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Natural Stone Adhered/Thin Veneer

Natural Stone Thin Veneer has been available for years, but recent innovations allow natural stone to be cut thinner, faster and more efficient than ever before. Today a variety of manufacturer’s stone cutting machinery transforms full thickness natural stone into lightweight thin stone veneer (nominal 1-1/4 inch thickness). These lightweight pieces reduce production, shipping, and construction costs allowing greater affordability, installation versatility and real value when compared to imitation stone products. Natural Stone Thin Veneer can be installed quickly, often without footings or ledges and adheres to concrete, plywood, paneling, drywall, and even metal. 90 degree angles cut from full thickness stones are used in corner applications that conceal the true thickness of the stone. The overall result is an application that looks like traditional full thickness installation. For best results, consult with the material supplier for recommended products, uses or installation suggestions to meet your specific design or application needs.

Most consumers prefer natural stone over “man-made cast concrete” materials, which is why Natural Stone Thin Veneer has become so popular in the marketplace. Learn more from the resources below.



adhered-coverAdhered Natural Stone Veneer Installation Guide
Published in 2010 through a collaboration of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, Atkinson-Noland Associates, Robinson Brick and the Building Stone Institute this informative guide provides illustrations of suggested installations as well as some building code requirements for natural stone adhered veneer.



bsi-thinveneer-coverBuilding Stone Institute’s Natural Thin Stone Veneer Technical Installation Guide 
Published in 2008 by the Building Stone Institute, this installation guide was designed for the purpose of promoting natural stone as an adhered veneer.




Moisture Control Wall Details/Specs 
Masonry Technology Incorporated comprehensive illustrated details


Bryan Imhoff, Imhoff Engineering:
The Art of Deflection

Bryan Imhoff, Imhoff Engineering:
 Weather or Not

ASTM Thin Stone Veneer specification – Residential Wood Stud Exterior Wall

Jim Owens, Indiana Limestone Institute:
 Cast Stone “Sales” Effort Backfires



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