Originally River Rock was the culprit that caused a near impossible task to cut. A mill had to be designed and invented in order to hold, arrange, cut and extract a workable face off an ugly river rock or fieldstone. First of all, I want to make it absolute clear that we are not acquiring this stone from the river beds or the beaches. It comes from glacial drifts, a gravel pit that is used for highway construction. It was a river bed million of years ago. We took the real river rock stone that is a smooth worn stone and cut off the workable face and discarded the bulk . This cuts down on the massive weight, and the excessive wide joints are no longer mandatory.
Now you have a workable stone that is 1/2 half to 2 1/2 inches thick, and has a width of 4" to 12" and length from 4" to 16" occassionally even longer specimens are produced. Corner stones are cut in a 90 % and are from 4" to 8" wide and 4" to 12" in length.
Now, you have a natural real stone veneer that can be quickly worked into your stone fireplace, stone home exterior, stone gates & pillars as well as interior stone applications. You have an option of bulbous look with deep set joints or flat mirror tile look but most of all, you have a unique real stone project the way it is suppose to look.
You get the impression that river rock and fieldstone are the same. Not quite Fieldstone is similar in that it is glacier drift from millions of the earth turmoil of change. Field stone tends to be a little more rougher , the ones you pick out of the field or the ones the old homesteader piled up on the rock walls.
Quarry stone is exactly what it says.Not only do we have historic quarry stone veneer that vary is shades of red to salmon pink, grey-white to black quarry stone and snowflake black quarry stone, we also have an earthtone quarry stone, a blue limestone, a grey sand stone in the recent developed quarries. The earth tone stone veneer, blue lime stone veneer and the grey sand stone do not have the historic half drill mark and chisel marks because it is not practical to process stone veneer in this manner in modern times. On the other hand , if the drill marks offend you on your fireplace or home exterior we can certainly eliminate them from your project.
The access to many types and colours of quarry stone gives you a choice of colour to more adequately accommodate your preference. Although the sheer size of some of theses blocks of quarry stone are over whelming, for stone veneer, our mill is designed for the adequate comfortable size of quarry stone veneer. Choice pieces of six to fourteen inches chunks of quarry stone are inserted into our mill and angled just right to produce a slice of irregular angled shape of stone veneer that is from 6 to 14 inches long and 6 to 12 inches wide. When our stone masons install this stone veneer, we occasionally need smaller pieces to perfect the more pleasing look, we will cut them on site with hammer and chisel if we can't find the preferred piece.
Most of the time this stone veneer doesn't cost anymorethan artificial stone !! In fact in lots of cases it cost less. Why would this be, artificial stone veneer actually cost more than the real natural stone veneer. Manufactured stone veneer (artificial stone) is nothing more than cement, put in some sort of molds, when it harden painted what ever colour you like. Then comes the packaging which is usually heavy reinforced cardboard box usually not to much of that artificial stone is put into the box for the fear or breaking through . It is usually put in small boxes. This probably is another reason why it cost most times more than our natural stone veneer.
Another factor with artificial stone veneer that you don't have with our stone veneer is the huge shipping cost, most of the artificial stone veneer is shipped across the entire continent and goes through many hands which all have to be paid before it gets to you, the consumer. Our stone veneer on the other hand is cut right here in the Maritimes processed here and crated here.
The cost of our stone veneer has been the same for years and there hasn't been a price rise. Unfortunately as time goes on that same low price for our natural real stone veneer will definitely rise, but for now the price will remain the same as it was ten years ago. It is impossible to give you an accurate price here, because there are several factors to take into consideration. That is quantity, then there is distance and the fact, can we couple up your order with another order, in order to give you the best price for Cut River Rock real stone veneers.
High class, high value stone veneer, it doesn't get any better than this, our natural real stone veneer is exactly what we say it is genuine real stone veneer. It can't be stated any plainer than that.
Elegance and class seem to come with things that are real. Things that care and concern was a key factor. When one goes to the extent and expense of building the dream home with all the beauty and excellence, it is only natural to use natural real stone veneer to match the exotic dazzle soaked in class.
If it should ever come to the point where one would have to turn your dream home over to another family. It would seem only sensible that the stone work be the best. Usually, whether it is the grand entrance from the street or the great room with a flickering fireplace, the stone work is the main focal point. If you plan to keep your dream home forever or maybe put it on the market this is no place to cut corners, an admirer will catch that right away this is quality, this is platinum touch and probably everything behind the scene is too.
The strange thing is your cost to build with this real natural stone veneer probably cost less than the leading manufactured faux stone veneer. Another amazing thing you will notice about artificial stone veneer is that most all will try to compare to real stone and lead you to believe they are real stone. This is simply because there is nothing better than real stone veneer. You consider the price is relatively the same or Cut River Rock real stone veneer cost less. Consider what goes into our stone veneer, the stone first has to be hand picked and selected then hand cut maximizing the best face for size, shape, uniform thickness, quality, colour arrangement and natural uniqueness of each stone.
These factors are picked up very quickly by an admirer or potential buyer although they may not say anything. The bottom line is you don't have a second chance to make a first impression.
