Fireplaces are more affordable to construct
Now, zero-clearance fireplaces are more affordable to construct
compared to classic masonry block built fireplaces. With
zero-clearance fireplaces, the iron fireplace frame is boarded
up with plywood. The relatively light weight of cultured stone
allows veneers to be placed on these wood surfaces. The stone
veneers are held securely in place by a metal lath attached to
the wood surface, then by a thin application of mortar.
As we have stated, the cost of applying thin faux stone veneers
is much lower than real stone given the weight and shape
differences. Real stone requires laborious craftsmanship, as is
normal for every natural limestone work. It is so much so that
the total value will warrant the master worker's signature to be
affixed somewhere on the finished stonework. Another thing about
natural limestone fireplaces, in particular, is that the costs
for each work will always be according to your own skilled taste
An important reason for getting faux stone for your home is that
its availability in regular shapes and sizes means you can
achieve a variety of stone fireplace designs. As a matter of
fact, part of the process when selecting cultured stone is
designing the fireplace.
Nevertheless, a reason for thinking twice about faux stone
veneers is that it can take in moisture; furthermore, when it is
chipped, when chipped, the surface has a mark that is glaring.
Consequently they be demanding in terms of care and maintenance.
Watch out also, and be careful about falling on to recurring and
redundant patterns in your design which ought to look natural.
Thus, quo vadis, faux stone or natural traditional stone? A lot
will actually depend on how you and your master craftsman work
together to achieve the result. Faux stone veneers look and feel
like real stone, and enables stunning stone fireplaces to be
built at a fraction of the cost of traditional stone.
The look of cultured stone is
composed of stone aggregates, dyes and lightweight cement.