The beauty of real stone

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Stone is the hall­mark of fine heritage build­ings around the world, but due to its cost and the scarcity of trained stone­ma­sons, it is rarely used in to­dayʼs Cana­dian home build­ing or ren­o­va­tion mar­kets. That is chang­ing with the ap­pear­ance of man­u­fac­tured stone prod­ucts.

Based on over half a cen­tury of ex­pe­ri­ence and re­search in the man­u­fac­ture of fine stone prod­ucts, the Fu­sion Stone Sys­tem (to name only one prod­uct on the mar­ket to­day) uses pre­cisely man­u­fac­tured stone com­po­nents, that come with a sys­tem of slots and a stain­less steel sup­port­ing grid, that al­low speedy, sim­ple assem­bly with the aid of a power drill.

The re­sult­ing wall or stone ac­cent is weath­er­proof, sturdy, durable, and stun­ningly beau­ti­ful. Pro­fes­sional stone­ma­sons find that they can build an ex­te­rior wall us­ing man­u­fac­i­tured stone in as lit­tle as a third of the time re­quired to build a sim­i­lar wall with tra­di­tional meth­ods.

Home ren­o­va­tors or do it your­self handy per­sons find adding stone ve­neer to an ex­te­rior wall al­most as easy as putting to­gether chil­drenʼs build­ing blocks.

The re­sults may be lim­ited only by your cre­ativ­ity: whether putting a stone fac­ing around a main en­trance, or re-sur­fac­ing all of a homeʼs ex­te­rior, the re­sult is Old World el­e­gance for about ten dol­lars a square foot in ma­te­ri­als costs.

To­dayʼs man­u­fac­tured stone prod­ucts come in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and colours, and are avail­able with de­tail com­po­nents for win­dow en­clo­sures and ledges.

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