Light weight within architectural guide line 15 lbs per sq/ft. Architectural designers take into consideration for the weight involved in stone veneer of any sort whether it is manufactured stone or our natural real stone veneer. Actually artificial stone, which is mostly made of concrete, often times it is heavier simply because it is thicker, our stone veneer often times is only three quarters of an inch thick where as the artificial stone is upwards of an inch and sometimes two plus inches. One thing for sure Cut River Rock real stone veneer is well within the 15 lbs per sq/ft required by artechural guide lines.
The weight of the stone veneer in most cases is not a factor because fireplace or load bearing wall is positioned and supports are over the foundation and on the base. A common question we get is. Will my wall support a fireplace?. the wall in question is bearing on the floor joist. Yes, assuming you have standard floor joist and the floor is supported by the normal jack posts in the basement. This would be for a wall type fireplace of approximately 70 sq/ft stone, 7"high by 6" front by 2' returns. When you go much bigger than this, cathedral ceiling, full wall, double fireplace etc., you will need additional support to the basement or foundation. This also applies to chimney chase on the roof. You will need support that follows through to the foundation
Cut River Rock can be installed over sheet rock, wood, concrete, brick, etc. any supported wall can accept our natural stone veneer. That is the wall in question is standard construction and its base is being on regular floor joist of regulations size and basement supports are within architectural design code.
Over sheet rock or drywall a metal mesh called metal lathe is used which is attached securely to the frame studs, then a scratch coat (1/4" mortar) is put on, then more mortar is applied to the stone veneer and is stuck on and jointed in when the mortar is set satisfactorily.
On wood the procedure is similar to sheet rock, if on exterior a waterproof barrier is place on first, it can be tarpaper, house wrap or where extreme water conditions can occur a new product called blue skin is an excellent choice.
When it comes to cement, there are a number of products like thin set etc., which is a glue type of substance you add to the mortar and paint on the cement wall which adds to the adherent of the stone veneer to the cement.
In many cases metal lathe is secured to the cement wall by drilling it and pounding in anchor nail or pinbolts, this is necessary when there is a suspicion that a release agent was used on the cement to release the forms that held the cement until cured.
On cement board and brick the glue additive to the mortar is usually just fine, the metal lather in most cases is over kill.
The old homesteader and stone masons never had the ability to cut a corner in 90 degree angle, in other words cut out the middle of the square-ish stone and be left with a veneer stone corner that would wrap around the corner on a stone veneer project. We have achieved this and it is done on our River Rock, Fieldstone, and Quarry stones to make a perfect corner. There are many different designs of stone too. Some are rather long, others are near square, while others are sort of oblong, this is done on purpose so when it is installed the stone mason can artistically make the work projects corner over lap and interlace rather than a tier which may be offensive to some people.
Key stones are those special stone that are arranged in a fan sort of shape that are used in an arch way and over the oval arch in a stone fireplace opening. We have selected special River Rock, Fieldstone and Quarry stones that are naturally shaped for the purpose of arches. These are cut to 1 inch to 2 1/2 inch thick. There are many different degree of angles to accommodate the many different angles that a stone mason will encounter on a archway or stone fireplace opening.
Corner stones are another area where special selected stones are used. In all our stone veneers they are available. This is a different type of corner stone than the 90 degree special cut stones. These stones are usually the long large stones that some people request for the stone mason to arrange in such a way around door openings, over windows and blind corners. (Blind corners is when the end corner of a wall that butts up against another material wall on the other angle of the 90 degree. In other words a wall that stops). These corners are interlaced and put in a bridge work fashion by the stone mason which can be very time consuming and end result is very appealing to some people.
This natural stone veneer is real stone and its colour and character is unequaled. Artificial stone veneer on the other hand is coloured and shaded to look like its real. It can not compare to our real stone veneer that nature made. With natural stone you can have a consistent colour or shade but what you will have that is the added bonus is the real stone feature. It could be a host of swirls and folds when the stone was made, a consistent colour can have traces of mineral that cause an obvious one of a kind that won't be found in artificial stone.
Here are so many different shapes almost no two are the same. There may be the same in some shapes but over all when you consider colour, size intrusions, veins, folds, shades and uniqueness.
Multi Colour River Rock - This is a popular choice stone, ranging from snow white, pale pink, off green, light and dark brown occasionally brick red, grays with white strip through them and so on.
Earthtone - Earthtone stone veneer colour is like the name implies, brown to almost black fading in places to almost white, pale brown in other places. Sometimes a complete stone will be almost consistent brown or dark brown to almost light in colour. Multi Colour Granite - Here, the common granite used in this area for centuries for foundations and ornamental from our local quarries. This same stone is in our ancient river beds. Multi Colour granite varies in light beige to white, pink and even to shades of salmon pink and pale yellow to dark coarse dark specks in the quartz fieldspar mix that makes up this granite. It is the right combination to a log home foundation and fireplace.
