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Installation

Our stone is installed just like tile using thinset and cutting with a wet saw. It can be installed on exterior stucco surfaces, cement boards and masonry block or interior surfaces like painted drywall. Please make sure substraight is attached properly to the structure prior of installation and all instructions on using thinset have been read. It is also recommended that you check your local construction code for applicable installation information.

To achieve the best results, your installer should always examine the entire shipment that was purchased to obtain a comprehensive view of the full range of color variance. The installer will then be prepared to work to ensure an even mixture that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Our natural stone veneer has been engineered to be installed on an existing foundation without major preparation to the structure. Therefore, it could be installed with thinset and you can go for higher elevations.

  • For Ledge Stone at 8 lbs/Sq.ft you can go up to 40 feet high without mechanical attachment.
  • For 6” Split Face at 6 lbs/Sq.ft you can go up to 50 feet high without mechanical attachment.
  • For 8” Split Face at 8 lbs/Sq.ft you can go up to 40 feet high without mechanical attachment.
  • For 10” Split Face at 10 lbs/Sq.ft you can go up to 32 feet high without mechanical attachment.
  • For 12” Split Face at 12 lbs/Sq.ft you can go up to 26 feet high without mechanical attachment.

Again, it is best to to check your local construction code for applicable installation information.

After cutting a split face piece, an installer can chisel it to factory edge thickness. Simply place the stone on a flat clean surface. Using a pointy flat chisel, chisel back in 1/8” increments to achieve straight edge. You can also use a masonry hammer to break the face of the stone in 1/8” increments. This method will not give you a straight edge.

Grouting will depend on the customer’s style and the look you’re trying to achieve. Our product can be butt joined without a grout line. However, sometimes grouting is used in freezing climates to prevent the water to go behind the stone.

Sealing the stone is not necessary. However, it can be added as extra protection especially for the grout lines or to prevent damage if exposed to water regularly. Two sealants can be used – deep sealer and surface sealer. The deep sealer will not change the natural look of the stone. The surface sealer will enhance the colors of the stone and can add either a glossy or a matte finish. Wet a sample with water and this will illustrate the color after surface sealing.

All above figures can be changed depending on your jurisdictions and construction code enforcement. Check with your local structural engineer for all the specifics on your project.

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Shipping

We stock over 400,000 square feet of various colors and finishes in our warehouse. We can ship locally within the United States or worldwide as needed, using either our shipper or your own.

After placing your order, delivery time will depend on stock availability, your geographic location and the shipper (approx. 1 week or less within the United States). The stone is shipped in crates that are securely cushioned with Styrofoam. A full container has minimum of 5500 sq. feet depending on the type of finish. If you buy a full container straight from the factory, the shipping is free. If your shipment is less than a full container, shipping costs will apply depending on the weight of the stone and quantity that you order. Please see table below for specific information.

We stock over 400,000 square feet of various colors and finishes in our warehouse. We can ship locally within the United States or worldwide as needed, using either our shipper or your own.

 
BISCOTTI STONE VENEER
9 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
Large pallet: 108 SqFt / pallet (972 lbs)
60 pieces per pallet

COPING
22 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
One pallet: 92 linear feet (2,024 lbs) 2,300 SqFt
or linear feet / per container (50,600 lbs)

HONED STONE VENEER
22 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
One pallet: 92 linear feet (2,024 lbs) 2,300 SqFt
or linear feet / per container (50,600 lbs)

HONED STONE VENEER
10 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
One pallet: 240 SqFt (2,400 lbs)

LEDGE STONE HORIZONTAL CORNER
1” X 3” X 1.5” height 72 pieces / box 864 pieces / pallet

LEDGE STONE VERTICAL CORNER
2″ Sides x Random (4″-8″)    Pallet Quantity Varies

LEDGE STONE STONE VENEER
8 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
Large pallet: 216 SqFt / pallet (1,728 lbs)
Small pallet: 144 SqFt / pallet (1,152 lbs)
7,776 SqFt / container (62,208 lbs)

MOSAIC STONE VENEER
4.2 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
Large pallet: 360 SqFt / pallet (1,512 lbs) 10,800 SqFt / container (45,360 lbs)

SPLIT FACE STONE VENEER
8.5 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
Large pallet: 142 SqFt / pallet (1,207 lbs)
Small pallet: 48 SqFt / pallet (408 lbs)
5,500 SqFt / container (46,750 lbs)

STACKED RUBBLE STONE VENEER
9 pounds per square foot including pallet weight
Large pallet: 104 SqFt / pallet (936 lbs)

TUSCAN ASHLAR STONE VENEER
Large pallet: 130 SqFt / pallet (1,105 lbs)
Small pallet: 115 SqFt / pallet (977.5 lbs)

