14 Nov 2015

The Remarkable Origin and Superiority for Artificial Culture Stone

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In the 1950s, Mr. MEL who is the owner of CORONADO have the opportunity to visit Xi’an, China, in ancient mountain Hengxing Culture Stone saw the local clay brick production, thus he generated inspiration and returned to the United States began using the cement sand and other imitation the natural stone materials to produce artificial stone.

Artificial cultural stones are made in molds from a reinforced light weight concrete with surface hardeners. Manufactured Stones are used for a majority of stone facing. Artificial Stone is easier to install and more economically priced than real stone veneer. Real stone veneer is installed in the same way as Culture Stone, but more difficult to work with due to its heft and inability to be cut easily. Natural stone is also harder maintenance and cleaning than Culture Stone. Therefore, it needs to be cut with a diamond blade which can be time consuming.

Manufactured stone is a porous product. Its water absorption is higher than real stone and it will transfer the moisture through to the wall of the structure causing many of the same issues seen with improperly installed stucco. Being a porous product manufactured stone is subjected to ice wedging and freeze thaw problems. What’s more, its specific weight is 1/3-1/4 of natural stone, not need extra support of wall footing.

Stone stack veneer is usually used as a decorative material in the front of houses, steps, retaining walls, TV wall, fireplaces, etc. It is usually installed over a masonry backing like concrete block. On houses, it is sometimes placed over the plywood sheeting. This is acceptable to do as long as the completed preparation and waterproofing is performed.