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About Veneer Stone

Natural Stone has been the building stone of choice for centuries. For places of importance, significant public works, buildings and homes, natural stone is the material of choice. Today, Natural Stone remains a popular building veneer and interior finish. Modern quarrying techniques continue to improve the affordability of stone while at the same time introducing a wider variety of stone types to our market.
Veneer Stone forms the visible exterior of walls in homes and buildings, as well as fireplaces, garden walls and piers. In its earliest form,the walls for a structure were built by dry fitting or laying one stone across the joint of two stones, course after course. Once the stone was properly positioned, it’s there for centuries. Today, Veneer Stone often covers concrete block wall, and has gaps between the stones filled with mortar. Properly chosen and installed, it will be pleasing and permanent.
The products featured in the right column of this page are just a few of the more popular veneer stones available in our region, but not limited to. Mother Nature often changes the inventory available. Many of the veneer products can also be blended together for a totally unique application and appearance.

Types of Veneer Stone

The individual Veneer Stones offered by Lang Stone are organized within these categories.
Split Veneer: The classic building stone, Split Veneer is stone that has been sorted from the quarry, and mechanically split or shaped within a range of size preferred for masonry walls. Depth is typically 3"-6", height is determined by the natural bed seam in the quarry, and length will vary. This allows a skilled installer many options.
Natural Thin Veneer: Real stone, but the back has been sawn off to reduce weight and ease installation. Though more expensive than a split veneer, Natural Thin Veneer is easier to install, and is an excellent choice for covering an existing structure where adding a supporting foundation is cost prohibitive.
Split Faced Veneer: Stone is sawn on the beds to specific heights & lengths, and the face is split on a mechanical splitter or by hand providing a natural quarry texture. This can result in a more formal look.
Random Veneer Stones: This is more of a catchall category that includes stone that is sorted but not mechanically split such as Webb Wall or Top Rock,granite boulders, and split granite boulders. Stone from this category usually results in a more rustic look.

Why Choose Stone

We at Lang feel passionately about Stone as the preferred building material. Stone offers a timeless, classic, permanent look and feel to any structure. Stone is weatherproof, and actually improves with age. It is insect-proof, highly resistant to wear; nearly maintenance free, and long lived. It offers a wide range of design choices from formal to rustic, and signifies good taste. It is quietly elegant, looks expensive, and is highly valued.
As Charles McRaven, a college professor turned stone mason and author, says in his book, Stonework Techniques and Projects: "In this age of throwaways, stone is psychologically appealing; it represents strength, stability and permanence. It provides a sense of shelter and security and blessed simplicity when we're tired of flimsiness and confusion."
Properly installed stone will add value to your home. Here is a general example. A 2,000 square foot home has about 1,300 square feet of stone. At $30 per square foot installed, that's $39,000 cost. Another exterior siding may cost as much as $25,000 less. However, the home may be worth $100,000 to $150,000 more since it is stone.

Importance of Proper Installation

We believe masonry is both an art and a craft. A talented stonemason can do amazing and creative things with good stone. The more you understand the difference between good and poor stonework, the more you will appreciate and value a skilled mason. We think good stonework includes a pleasing laying pattern (even a random pattern should have a continuity), small joints, and the right stone in the right place. Stone should not look as though it is floating in a sea of mortar. Keep in mind the mortar application and color may also affect the appearance of the stone and ultimately the installation. Check the pictures of stone homes in the Design Gallery of our web site www.langstone.com, and drive around the classic inner suburbs of Columbus, Ohio or view stone homes in your area.
Ultimately, the final look of the stonework you have commissioned will depend on the craftsmanship of the masonry contractor that does the installation. We would be pleased to recommend the skilled masons we work with on a regular basis.

Laying Patterns & Joint Treatment

There are a variety of laying patterns and joint treatments. We have put together a series of pictures that shows the wide range of looks that can be created. Feel free to use these pictures to show your mason the look you desire.


VENEER STONE

• Split Veneer

• Natural Thin Veneer

• Random Veneer

• Veneer Installation

• Laying Patterns

• Joint Treatments

• Architectural Details




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