What is stone veneer?
Stone veneer can be made from natural or manufactured stone. Here at Ricardo’s we carry only the natural stone version made right here in the USA. Natural stone is cut to an exacting thickness and weight, which is uniform regardless of the number of pieces you order.
What are the advantages of natural stone veneer?
- Stone veneer is durable, since its’ real stone it will not fade or crack.
- Made by mother nature, it looks perfectly natural right down to it’s unique shapes and sizes.
- It’s not nearly as heavy as lugging in real stone, so there is no need for wall ties or footings etc.
- By the project stone veneer most like will take less time to install than it would natural stone.
Boston Blend™ Mosaic Thin Stone Veneer consists of irregular pieces of natural stone used for facing, cladding and siding. The shapes of this natural stone consist of triangles, octagons and somewhat square pieces.
Where can stone veneer be used?
Veneer is used as stone siding for interior and exterior walls, cladding, chimneys, fireplaces, foundations, wine cellars, columns, hard-scapes and any other decorative feature for both residential and commercial architectural construction applications.
Stone veneer can really spice up a room when placed on one wall. Perfect wall to accent with a wine rack, or bench etc.
Same applies to the outside of a home, where you’ll find stone veneer being used along the front side of a home wrapping around a den window for example.
As shown above in the bullet points, stone Veneer is lightweight, (about 15pounds per square foot), and generally lower cost over real stone. Being lighter in weight can have it’s advantage, eliminating the need for structural support is one. Which means you can place it on that wall in your office or home that you really don’t know what else to put there.
Let us help you in crafting an all natural, real stone veneer from Historic New England Fieldstone and other all natural stone products. Contact us today!
Wood pellets require an initial investment in a pellet-burning stove. However, wood pellet stoves are widely considered the most efficient stoves on the market, offering you long-term cost-savings. They often exceed 80% efficiency ratings and emit 50% to 60% less pollution than conventional heating methods.
Made from sawdust, wood chips, paper waste and other organic raw materials, wood stove pellets are clean and an eco-friendly alternative to traditional heating fuels. They’re even a better alternative to other organic fuels such as corn. When comparing corn versus wood stove pellets, a big factor to consider is the ease of storing. Pellets are easily stored in any dry area, whereas corn can attract rodents, birds, squirrels and other vermin, making storage more of a challenge.
Made from compacted organic raw materials—including sawdust, bark, wood chips, waste paper and agricultural crop waste—wood pellets are an effective clean energy alternative to fossil fuels and a renewable energy resource.
The raw organic materials are prepped by removing any small particles of metal or stone and are then reduced into small pieces with a hammer mill or shredder. The material is then dried until it is free of most moisture.
Wood stove pellets are then put into a compression device called a pellet mill. Heat and pressure are used to bind the material—whether it’s sawdust, bark, wood chips or some other product—into its pellet shape. Each material is different, as the density of the wood stove pellet affects its combustion efficiency and, therefore, how clean it burns and how effectively it heats your home.
Before the 20th century, there weren’t tons of options for heating homes: 90% of Americans used wood. Luckily today we have choices, including a renewable clean energy alternative that is a cost-effective and easier alternative to fossil fuels: wood stove pellets.
Wood pellets have seen relatively stable pricing compared to fossil fuel prices, which, especially over the past few years, tend to fluctuate. In fact, when adjusting for inflation, pellet prices are about the same today as they were 10 years ago. When it comes to wood pellets vs other fuels, no other source of energy allows you to get more heat for less money out of renewable resources.