Cultured Stone® vs. Natural Stone
Visually, there are not many significant differences between manufactured stone and the real deal. Obviously, the quality of the manufactured product is a big factor in how well it will age and, more specifically, how it will hold its color over time. Cheaply produced, low-quality manufactured stone veneers can be susceptible to color fading, especially when exposed to the high intensity sunlight of Southwest Florida. That being said, when properly installed, you can reasonably expect a high-quality manufactured stone to stand the test of time and hold up to weathering for just as long as a natural stone.
Although, as a general rule, manufactured stone is less expensive; it is worth noting that a high-end manufactured stone will likely be comparable in price to a low-quality natural stone of the same variety.
To learn more about manufactured Cultured Stone® veneers, please give our office a call or visit our Marco Island showroom and speak with one of our knowledgeable "Outdoor Design Specialists". They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and can share with you an insider's perspective on the most the recent industry news, design trends and much, much more!