What is the difference between manufactured and natural stone?
Natural stone is made by nature and is quarried and cut into various shapes for different uses. Manufactured stone (also known as stone veneer or cultured stone) is made of a cement mixture that is poured into molds and colored to look like real stone. The popularity of manufactured stone veneers has grown exponentially in the past several years as people have realized they can achieve the look and feel of real stone at a lower cost.
How do I care my stone veneer?
Stone veneers do not need regular cleaning. If you feel like cleaning is needed, simply follow these easy steps:
- Mix one cup of mild dishwashing or laundry detergent with 3 gallons of hot, clean water. Never use muriatic acid or harsh chemicals to clean your stone veneer.
- Dip a clean cloth, sponge or soft brush into the mild soapy water and thoroughly wipe down the stone.. Do not use a wire brush.
- Rinse your stone with a low-pressure hose. Do not use a power washer. If inside, wipe the stone veneer with a clean cloth or sponge to remove any detergent.
- Let dry.
- Repeat if necessary.
Similar to natural stone, color variation and scuffing are common. To remove scuffing, use water and a soft brush following the above instructions.
How do I repairing cracks and loose mortar?
Once or twice a year, it is good to check your stonework for any signs of damage to the veneer or loose grout. If repair is needed, fill a mortar bag with vinyl-infused driveway mortar and add grout coloring to match your grout. Apply a medium tip to the bag and fill in any cracks. Wearing a latex glove, dampen your finger to smooth the grout and create a finished surface.
Do I need to put a sealer on my stone veneer?
It is not required to put a sealer on Horizon Stone; however, use of a sealant can provide an extra layer of protective layer against salt, weather, moisture, stains and potential color deterioration.
If you decide to seal your manufactured stone, it is important to use a breathable silane or siloxane-based sealant, such as those made for stained concrete. Avoid any products with acid. Before applying the sealer, test it in an inconspicuous area to see how your stone veneer responds. Certain sealers may make your stone appear wet, slightly darker and or vibrant.
Once you decide to proceed, use a paint brush to apply two coats of sealer, allowing the first to dry according to the label instructions before applying the second. Do not apply more sealer. Too much sealer can inhibit the veneer’s ability to breathe.
Can I use stone veneer inside my house?
Absolutely! Stone adds character, warmth, and interest to any room in your home. In addition to using stone veneer on your fireplace, you can install it on one or more walls, in your shower, on the back of your built-in shelves, on the face of your kitchen island, as a backsplash, and in your wine cellar. In fact, the use of stone veneer is as limitless as your imagination!