What are Cultured Stone® products?
Cultured Stone is the regestered brand name for our extensive line of manufactured stone veneer products. It is also the company name for the world’s leading producer of manufactured stone.
Is this real stone?
Cultured Stone products are manufactured stones with the additional advantages of light weight and easy of installation plus global availability.
What are Cultured Stone products made of?
Cultured Stone products are cast in molds taken from carefully selected natural stone, using a process that faithfully captures even the faintest detail. Each colour and texture uses its own blend of Portland cement, lightweight natural aggregates and iron oxide pigments. Even on close examination, these manufactured stones look and feel just like the originals.
How can I get cost information and who quotes installed prices for Cultured Stone products?
Contact your local dealer for prices and/or names of installation contractors who can provide quotes on your project. Call 1-800-977-8663 or visit www.culturedstone.com for dealer locations.
How do Cultured Stone products compare in cost with natural stone?
Cultured Stone products installed cost is usually much lower than the installed cost of natural stone. Cultured Stone products require no additional footings, foundations or wall ties, and installtion time will be considerably less than when using natural stone.
How are Cultured Stone products sold?
Flat pieces are sold by the square foot, corner pieces by the linear foot, hearth pieces and trim products are sold by the piece.
How are Cultured Stone products packaged?
Flat Cultured Stone products are avilable in various package types: for example flat stone comes in Big Boxes on a pallet that cover 90 square feet or Handi-Pak cartons covering 11.25 square feet of wall area. Other packaging varies for corners, specific textures, and trim pieces.
How heavy are Cultured Stone products?
The weight of Cultured Stone products is approximately 8-12 lbs. per square foot.
Will Cultured Stone products fade?
Colours become an integral part of Cultured Stone products during the casting process. Existing applications show no undesirable change in colour after years of weathering in various climactic exposures globally.
Does the colour go all the way through?
Base colour is blended throughout the entire product during the casting process.
Will the same stone appear repeatedly in a typical application?
Cultured Stone products are casting from thousands of individual molds essentially eliminating repetition. In addition, to further eliminate the possibility of repetition, no two stones are ever reproduced with the exact same colouring.
How long will Cultured Stone products last and are they warrented?
As Cultured Stone products are a lightweight concrete material, they will last as long as any quality concrete or masonry material such as concrete block, brick etc. Cultured Stone products carry a 50 year limited warrenty.
Do they meet Building Code requirements?
Yes. Cultured Stone products comply with applicable building code requirements. Details of building code approvals, listings and releases are outlined in our Installation Instructions. These can also be viewe on-line at www.culturedstone.com
What kind of curface is necessary in order to use Cultured Stone products?
Cultured Stone products may be applied over any properly prepared, clean, untreated, structurally sound wall surfaces such as wood, wallboard, masonry or metal. See the Cultured Stone Installtion Instructions for details.
How are Cultured Stone products adhered to wall surfaces?
Cultured Stone products are installed using regular Type N Portland cement mortar over a properly prepared substrate. See Cultured Stone Installation Instructions or website for complete details.
Can Cultured Stone products be used on both exterior and interior applications?
Yes. Cultured Stone products are suitable for both, and allow you to bring the outdoors inside, emphasizing design and continuity in color and texture.
Can Cultured Stone products be used on fireplace facings or the wall behind a free-standing stove?
Yes. Cultured Stone products have been tested and classified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. as a non-combustible material (UL Classifaction #209T). Test results showed zero flame spread and zero smoke developed. Always refer to the fireplace or stove manufacturers installation instructions and local building codes.
Will Cultured Stone products stain if my fireplace smokes?
Possibly, just as natural stone or brick will. Sealing the Cultured Stone products facing of a fireplace installation will assist in the removal of smoke stains should they occur. Smoke stains can often be removed by following instructions given in the Cultured Stone Installation Instructions.
Can Cultured Stone products be used on walkways or patios?
No. Cultured Stone products ar enot suitable for foot traffic. However, our TerraCraftÂ® Water Wash pavers may be used for walkways and patios.
Can Cultured Stone products be used on wall areas adjacent to swimming pools?
From a durability standpoint, Cultured Stone products will perform the same as any quality lightweight concrete material. However, it should be noted that as with any concrete or natural material, continued exposure to chlorine or other chemicals may eventually affect colouration. When frequently exposed to water, we recommend protection with a non-film forming breather-type masonry sealer.
Should I colour the mortar?
Cultured Stone product applications are enhanced when mortar is tinted to complement or match the stone colour using iron oxide mortar colours available from Cultured StoneÂ® dealers.
Can Cultured Stone products be cut?
Yes. Cultured Stone products are easiliy cut and trimmed using a hatchet or wide-mouth nippers, or with a masonry blade used with a circular or masonry saw.
Is any maintenance required?
Occasional washing to remove surface dust and dirt is all that is required. Cultured Stone products are firtually maintenance-free.
How many product types are available?
Cultured Stone products provide the largest variety of colours and textures available in over 80 colours. Refer to our texture and colour choices in literature or on the website for the complete selection of CUltured Stone products.
Are there any installtions in my area that I may visit and examine?
The Cultured Stone dealer in your area will be able to direct you to locations where Cultured Stone has been installed. To find your local dealer, call 1-800-977-8663 or visit the Cultured Stone dealer search page where you can search for dealers by country.
What is the average thickness of Cultured Stone products?
1¾” average (from 1″ to 3″ depending on texture).
Who manufactures Cultured Stone products?
Cultured Stone products ar emanufactured by Cultured Stone – A Division of Owens Corning, the world’s leading producer of manufactured stone. Cultured Stone products have over 40 years of proven performance globally. Production facilities are located in Napa, California, Navarre, Ohio, and Chester, South Carolina