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Newsletter- September 2016

September 1, 2016

Just a short note to express our gratitude for your business. Indiana Cut Stone has been the global leader in Indiana limestone fabrication for almost 20 years, and we hope to serve you for 20 more. Contact our courteous Indiana Cut Stone staff to discuss your next project’s stone needs.

Indiana Limestone Veneer

Thin veneer Indiana Limestone is an increasingly popular choice by the construction industry. The thinner and lighter material maintains the beautiful appearance of full bed depth stone and is economical to ship. The thin aspect of the product saves money due to the fact it has less raw material to mill, it is lighter in weight making it more affordable to ship and it is also faster and easier to install. Thin Veneer is highly preferable to artificial "cultured" stones because of its natural variability in color and texture adds sophistication to the finished project's appearance.

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Smooth Veneer

The least textural of the standard finishes and presents minimum surface interruption. A smooth finish is popular limestone finish. Terms associated with a smooth finish are often called out as planer, honed, grinder, machine, bugged or circular sanded.

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Split-faced Veneer

This finish is rough, uneven, concave-convex finish applied to Indiana Limestone. The rough natural appearance creates maximum light and shadow contrast. It is used for residential and commercial buildings alike on both interior and exterior to emphasize horizontal lines and create a massive appearance.

Tumbled Veneer

Our beautiful tumbled stone is a perennial favorite for both residential and commercial customers. The gentle tumbled stone treatment imparts a unique and individualized character upon every stone. This natural finish elevates and refines every project with its natural beauty.

Save weight and money with Thin Veneer

  • The best, most durable lightweight stone option on the market
  • Available in smooth, tumbled stone and split faced surface finishes
  • 3/4"-1 1/4" typical bed depth
  • Requires no footing or foundation for installation
  • 100% natural stone – no aggregate or artificial colors needed to make it look natural
  • Can be installed directly over existing masonry (see installation for more details)
  • Installed with expanded galvanized metal lath
  • May be installed on non-load bearing walls or areas where full veneer may not be practical (gable ends, chimney chases, dormer windows)
  • Most economical material when shipping product long distances
  • Average 135 square feet per ton (approximately 10-15 lbs per sq ft
  • Average 3,000 square feet of stone per truckload
  • Most masons can install at least 50% more thin veneer then full veneer in a day
  • Architects and contractors can create designs and patterns that might not be possible with traditional stone cuts.

Facts about Indiana Limestone

  • Indiana Limestone was deposited of calcium-rich sediments over several million years. It formed at the bottom of a warm, shallow inland sea during the Mississippian period.
  • Indiana's stone belt runs 10 miles wide and 30 miles long through Owen, Monroe and Lawrence counties.
  • Nearly 3 million cubic feet of Indiana Limestone is quarried each year.
  • The first Indiana limestone quarry opened in Stinesville in 1827.
  • In 2000 Indiana Limestone accounted for more that 53% of all limestone production.
  • Indiana Limestone has been featured in the exterior of the National Cathedral, Biltmore Estate, Empire State Building, The Pentagon, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Colors in limestone vary because groundwater that moves through fractures change the gray to buff due to oxidation of trace amounts of organic matter and iron in the stone.
  • Indiana Limestone is a freestone, which means that it has no preferential direction of splitting. It can be planed, turned on a lathe, sawed, and hand worked, making it highly versatile.