Peter Dorcas traditional-patio

Peter Dorcas

Patio with Outdoor Kitchen

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August 14, 2012
batmansmom wrote:
Is the stone on the side of the house faux or real? - I heard faux stone can lower the value of a home. Is there a name for that style?
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COASTROAD Hearth & Patio
Nice stonework - the style or "bond" of stone masonry shown above is called ASHLAR, which refers to cut and dressed stones of various sizes fit tightly together.

Cultured stone "Cobblefield" is similar ( ).

I've not heard that man-made stone would lower the value of your home, but we usually use products that defy detection as synthetic. Of course, natural stone is certainly the way to go, if you can.

There are some manufactured stone products out there that look terrible, and are obviously fake. I certainly think there's a potential for cheapening your home if you use any of those.
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One thing to remember about faux or "cultured" stone is that since it is made of cement all brands will have a much higher absorption rate than natural stone. If you live in a part of the country where freeze/thaw cycles are an issue, this will cause cultured stone to weaken and eventually fail when installed on the exterior veneer of your home.

One alternative is to ask your local stone supplier about Natural Thin Veneer. It is a natural, genuine stone but shaped thin and can be applied to the wall just like cultured stone. This brings down the overall cost, giving you the best of both worlds. For example, our Crystal Ridge Thin Veneer is only $10 /sq. ft. (material only). This product, along with several others like it and a handy installation guide can be viewed on our website at
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