Which type of stone is best for your outdoor living space?

Typically, when a homeowner is thinking about enhancing their outdoor living space, they begin to look at other homes see what others have done and what types of materials, landscaping, and hardscaping they’ve installed. At some point, their eyes will focus on the stone.

This happens for a couple of reasons. First, stone is a natural complement to any landscaping or hardscape structures. But even more so, in recent years, stone has become an extremely popular landscape element, Stone is being incorporated into a variety of landscaping designs in a variety of creative and functional ways.

However, to save money, many homeowners are shifting to using stone veneer in order to cast the appearance of the incorporating of stone. And while this can be done, you should understand the differences and implications when choosing a stone veneer in lieu of natural stone.

Here are the main differences between stone veneer and natural stone.

Natural stone is self-explanatory as far as what it is. It’s stone that has been quarried and cut into various sizes and lengths. Available in a vast array of colors, natural stone can be coordinated to blend in or complement existing hardscaping and landscaping.

Natural stone is substantive; it’s heavy. But this is the feature that lends it its durability and makes it very functional for use in your landscape. This durability is best measured by the way it can stand up against the harshest of weather conditions, especially during the winter months.

But weather conditions aren’t the only challenges natural stone can face up to. Natural stone will also hold it’s won against heavy foot traffic and activity, water splashing from ponds or other water features, and the removal of snow. It’s natural so it’s accustomed to the demands of nature, including human nature.

The most important thing to keep in mind when incorporating natural stone into your landscaping is that you rely on the expertise of a professional mason. Professionals know how to stack the stone to create the landscape feature this is most attractive as well as durable.

It’s recommended to use natural stone for landscaping because the installation is sold, especially if you’re using it in conjunction with retaining walls, garden beds that are raised and various types of water features. Also, because of its ability to withstand water, it’s best for around a swimming pool or nay moving water. t

Stone veneer is fairly new. Crafted from concrete that’s in squares, stone veneer looks like blocks of stacked stone but it’s actually only one piece of concrete with a thickness of only a few inches. The average eye usually can’t immediately see the difference between a stone veneer and natural stone. Since it also is available in an array of textures and colors, it also can blend in. complement or be coordinated with your existing landscape and hardscape structures.  But you will need some form of a concrete wall or a wooden box to create a base structure for it.

Stone veneer is not as costly or as heavy as natural stone, so it has great appeal. But it’s not recommended for applying to landscape, or water features. Stone veneer will eventually chip away, usually in just a few years. So, the money and labor you save upfront will likely cost you in the long run.

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