7 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANUFACTURED AND NATURAL STONE
August 10, 2019
DIFFERENCE #3: Dimensions.
There isn’t actually any limitation for size, weight, and thickness of natural stone quarried from the Earth. In the consumer market, however, it typically comes in two sizes including full-size block and veneer size. The former is often used for full-dimension coverage around the size of one or two retaining wall blocks. For veneer-style covering, the stone is cut into multiple slices at ¾-inch to 1¾-inch thick. The face size also varies depending on the type of the stone, but it usually stops at around 18-inch diameter. When it comes to weight, natural stone is much heavier than the manufactured ones.
The thinnest is around 2-inch and the thickest is about 8-inch. Face size ranges up to 14-inch diameter. Manufactured stone is about half the weight of the same-size natural stone, but once again it depends on the type of natural stone used in the comparison.