About Cultured Stone Work:
Cultured stone is a manufactured concrete stone product produced to simulate the look and feel of natural stone. Because it is manufactured using various concrete blends, aggregates, and molds, it’s available in wide variety of colors, sizes and textures. Cultured stones can be mixed and matched to create unique stone work designs.
Typically used as a veneer (cut flat on the back side for consistent installation and appearance), it can be used for both interior projects such as fireplaces or wine cellars, or for outside projects such as step risers, porches or accent walls.
Cultured Stone Work Construction:
Cultured stone can be used on a variety of masonry projects in place of natural stone, brick or granite.
On interior projects where cultured stone will be laid over drywall, the surface is prepped with wire mesh and mortar to provide a suitable mounting surface. On block or brick, a healthy layer of mortar is used to add the layer of cut veneer stone directly to the surface. Interior cultured stone projects can have a dry stack look or a mortared look depending on your preference.
When cultured stone is used for exterior projects, a more weather resistant site preparation and construction method is used. Surfaces are first prepared with a tyvek vapor barrier and then wire mesh and mortar are used to lay the cultured stone to the surface. As an added measure against weather and moisture, joints are fully mortared.
Types of Cultured Stone Masonry Work:
- Accent Walls
- Fireplace Facades
- Step Risers
Types of Cultured Stone: