When you look at stone exteriors of homes and buildings, you might think that they look quite traditional. But just how far back does stone veneer date, and how has it changed over the years?
An Overview Of Stone Veneer
Stone veneer, or stone siding, today is used as a decorative exterior option for homes and architecture, but at one point it was used more as a protective barrier from the elements and other enemies. There are two types of stone veneer: natural and manufactured. Natural stone veneer is cut to a certain thickness and affixed to a wall or structure. In general, this stone must not weigh more than 15 pounds per square foot. If it exceeds this weight, then extra structural supports will need to be installed. Manufactured stone veneer is created to look like natural stone but is a much cheaper option, as well as easier to install. However, while natural stone is one of the most durable exteriors available, manufactured stone can fade and crack.
enVision Stone: The New Standard In Manufactured Stone
We have been developing our stone veneer spray for years to ensure that it can withstand the test of time just like real stonework. We’ve done this by creating our veneer from real stone – meaning it is as strong as stone, but lightweight and less expensive. This means you save time and money when you install enVision real stone veneer.
Okay, now that you know a little more about stone veneer in general, let’s discuss the history of its use in design and construction.
The use of stone veneer wasn’t prominent until the late 1800s, but there are ruins from as early at 70 AD that suggest the use of stone veneer. Most notably, parts of the Roman Colosseum were adorned with marble siding, which has since been lost through time. However, there are still holes in the Colosseum from structural supports that anchored the marble veneer panels to the building. This type of veneer can be seen throughout other parts of the Roman Empire, including stone block veneer in aqueducts and other structures.
Late 19th Century
During the span of time between the Roman Empire and the late 1800s, there was not a whole lot of headway in the use of stone veneer. However, just before the turn of the 20th century, modern stone veneer siding began to emerge. Large pieces of natural stone were cut into big slabs, and then hand chiseled to the appropriate size and thickness for stone panels. These stones ranged from granite and marble to limestone and slate. Originally, this type of veneer was only used for interior projects and street-level facades.
Up until this point there wasn’t a ton of regulation regarding the thickness of the stone panels, but during this time one-and-a-half inches became standard thickness. These stone veneer panels were affixed using both mortar and steel support anchors for added stability. With this more sturdy method of application, stone veneer began to complete entire building facades.
Most of the stone veneer construction that we see today stemmed from this time period. During this time, transportation methods improved and the cost of stone veneer dropped significantly. New methods were also developed to attach veneer to new surfaces.
As technology progressed, stone veneer was able to be cut down to about ⅛ inch thick in the 1980s, but today is usually around 3 centimeters in thickness. These days, stone is becoming more popular as a “green” choice for building materials, but it is also a more expensive siding than other exterior options.
Stonework is gorgeous and desirable, but can also get expensive for a big project. That’s why enVision Stone has developed our real stone veneer spray that looks just like traditional stonework, is made from real stone, and is just as durable. However, it is lightweight and easy to apply, saving you time and money while still giving a timeless look to your home.
Save Time And Money With Envision
Our spray stone siding installation and materials will cost you about half the price of traditional masonry construction, while still being a quality product. Don’t believe that “spray on stone” can look as great as the real thing? Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Check out our photo gallery, and contact us today to learn how you can start offering enVision real stone veneer siding to your clients.