choice.
If you’re thinking of veneer
- It can go over almost any surface.
- It comes in a vast range of styles and designs to suite almost any look.
- Stone veneer is far more flexible of a product than natural stone and can be designed or cut into almost any shape.
- It’s a lighter weight product which means it’s easier to transport and easier to install
- Veneer is a more cost effective product because it is lighter weight
- Veneer is a manufactured stone that is still strong, resilient and heat resistant
- Manufactured veneer stone is too weak to be used structurally for building purposes. Veneer stone can hold up its own weight, but it cannot carry additional weight.
- Veneer stone’s colors can fade over time.
If you’re thinking of natural stone
- A durable long lasting material
- Weather proof and holds up great in areas with frost
- Wide selection of styles, sizes and looks to fit your needs
- Highly fire resistant
- Holds colour well and not prone to fading
- Can be used structurally to support weight
- More difficult to cut
- Heavier to move and install
Deciding between the two types of stone ultimately depends on the type of installation and the final look you want to achieve. If you’re still unsure of which to go with, you can talk to one of our in-store experts.