Old Homestead - Consist of many shades of gray to black, is the easiest way to describe this sandstone and slate river rock, is that it has a distinguished characteristic that would be accomplished by an old homesteader farmer who went out back in the field and used all the handy sandstone and slate fieldstone river rock type he could find. Multi colour Quarry - Not only do we have historic quarry stone veneer that vary is shades of red to salmon pink, grey-white to black quarry stone and snowflake black quarry stone, we also have an earthtone quarry stone, a blue limestone, a grey sand stone in the recent developed quarries. The earth tone stone veneer, blue lime stone veneer and the grey sand stone do not have the historic half drill mark and chisel marks because it is not practical to process stone veneer in this manner in modern times. On the other hand , if the drill marks offend you on your fireplace or home exterior we can certainly eliminate them from your project.
Blue Quarry Limestone - The colour is a grey blue colour generally but has areas of intrusions that are almost a peacock green blue sheen to black sheen, another common intrusion is a streak of pale white and often other mineral colour intrusions but mostly one could say grey blue in colour.
In most cases to your door, minimum order 100 sq. ft.,
4 - 6 weeks lead time may be required. (In peak season Summer & Fall , 2 months lead time)
Cut River Rock Stone Veneer & Quarry Stone Veneer
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Phone: 1-800-338-4868 or 613-914-1617
Yes, you can install our stone veneer yourself, although it may be time consuming. Of course it is like any profession, I often like to compare it to drywall. The drywallers make it look easy and high quality professional work everytime.
What we can do for you. We have installed thousands of square feet and continue to add new little touches that make each project special and unique. For example colour mortar may appeal to you and it doesn't cost anymore, but there are a few tricks to it that if not done right could be a disaster. The most obvious is uneven inconsistent colour joints.
Then there comes the choice of types of joints, again it doesn't cost anymore, most popular is the clean brush joint, it is simply as the name implies. the process of the joint done properly is a matter if experience in the whole process. The key problem is knowing when to fill the joints, when to tool the joints, and when to finish the joints. This procedure has all to do with the warmth of the day and the humidity. It has to be done when the time is right, and only experience can be a guide. The extreme situation would be late fall when the weather is just above freezing, stone that is jointed early in the day may not be ready to finish until late in the day. The other extreme would be a hot day in July when the mortar would be ready to finish in an hour or less. There a few different types of joints to chose from too. The most common is the clean brush joint. The cut joint, it is a joint that is excess mortar that oozes out between the stones is simply cut off. Then there is the uncut joint which is to sort of replicate the old homesteader that didn't know what he was doing or know better or care and left the mortar that oozed out hang there and set up. This method also goes hand in hand splatter here and there on the stone work, which all our stonemasons find repulsive and pride themselves with the slogan "Mortar in the joints not on the stone". If that was the sort of finish appeals to you, we would let you do that touch.
There will always be a trace of mortar mark on the stone joints where the water in the mortar soaks up on the stone, this is cut down to a minimum by knowing when to tool the joints, so as not to get mortar on the stones. Stone has to be applied properly too and here again only experience can be the teacher. Our natural stone veneer has the ability to stick in a fusion of suction fashion if the mortar is made right. The way our stone veneer is cut causes a suction effect. When a stone is set in place properly to remove it before the mortar is dry, it takes a bit of effort to break the suction effect away from the wet scratch coat. When it is jointed in and allowed to dry it becomes a permanent fixture. we install, we boast mortar in the joints not on the stones, guaranteed for life.
The other issues that we deal with are interior and exterior. Exterior applications have to take in to considerations the weather and the elements.
As far as the stone falling off that is ludicrous. Frost action, heaving foundations where water got in the ground from it, building shifting, accidental collision are the main reasons.
In one incident an earthquake of 5.0, our stone was put on an overhead arch way and not a crack was found.
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Here's Mark doing what he does best. He is one of the guys will custom install your stone fireplace, pillars, exterior and interior to fit your designers concept.
Mark has been installing our real stone veneer since we started slicing river rock.
Once again we will be exhibiting at the 2014 Home Show -The Cottage Show & Big Backyard we will be in Booth #220 , at the Ernest & Young Center, 4899 Upland Dr., Ottawa, ON
We invite all our friends and clients to drop by and see what is new for stone veneer, if your building bring along your plans.
Our first show of the season will be at the PEI Provincial Home Show in the Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown, PEI, March 7 -9, 2014. Drop by our booth # 915 and see what's new in our real stone veneer.
We were asked by Grand-Designs of PEI could we possible build them a multicolour river rock fireplace with deep set joints bulbous type appearance. Well it didn't take much thought, thats one of the many concepts that we do. You will notice the joints are dark, this is due to the fact the picture was taken before the mortar joints were dry. When the mortar cures the joints will turn a nice natural white-gray appearance.
Thanks Tom & Mark it is just beautiful, exactly the look that I want.
Susan Friesen, PEI
The next project a double sided fireplace for Karen & Gary Ogle of Island Cottage Services in PEI
Pardon the poor photography we will have a picture of the finished fireplace shortly.
Now we are off to the next site in beautiful Prince Edward Island
Update, March 26, 2014, We will be attending the Fredericton Home Show March 28th - 30th, 2014