Question: Is this manufactured stone, natural stone and brick just for exterior use, or can we use it for interior projects too?
This past week we had the Kodiak Mountain Stone booth set up at the Calgary Home and Garden Show in Calgary, Alberta. Whether people were looking at our manufactured stone, our natural stone, our brick or our acrylic stucco, the same recurring question came up time and again. “Can this ___________ (fill in the blank with stone, brick or stucco) be used inside our house, or is it just for the outside?”
Yes it can! All of our products can and are used on both exterior and interior projects. Inside, our stone and brick are often used on fireplaces, feature walls and back splashes.
Manufactured Stone & Natural Stone:
Our stone products are used on interior projects frequently. One item to take into consideration when you are deciding between manufactured stone and natural stone on an interior project is the weight of the stone
itself. Manufactured stone will typically weight between 10-12 lbs. Natural stone veneer may be double that weight or more. With either product it is a good idea to plan the project out with the help of an engineer. With manufactured stone you shouldn’t have any problems or issues with the added weight on a wall or fireplace. However, when it comes to natural stone on interior applications you need to pay a little more attention to the weight of the project. Depending on the amount of natural stone you will be using, you will need to ensure that the supporting structures are properly reinforced.
Brick is also commonly used on inside projects. A common trend that we are seeing is the use of thin brick veneer on feature walls, fireplaces, etc. The brick that we supply can be cut into thin brick slices for such projects. These brick can be cut for both the flat surfaces as well as for corner pieces. Our staff at either of our stores in Calgary or Lethbridge can help you out and show you how this works, or you can contact us for more information at 877-563-4252.
Acrylic Stucco is a little different from brick and stone in it’s use as an interior product. Not many people would turn to a stucco product for inside, but it has actually been a trend we have seen growing more and more in the past couple of years. We have some acrylic stucco products that have become very popular for flooring, specifically garage flooring. We have also developed some smooth finishes that are being used on interior walls.
When you are building or renovating your options are endless. Don’t limit yourself to the status quo. Just because you see something that you think may be an exterior product doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to add that special touch on the inside too.