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FAQ

IS THIS LIMESTONE OR CULTURED STONE?
Our product is natural marble stone and comes in a variety of cuts, finishes and colors.
WHERE CAN THIS STONE BE USED?
Almost anywhere you can think to put it. Any exterior or interior surfaces will be enhanced with our veneer. (Interior and exterior walls, fireplaces, bathrooms, cellars, as a trim or border around windows, pool decks, water falls, etc., you be the visionary and let us create it for you)
CAN YOU USE THIS FOR FLOORING?
Yes, our Bush Hammer finish product is useable for exterior or interior flooring; i.e. patio, entryway pool deck.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING COST?
We ship all over the United States using our shipper or you can use your own. If you buy a full container straight from our factory, the shipping is free. All you pay for is the material. A full container has a minimum of about 5,000 sq. feet, depending on the type or finishes. You can mix and match colors and finishes within a container as well. If shipment is less than a full container, the customer is responsible for shipping costs. Also, for in-stock purchases, the customer is responsible for all shipping costs. .
WHAT SIZES DO YOU HAVE?
You have the option of ordering any size or design you desire, as long as it doesn’t exceed 24″ x 48″. Be creative! However, our stock in the warehouse is 6” x, 8″ x, or 12” x random length. Visit our website at www.naturalstoneveneer.com to view our in-stock availability or customize your own size pieces.
AVAILABLE COLORS?
We offer 18 colors and the 18 colors enhanced should you want a sealer (not necessary) on your stone. All colors are available in any cut and finish you desire.
HOW MUCH COLOR VARIANCE IN YOUR PRODUCT?
Our product is Natural Marble Stone, which can have a color variance of up to 40%. Your installer should always examine the entire shipment of purchased stone before installation to create the best result possible by mixing and matching colors and finishes.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY SHIPMENT AFTER PLACING MY ORDER?
If we have your product in stock at the warehouse, we guarantee that within 24 hours of order, your shipment will be on a truck from our warehouse. Please allow up to 2 weeks for actual delivery depending on your location and the shipper. Your custom order will take between two and three months because of fabrication and shipping time from the factory.
HOW IS YOUR PRODUCT PACKAGED FOR DELIVERY?
Our product is shipped in crates cushioned with Styrofoam.
HOW DO WE FINISH EXPOSED EDGE?
Our product can be finished in a number of ways. The installer can chisel off 1/8″ of the exposed edge to achieve the finished look. A customer might also want to use our stone accessories to give it that finished look. We offer a polished/honed split edge finish, a pony wall cap, a bush hammered pool coping or a wainscot cap.
DO YOU HAVE TO SEAL IT?
Sealant is not necessary for our stone. However, it can be added as extra protection especially for the grouted lines if grout was used. Two sealants can be used – Deep sealer and surface sealer. Deep sealer will not change the natural look of the stone. Surface sealer will enhance the colors of the stone and can add either a glossy or a matt finish. Wet a sample with water and this will illustrate the color after surface sealing. Sealant is very easy to apply.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF THE STONE?
It depends on the finish and amount required. For example, our split face stone is 8½ pounds per square foot including the pallet weight. So if you order a large pallet of 142 square feet, the weight is 1,207 pounds. A small pallet is 48 square feet and weighs 480 pounds. For an extra-large project, it is best to order a full container direct from the factory. The container will contain approximately 5,500 square feet and weighs 46,750 pounds. Please call Natural Stone Veneer for your desired amount for weight estimations.
DOES THE STONE NEED TO BE MECHANICALLY ATTACHED?
Our stone is natural thin veneer and can be adhered to the walls directly. Generally, you can build up to 40 feet before mechanical attachment is necessary. It is always best to contact your city building department for any code restrictions and a structural engineer to ensure it is safely applied to your surface.
DOES IT NEED GROUTING?
Grouting is up to the desires of the customer. It is not required for most of our product. Our product is cut with nominal size differences and can be butt jointed together without a grout. If spacing is desired, it is recommended to use the correct grout, either sanded or unsanded grout depending on the spaces created when joining or stacking the stone. .
HOW IS THE PRODUCT INSTALLED?
Our stone can usually be installed just like tile, depending on the surface. Our product may be installed on exterior surfaces like cement, cement board, diamond mesh with scratch coat and masonry surfaces using thin-set or mortar mix. Additives can be added to the thin set to make it stronger for exterior use. Installation on interior surfaces can be the same as exterior surfaces or on surfaces like drywall or plywood using thin-set. (We recommend using the white thin-set; always refer to instruction received with the thin-set or mortar mix product.)
WHAT IS THE OVERALL THICKNESS OF THE STONE?
Our stone thickness varies on finish and cut. Generally, you can expect a stone to be no less than 3/8 inch at its thinnest, but can be much thicker depending on the cut.
CAN YOUR STONE BE USED IN EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS?
Our stone is made of dolomitic limestone. The dolomite found in the stone makes it more dense and therefore more rugged. All of our stone has been tested by Mother Nature in all sorts of conditions to include freezing, thawing, heat etc. Our stone can be submerged in water as well. Because of the density of our stone, we can cut it thinner than manufactured stone saving on the weight of the shipment.
WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY DO YOU OFFER?
We offer a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser. We believe in our product and will standby that warranty.
WHY SHOULD I BUY YOUR PRODUCTS?

– It’s a beautiful product.

– It’s versatile to any situation/desire.

– It can be very colorful depending on stone selection.

– It is design friendly and can be adapted to create anything a customer might dream up.

– It is a unique product in that we are the only suppliers for this type of veneer.

– It provides a timeless design to your structures.

– It is virtually maintenance free.

– It is a dense stone and of the highest quality.

– It is 100% real, nothing manufactured.

– It has great variety in color, cuts, and finishes.

– It allows you to mix colors and finishes to create a one-of-a-kind design for you, the customer.

– It provides a custom look without the custom price.

HOW DO I MAINTAIN THE STONE?
Our stone is virtually maintenance free. Generally, you can wash or pressure-wash the stone. To remove graffiti from our stone, you can either sand blast or acid wash it. Your stone will not change colors with any of these washes because it is all natural.The above suggestions apply generally to all of our products. The condition of the surfaces where you intend to install our product, your weather and other factors beyond our knowledge and control may also factor in to maintaining your stone for life long beauty. We recommend you consult your local professionals for any questions you might have.

We appreciate your interest in our product. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.