Benefits of Natural Thin Stone Veneer vs. Cultured (Concrete) Veneer

Thin Stone Veneer began showcasing its beauty in the late 19th century, where it was made from thick cut slabs of natural stone. While this is still somewhat true today, Green Mountain Veneer’s Natural Thin Stone Veneer begins as a beautiful, heavy slab of stone, and is transformed through a precisely engineered cutting process. Using this technique, we can cut a large block of natural stone down to something that is just over an inch thick and much easier to handle, ship, and install. Our Natural Thin Stone Veneer is capable of transforming any living and working space into a living masterpiece. 


Many people are still under the impression that cultured stone (concrete) is less expensive than its natural thin stone veneer counterpart. Although the labor process is quite similar, the cheaper looking cultured (concrete) stone will usually cost less but this also sacrifices the aesthetics and qualities of real stone.

The proverb, “You get what you pay for” rings true when installing any veneer on your home or building. There are some cultured stones that closely resemble natural stones, but these stones are similarly priced to Green Mountain Natural thin stone veneer.  


Installation costs are relatively the same for both Green Mountain Thin Stone Veneer and cultured stone. Although the installation costs rely on the style and size of the stones, it’s also important to consider the look and style you are trying to achieve. When masons or homeowners are working with natural stone, they will often use something as simple as a chisel to modify a stone. When working with cultured stone (concrete), this reshaping process is not an option because any reshaping will chip off and expose the concrete core. Lastly, the inability to cut cultured stone means you must use the pieces “as is” and this is why you see gaps in the finished product.


With proper installation, Green Mountain Thin Stone Veneer will bring a lifetime of beauty without the hassle of upkeep! Natural stone veneer retains its colors without the headache and upkeep of cultured stone which fades over time.

Green Mountain Natural Thin Stone Veneer provides a natural look, piece of mind with zero upkeep, and years of timeless beauty while hosting a seamless transition from the outside world to your indoor space.

Next Steps

When you are ready to capture nature’s stone beauty in your home, call Green Mountain Veneer at (802) 377-3039 or contact us below. We offer a unique and wide-ranging selection of beautiful stone cut from quarries in the Northeast, and we ship nationwide! We look forward to partnering with you to create the home of your dreams.

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