Thin stone veneer can be seen as part of the Roman Coliseum, the Segovia aqueduct in Spain, and many buildings in the Roman Empire. That stone veneer has changed much and has become a common feature of many landscapes. Additionally, it has become thinner, thus the name “thin stone veneer.” If you have been in New England, many of the homes use thin stone veneer.
Today, stone veneer is used as a protective and decorative covering for any exterior or interior wall or surface. The stone is usually one inch thick and weighs less than fifteen pounds per square foot. This makes it a great landscaping feature since additional structural supports are not needed to compensate for the weight. With technology, we can now cut natural stone into thin stone veneer if a person wants natural stone instead of manufactured stone veneer.
There are many advantages to using thin stone veneer in landscaping:
- Can handle a freeze/thaw cycle which is important in most states, even the southern states experience an occasional freeze
- There are a variety of shapes and textures to choose from so you can choose the best type for your existing landscape
- Thin stone veneer is considered very durable which means less maintenance and replacement costs
- Low maintenance means you have more time free for those BBQs
- There isn’t a pattern which adds to the beauty of landscaping
- Available in limestone, granite, bluestone, sandstone, mica, etc. which gives you a great variety
- Can be applied directly over existing brick or any other rigid structure