Here are a few of your frequently asked questions. We will be adding more as answers as we get feedback.
What is the weight and thickness of your stone?
The full bed depth stone (full veneer which requires a footing) is split to a thickness of 3.5-4.5 inches. The coverage, depending on the size of mortar joints, is 35-40 square foot per ton. The thin veneer stone (does not require a footing) is cut at 3/4-1.5 inches and it covers approximately 170 square foot per ton. Again, this depends on the size of the mortar joint.
Is this a cultured stone or real stone and what is the difference?
We only process real stone quarried in the state of Michigan. Stone was the building material used in the construction of the cathedrals and colosseums. Natural stone was created not fabricated. It has a timeless, forever feel with endless creative possibilities.
Cultured stone is made of a light weight concrete with a dye or paint on it. Faux stone, when chipped, allows you to see the concrete that is under the paint, Its beauty is only skin deep.
Disclaimer: We own a natural stone company, We are a little biased.
Can I buy my stone directly from you?
The short answer is, no. We have an arrangement with our stores that we will not sell directly to the customer. Our partner stores have invested a lot of time and resources in promoting our products. We have invested a lot of time and effort to earn their trust.
If you live outside the state of Michigan, and there isn't a store near you, we will do what we can to help you out.
Can we come to the farm to help in the selection process?
My bride and I would love to have you stop by. We are here to help out any way we can. We wear many hats and are not always here. Appointments assure you our undivided attention.
Can your stone be used inside and on the outside?
Our stone can be used anywhere that it can be properly supported. The full bed stone needs a footing, where as the thin veneer doesn't. That being said thin veneer gives you much more freedom in your design. Our stone is cut to meet the weight restrictions of properly constructed structures.
A quality builder or mason will know the proper installation procedure and local codes. There are steps taken in exterior installations that manage any potential water penetration that could damage the structure. Every exterior product has its own process, from typical siding to brick veneers.
If you are installing the product yourself, a call to the local building inspector and/or the store you purchased the stone from can help you out.