Including natural stone on your home’s exterior renovation or new home is a smart investment. Not only will it look stunning, but it will also add value to your property and can recuperate most of its cost at resale. In fact, the 2020 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine states that installing stone veneer cladding has a 95.6% return on investment.
When it comes to stone veneer, you have two options: natural stone thin veneer and natural stone full bed veneer. Legend Stoneworks in Vancouver shares the difference between the two:
Natural Stone Thin Veneer
Natural stone thin veneer is much thinner and lighter than a full bed veneer. It’s usually under 1.25″ thick and is lightweight, which makes it easier to install as no special footings are required. Because it’s lighter and easier to install, it is less expensive too. It is still 100% real stone, so by choosing this option you are not compromising quality. It will also look exactly the same as a full bed natural stone veneer, offering the natural look you desire.
The thin-cut stones can be mortared to either concrete or wood. Thin natural stone veneer is also a great choice for interior applications like backsplashes, fireplaces and feature walls.
Natural Stone Full Bed Veneer
Natural stone full bed veneer is the real deal, with the stone profile being 3.5” thick or thicker. It’s the heaviest stone veneer, and so requires ledge footing and extra supports when it’s installed. Because it’s so heavy, wall ties are needed to ensure it’s secure. It’s more time consuming to work with because the masonry contractor must hand-chip each stone to install it properly. The cost of the product itself is usually cheaper than a thin natural stone veneer, but because of the labour intensive and time-consuming installation, it’s still more expensive in the end.
The full bed stone veneer looks fantastic. It will also provide a durable, long-lasting cladding that will protect your home and look great for decades.
Which is best for your home?
Both options will give you a natural, attractive exterior. Once installed, they will both give the same look. There is no difference in the level of protection either option will provide your home, either. The best thing to do is to speak with Legend Stoneworks about your specific project. They will be able to determine which cladding will best suit your needs and your budget for your exterior project.
Mason Contractors in Vancouver
Legend Stoneworks are leaders in providing superior masonry services throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Vancouver. They can help you plan and execute a masonry project that will exceed your expectations. If you have any questions about products and installation or would like to get started on a renovation, check out Legend Stoneworks.