Technology and design intersect to provide durable but beautiful manmade stone

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That beautiful home on the next block over with that beautiful stone entryway? Manufactured stone veneer. That amazing stone fireplace nestled in that amazing patio pictured on your favorite home design website? Manufactured stone veneer.

In many ways, manufactured stone veneer is exactly what it sounds like: Portland cement and aggregates mixed with oxides for color, and poured into molds to create pieces that look like real stones but are easier to set into a wall because they have flat backs.

Of course, the word “veneer” can be tricky. It often brings to mind furniture covered with a laminated “wood-grained” plastic or an ultra-white layer that can be added over teeth. But in this case, “veneer” is used in its most basic sense, to mean a decorative covering.

Highly Functional, Attractive Building Material

And decorative hardly begins to describe some of the amazing ways homeowners use manufactured stone. Aside from entryways, patios and home facades, they’re also using the stone veneers to enhance:
  • Gazebos
  • Gathering areas
  • Sheds and outbuildings
  • Outdoor water features
  • Grilling pavilions
  • Accent fencing to match the home’s exterior

Stone veneer is also finding its way indoors to produce stunning focal points like a master bath garden tub, a kitchen island or a living room fireplace.

Benefits of Using Manufactured Stone

But its decorative value is just one of the many benefits of manufactured stone veneer. Others include:

Consistency of color – It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find enough natural stones of the same color to complete a project. Just the time to look for and gather natural stones makes the process impractical.On the other hand, ProVia manufactured stone veneer is available in many color palettes to match any décor.

Consistency of profile – Finding enough nature-made stones with matching or complementary shapes or profiles, and then cutting and shaping those pieces to your stone project's needs can be insurmountable challenges. Manufactured stone, however, is engineered to provide a cohesive, pleasing profile across all types of wall patterns.

Ease of installation – The time, skill and equipment needed to prepare and mortar natural stones in place is an obvious drawback. But natural stones also present a building challenge when smaller pieces need cut and shaped to complete the edge of a wall. Those instances require modifying individual stones to the right size, a time-consuming task. But ProVia manufactured stone veneer is designed specifically for ease of installation.

Durability – Natural rocks can chip or crumble, but ProVia’s manufactured stone is so strong and durable that it comes with an industry exclusive lifetime limited warranty: pieces will be replaced at full, rather than a pro-rated, value for the original homeowner. The next person to own the home enjoys a 50-year limited warranty.

High ROI – In Remodeling magazine’s most recent cost vs. value report, manufactured stone was ranked No. 2 for cost recouped for mid-range projects, coming in at 97.1%.

An Investment in Curb Appeal

As homeowners invest more in their homes, that ROI is an increasingly important consideration when they opt for stone veneer. But, in the end, the deciding factor can be summed up in two words: curb appeal.

The wide range of available colors and profiles allows homeowners to customize the look and feel of their home’s exterior and interior as a form of self-expression, the chance to exhibit their unique, individual style. And with ProVia’s manufactured stone veneer, that’s a style that will stand the test of time.

Finding the Right Manufactured Stone for Your Home

With 11 color palettes and eight stone profiles to choose from, ProVia offers a great range of stone veneer to compliment any interior or exterior home décor.

For starter ideas, peruse our ProVia Designer Collections flipbook, which spotlights the amazing effects other homeowners have created using stone veneers.

To find the right look for your home, check out our online Visualizer, where you can see how our manufactured stone veneer dovetails with different home styles. You can also upload an image of your own home for a more realistic personalized experience.

Also, be sure to stop in and visit with an authorized ProVia distributor in your area. These experts can show you actual samples of different stone veneers and provide useful advice on the best way to use manufactured stone around your home.