Stone Veneers are a layer of bricks or stones that do not aid in the structural capability of the wall. However, they contain an air cavity behind them to help in keeping the basic structural construction of a wall untarnished. These veneers, either full or a thin stone veneer, offer a lot of benefits aesthetically as well as practically to the house. These veneers act as thermal insulators that keep the place warm. The air cavity acts as a drainage system making sure the water is drained outside rather than inside the house, through the weep holes. Apart from that, they offer stunning aesthetics to the walls.
Given the number of benefits that each has to offer, it is important that home renovators have a clear idea of what they are getting into. In this article here, we evaluate full as well as thin stone veneer installations.
Thin Stone Veneer vs Full Stone Veneer
Thin Stone Veneers
Thin stone veneers are a relatively newer concept, with their widespread installations gaining traction a little more than a decade ago. These thin stone veneer installations are generally used in places that are harder to reach with the use of thick stone, or in those areas where it is not structurally sound to install such heavy stonework. Since they also cut from slabs of stone, the users are free to choose what material they would like on their walls. However, because of the craftwork that is required in slicing the slabs, thin stone veneer installations can cost significantly higher than full stone veneers.
However, that being said, these veneers do not require the structural soundness that full stone veneers require. For that purpose, it becomes to install them anywhere. Besides, these stones are generally cut in a way that gives off the illusion of fullness. Because of the reduced weight, height considerations on these veneers can be more lenient too. The common perception is regarding the penetration of natural elements since these are flimsy. However, with proper care regarding the filling-in of cracks, galvanizing, etc., it is easy to make this a worthwhile project.