7 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANUFACTURED AND NATURAL STONE
DIFFERENCE #1: SOURCE AND MATERIALS.
As the name suggests, this type of stone is quarried from the Earth. For a stone to be considered 100% natural, it should not contain artificial component/substance of any sort for example coloring agent and adhesive. Natural stone is possibly used in its natural shape or carved into specific dimension such as block, triangle, trapezium, circular, etc. Some of the most popular examples include marble, sandstone, onyx, and quartzite. Natural stone can be polished and refined for various purposes including structure support enhancement, building materials, and decorations or masonry covering.
Artificial type of stone made by a combination of cement, aggregates, and natural pigmented dyes. All ingredients are mixed together and poured into molds of various shapes and sizes. This type of stone veneer is also often referred to as cultured or manmade stone. Manufactured stone is more predictable and installer friendly. It is lightweight and easier to cut, making the material less wasteful and more practical.