For more than 30 years, Canadian Stone Industries has been an industry leader, representing innovative masonry and building component products. They have become the premier source in Canada for manufactured stone veneer, brick veneer, stone siding, architectural profiles and other building components. With warehouses, located in British Columbia and Ontario, they service a network of over 400 dealers nationwide. They have been at the forefront of the home improvement trend towards affordable, easy-to-install, stone veneer panels as the new go to cladding solution.
Panelized stone veneer, often referred to as stone siding, is a cement-based, non-structural, manufactured stone product that provides all the beauty of natural stone, but with a much lower cost, and simple installation process. And that’s not all. Here are 7 great reasons to choose panelized manufactured stone for your project.
1) You can install it yourself: Panelized veneer panels were designed so do-it-yourself homeowners could install them. Most available products have comprehensive installation video tutorials available, and excellent documentation.
2) It costs less, even if you hire someone: If you have traditional stone installed, you’ll need a master stonemason, so the job not only looks great, but the finished product is structurally sound. To install stone veneer products, a siding applicator, general contractor or handyman can complete the work, saving you a lot in labor costs. The panels are pre-assembled, so stone placement has already been handled; it’s going to look fantastic.
3) Installation is quick: With traditional masonry, each stone is selected, trimmed and fastened individually. Stones are buttered with mortar and set with care, and later grout lines need to be hand tooled. In contrast, stone selection and placement have already been handled at the factory, when the pre-assembled panels were manufactured, and installation requires only a hammer, drill or screw gun.
4) No mortar, no mess: With mechanical fastening of the panels, there’s no need for mortar to hold them in place. The mess associated with traditional masonry has been eliminated.
) You can install panelized stone veneers year-round: Rain, freezing temperatures, snow and ice can interfere with outdoor installation of stone masonry. Even when masonry is installed indoors, the mixing of mortar is usually handled outdoors, due to the mess. Fasteners, on the other hand, can be used any time of the year, making manufactured stone panels a true 4-season cladding solution.
6) Stone veneer can be installed in places traditional stone can’t: To install full-thickness stone masonry, you require a wall that can support the considerable weight of the stone and mortar, with a solid footing. Manufactured stone veneers are very lightweight, and there’s no mortar required. Almost any wood frame, steel stud, pre-existing masonry and pre-cast sectional wall will do nicely. Where existing brick walls are structurally sound, and designed as load bearing, stone panels can even be applied right over brick.
7) A smaller footprint on your job site: On a typical jobsite, where conventional stone is being installed, you can expect to see a large pile of stone, a mortar mixer, and another stack of mortar sacks. There will likely also be a table for the masonry saw, and a sizeable rubbish pile consisting of empty sacks, stone cuttings and rejected stones. The mason will require an area in which to spread stones out, so he can view his inventory, to aid him in creating pleasing arrangements on the wall. It’s also common to see a soft pond area around the mixer, produced from mixing mortar and tool cleanup.
Stone veneer panels are thin and lightweight. Installers will often keep most of the required inventory for the day right on the truck, taking it home with them at night. The arrangement of stones has already been taken care of at the factory. Cutting is minimized with a panel system, and the thin veneer offcuts produce far less waste. A circular saw or mitre/chop saw, fitted with a masonry blade, is all that’s required to trim the panels to the required lengths. The process is completely dry.
Since the siding installer can also complete the panelized stone installation, there’s one less contractor required on the construction site.
The Versetta® Stone Advantage: Made of lightweight aggregate materials, Boral’s Versetta® Stone is approximately one-fourth of the weight of full-thickness stone. Versetta® Stone brings authenticity to their stone panels, with colours, panels and shapes that replicate those found in natural stone.
Versetta® Stone has two primary components, and a selection of trim accessories. Flat Panels are the primary components. They have an embedded G-90 galvanized nail strip, so there’s no fiddling with loose mounting clips, as is the case with some panelized stone solutions. Each strip is pre-drilled with weep holes, to permit water to flow in the air space between the panels and the wall, and then drain out of the starter strips at the bottom. The Universal Corner component makes it easy to handle inside and outside corners, as well as transitions.
For more information on Versetta® Stone see www.canadianstone.ca/product-types/versetta-stone.