What are the Differences in Using Stone Veneer Compared to Regular Stone?

Stone veneers are of two types: natural and manufactured. It is important to understand the differences in the two materials so that you can make the right choice for your project. Veneers are one of the hottest products on the home d├ęcor market today. Variety of colours, shapes and textures enable flexibility of design. They can be used in many areas both inside and outside your home. Architects, builders and property owners across Ontario are using them to add visual appeal and increase real estate value.


We have provided a basic overview of the two materials to help you make an informed decision and ensure the success of your renovation or new installation project.

What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?

Most manufactured stone veneers are made from Portland cement and have iron oxides for pigmentation. They look exactly like natural stone but come at a fraction of the cost, which is one of the main reasons for their rising popularity. The concrete accounts for the lighter weight.

What is Natural Stone Veneer?

Natural stone veneers are made from real stones that have been harvested in quarries. They are processed in a manufacturing facility into thinner tile-like structures of varying shapes, sizes and textures. Naturally, they cost more than manufactured stone veneers but are less expensive than full stone.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Vs.

Natural Stone Veneer

  • Relatively light
  • Heavier
  • Less expensive
  • Costs a little more than the manufactured product
  • Looks great with minimal maintenance
  • Might need to be sealed
  • Wide selection of colours
  • Moderate selection
  • Low installation cost
  • More expensive to install

Can you install manufactured stone veneers yourself? It really depends on your DIY capabilities and whether or not you have the right tools. Also remember that interior and exterior applications differ. In fact, the installation procedures vary even for the different areas within your home; for example, installation for a fireplace is different from a shower stall.

To learn more about your choices or installation recommendations,call Platinum Stone Veneer (416) 731-8600 or request an estimate online.

You can also visit our store to see these beautiful stone veneers and talk to our team.

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