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What is Manufactured Stone?


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Home remodelers recommend the use of manufactured stone for home exterior and interior decorative wall coverings and other residential uses because it's very difficult to find enough natural stones with the same shapes and colors needed to create the desired application. Manufactured stone is produced to look and feel like natural stone while providing the convenience of standardized sizes and shapes so that installers can easily create a beautiful and natural-looking pattern. Learn more about manufactured stone at

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What is Manufactured Stone?

  2. 2. WHAT IS MANUFACTURED STONE? You’ve seen and admired manufactured stone veneer, even if you haven’t realized it. That beautiful home on the next block over with the beautiful stone entryway? That’s manufactured stone. That amazing stone fireplace nestled in the amazing patio pictured on your favorite home design website? Manufactured stone.
  3. 3. BASIC DEFINITION In many ways, manufactured stone is exactly what it sounds like: Portland cement, mixed with oxides for color, and poured into molds to create pieces that look like real stones, but easier to set into a wall because they have flat backs. Of course, that word “veneer” can be tricky. It often brings to mind cheap furniture covered in fake “wood-grained” plastic or ultra-white teeth in a fake smile. But in this case, “veneer” is used in its most basic sense, to mean a decorative covering.
  4. 4. USES FOR MANUFACTURED STONE Homeowners use manufactured stone in amazing ways, including: • Entryways, patios and home facades • Gazebos, sheds and outbuildings • Gathering areas • Outdoor water features • Grilling pavilions • Accent fencing to match the home’s exterior • Interior elements like fireplaces, kitchen islands and master baths
  5. 5. BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED STONE 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. Manufactured stone, on the other hand, can be designed and manufactured in specific color groups to match any décor.
  6. 6. BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED STONE Consistency of Profile Finding enough stones with matching or complementary shapes or profiles can also be an insurmountable challenge. Manufactured stone, however, is engineered to provide a cohesive, pleasing profile across all types of wall patterns.
  7. 7. BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED STONE Ease of Installation The time and skill needed to mortar natural stones in place is an obvious drawback. But natural stones also present a building challenge when smaller pieces are needed to complete the edge of a wall. Those instances require modifying individual stones to the right size, a time-consuming task. But manufactured stone is designed specifically for ease of installation – you never need an odd piece to finish off a wall.
  8. 8. BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED STONE Durability Natural rocks can chip or crumble, but ProVia’s manufactured stone is so strong and durable that it comes with a 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.
  9. 9. BENEFITS OF MANUFACTURED STONE 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%. 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.
  10. 10. 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 manufactured stone veneer, that’s a style that will stand the test of time. Wondering how your home would look with manufactured stone? Use our Visualizer online design tool to find out.