Stone surfaces aren’t what they used to be, and that can be a good thing. Named for the origin of their materials, fieldstone walls are a marvel. Constructed without mortar, stone setters would choose each stone carefully for its shape, then fit it in snugly with the others. The better the spatial expertise, the stronger the stone wall. Indeed, many of the masons left such well-crafted structures that these walls still stand today. Many of the stone surfaces we see today try to capture this history of graceful strength and resourcefulness of early American life. The toll on the environment and the human effort required can lead to pricing that is enough to discourage the conscientious homeowner away from natural stone. Fortunately, stone surface technology exists that replaces and improves upon the old ways.
Cast Veneer Stone (CVS) is one such advancement. CVS, a man-made product, so closely represents natural stone that even a trained eye would have difficulty discerning the difference. These and other traditional stone surfaces like brick can be recreated at a fraction of the cost of quarried stone. Cast stone veneers are made, simply, by pouring concrete into molds. Varied earth hues that complement the environment are what set cast veneer stone apart from the rest. CVS looks like stone because it is manufactured from stone, and the molds are made using actual pieces of natural stone. Lighter, thinner and mortar-friendly CVS is much easier to install than their quarried counterparts, which saves hours of labor costs.