Thin veneer Indiana Limestone is an increasingly popular choice by the construction industry. The primary reason for this is that while the material maintains the beautiful appearance of full bed depth stone it is thinner and lighter. The thin aspect of the product saves money for several reasons: it uses less raw material to mill, it is less expensive to ship because of the lower weight and it is also faster and easier to install. While there are are differences in the installation procedures between thin veneer and full bed depth stone, visually they are identical. It's use is highly preferable to artificial "cultured" stones because of its natural variability in color and texture adds sophistication to the finished project's appearance.
A thin veneer is any lightweight, thin surface material that can be applied directly to a solid facing. In contrast to full-dimension stone masonry, which ranges upwards of four inches in depth, natural thin stone veneer averages in thickness from 3/4-inch to 1-1/4 inches, and must weigh 15 pounds or less per square foot as mandated by the Uniform Building Code (UBC). The elimination of a load-bearing foundation requirement equates to less engineering costs because of the reduction of structural reinforcements required. Thin stone veneer is ideal for areas that cannot support a heavy load, and it is a viable alternative for projects with limited space. Typically, thin veneer is sold in flat and corner pieces to provide flexibility in design and authenticity in aesthetics, as the product may be wrapped around a column or wall, providing a look similar to full-dimension stone.
Thin veneer Indiana Limestone is a wonderfully attractive and cost effective building material that is the right choice in many situations.