Cultured Stone Might Be Built For Your Budget
Many of the stone homes you see these days aren’t faced with natural stone, but with cultured stone: building products made with aggregate materials, cast and colored to look like natural stone with much less weight and plenty of durability.
Cultured stone was designed to mimic the timeless beauty that so many of us love about natural stone, but to make that look more approachable for homeowners who need or want to keep a tighter rein on the budget (from the materials cost to the labor costs that come with installation). And cultured stone has grown in popularity not just because it’s a budget-friendly option, but because it’s a really attractive and durable budget-friendly option.
Along with use on home exteriors, cultured stone products have become increasingly popular for fireplace facing as well, and at Pristine Sweeps, we’re proud to have created some beautiful fireplaces that have wowed our clients using cultured stone.
If you’re looking to have a fireplace facelift completed, Pristine Sweeps’ technicians can tell you about the various cultured stone products that we recommend, and see if those materials might be the right choice for your fireplace.
Why Cultured Stone Wins In Installation Time And Cost
An installation process that takes less time lowers the labor cost, which is part of why cultured stone fireplaces are attractive to homeowners who want to refresh their fireplace but need to keep the budget lower.
Since cultured stone is much lighter than natural stone, it doesn’t require additional footings or foundation work, and individual pieces, from veneer sheets to corners and trim, are designed for quick and seamless installation.
Durability: Like Brick, Cultured Stone Is Built To Last
The makeup of cultured stone is akin to other masonry building materials, like concrete and brick, so you can expect a similar kind of durability — these products will hold up to decades of use, and many cultured stone manufacturers include a lengthy warranty (50 years) to underline that expectation.
Pristine Sweeps can share information and examples to help you figure out if cultured stone is the right material for your fireplace facelift. Call 206-574-8414 or click here for questions or scheduling!