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Lightweight natural stone veneers

the natural stone wall appears to slice through ceiling, floor, flooring, hardwood, interior design, laminate flooring, living room, real estate, room, wall, wood, wood flooring, white
the natural stone wall appears to slice through the internal soffit, creating a strong composition of interesting plances

A wall of natural stone has a rugged beauty and a sense of permanence, and neither of these qualities are replicated easily.

However, traditional stone products have always been heavy and cumbersome to work with until now. Today, it's possible to incorporate natural stone within your home, both inside and out, in a far more cost-effective way.

Natural Stone Veneers International, Inc (NSVI) has developed and patented equipment that creates thin, lightweight stone facings that are ideally suited to interior and exterior applications for both residential and commercial buildings.

Joe Buechel, vice president sales, says the company's diamond saws and computer technology, make it possible to fabricate thin slices of natural stone, ranging in thickness from ¾ in (19mm) to 1¼ in (32mm).


A wall of natural stone has a 
rugged architecture, outdoor structure, patio, white
A wall of natural stone has a 
rugged beauty and a sense of permanence, and neither of these qualities are replicated easily.

"Veneer slices, custom shapes and corner pieces can be created in a fraction of the time it once took to cut traditional stone facings," he says.

"The stone is more durable than artificial or manufactured stone, and its light weight provides numerous benefits. The veneer is easily handled and shipped, and is faster to install. Its light weight means there is no need for additional structural supports, such as ledgers, footings or ties. This provides considerable savings in labour and materials."

Buechel says NSVI facings also offer aesthetic benefits.

"Natural stone weathers beautifully, and is scratch resistant and colorfast. A small chip in an artificial stone can spell disaster, visually. But a chip in natural stone will cause no harm and may well add a welcome character, as the color continues right through the stone."

This modern home features a soaring natural stone fireplace, floor, flooring, hardwood, hearth, interior design, laminate flooring, living room, wood, wood flooring, gray, orange
This modern home features a soaring natural stone wall that helps to anchor the interior visually. The wall was built using facings from Natural Stone Veneers International. the company has developed a patented new technologyu that can create fine slices of stone that are easier to install than solid blocks and more cost effective

Buechel says NSVI stone veneers are highly versatile and frequently appear on walls, fireplace surrounds and water features.

"Natural stone greatly enhances a home's curb appeal," he says. "It is also an investment that will pay off in the long term, as it is sure to increase the value of a home."

NSVI offers more than 60 product lines sourced from quarries around the world. These are categorized into 11 specific architectural collections that offer a wide range of sizes, colors and textures. The stone can be seen in the company's online gallery.

For more information, contact Natural Stone Veneers International, Inc, 390 West Rolling Meadows Drive, PO Box 347, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0347, phone toll free 877 923 2800, fax (920) 923 3800. Email: info@nsvi.com. Or visit the website: www.nsvi.com.

Story by: Trendsideas

31 Jan, 2014

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