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It is rare that beauty can come out of something that most people don’t consider as useful.  The trend in construction is cost effective but esthetically pleasing.  Both Natural and Manufactured Stone can fill both of these needs and wants with the right combination of profile and color.  Never before has there been such a broad spectrum of beautiful Stone products at a reasonable price.

Although Natural Stone is heavier than manufactured stone it is a great alternative. Many people think that Natural Stone is much heavier than the alternatives; but now with thin cut Veneer stone from suppliers such as Kodiak Mountain Stone; weights are much less than traditionally thought.  It used to be that solid full bed stone was the only thing you could install to give you a natural look; but with advances in stone technology; Natural Stone has been cut thinner and thinner and can be installed in the same manor as manufactured stone with it being actual Stone.

Stone demand has gone way up for Kodiak Mountain manufactured stone as well. With the varied selection, different sectors have also jumped on board including landscaping, general construction, residences, interior decorating and of course masons. All enjoy using custom stone in a variety of ways both commercially and residentially. With the lower costs of manufactured stone, and it being more user friendly; new customers are using stone in projects never conceived of before. Basically, people can find the stone that fits their particular need and style.

In choosing Kodiak Mountain Stone; we have innovative materials, coloring pigments and concrete that is molded and manufactured to make it look real and natural. Only people with an intimate knowledge of stone work and a great eye for detail can tell the subtle differences between natural and Kodiak Mountain Stone; which creates more of an appeal with prices being significantly less. Our stone also allows us to use technology; incorporating things like longer durability, stain resistance than some natural stone. The actual molding process is inspired by nature; which makes Kodiak Mountain Stone look so real.

          

Stone: Ready Stack  Color: Alpine    

Kodiak Mountain Stone produces a high quality Manufactured Stone and has a working relationship with many quarries throughout North America and we can make your next fireplace or exterior project look amazing with a broad range of stone colors and styles to fit your taste or your budget.  Feel free to contact us online at  www.kodiakmountain.com

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Question: What are the differences between the natural stone and the manufactured stone products that Kodiak Mountain Stone offers?

Natural Stone vs. Manufactured Stone

Kodiak Mountain Stone, Juniper Ridge Natural Stone fireplace

Kodiak Mountain Stone Manufactured Stone Fireplace

 

Both natural stone and manufactured stone are used to create lasting, beautiful projects.  Kodiak Mountain Stone has a great selection of each and our staff can assist in helping make a decision.  In the end, personal tase and preference may be the deciding factor in choosing natural vs. manufactured stone, but there are a few things to take into consideration when making your choice:

 

 

 

Manufactured Stone 

  1. Cost: In most cases, manufactured stone costs less than natural stone to purchase and install.  With the manufactured stone products that Kodiak Mountain Stone supplies, they are typically very similar in price from one profile to the next.
  2. Weight: Manufactured stone weighs less than natural stone (approx. 10-12 lbs per square foot).  This provides an advantage in the ease and cost of installation.
  3. Easy to Install: Manufactured stone is man-made and thus is designed for the ease of installation.
  4. Coloring: Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone is colored all the way throughout the stone. This means if a stone is damaged or chipped, the coloring on the inside of the stone will match what is seen on the exterior of the stone.

Natural Stone

Kodiak Mountain Stone supplies natural stone that is available in full-set or veneer.  Our most popular natural stone styles that we sell are the veneered stones.  Natural stone veneer is real stone that is either collected (i.e. fieldstone) or is quarried and the stone is then cut to a consistent thickness for use as a veneer.

  1. Strength: Natural stone is strong and durable.  There is a misconception that all natural stone can be used in all climates.  Like manufactured stone, some natural stone products (i.e. certain sandstones) need testing done to ensure they will stand up to the climate they are being used in.  With our stores in Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta we know our customers will face harsh weather conditions.  Natural stone that we sell at Kodiak Mountain Stone will stand up to these conditions
  2. Selection: Kodiak Mountain Stone offers a variety of natural stone products that are brought in from quarries all throughout North America.  Our selection of natural stone is very good and growing all of the time.
  3. Price: Natural stone prices vary due to many factors.  At Kodiak Mountain Stone we have many natural stone profiles that are close to the same pricing as manufactured stone.  However, natural stone typically costs more than manufactured stone, both for product and installation.

Whether you are looking for manufactured or natural stone, Kodiak Mountain Stone will have what you are looking for.  We will help you to find the right product for an elegant, authentic and durable final project that you will be proud of.  There are additional pros and cons to each product beyond what is listed here.  Our intent is to help you become more informed in making a choice.  Please comment and share any knowledge that you may have that would help our customers in making their decision.

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Sometimes certain words or people are  synonymous with one another.  We can think of people like Sonny and Cher; Donny and Marie and things like Peanut Butter and Jelly or Fruits and Vegetables.  With finishing the exterior we can do the exact thing when it comes to Stone and Stucco.  Stone and Stucco can compliment each other in texture, color and over-all appearance.  Some people like to to contrast the two to bring out subtitles while other installers like to bring them together for an overall balanced look.  When done properly Stucco and Stone can be combined to be very effective in an overall presentation.

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Ready Stack Walnut with Stucco and Natural Stone Retaining walls

Kodiak Mountain Stone is an exclusive supplier of Master Wall Stucco products that can be applied to virtually any surface which gives you a nice base to work from and by adding one of our stone products that are natural or manufactured, Stone can be the perfect accent for your project.  We are very unique in that we can Tint your stucco to the color that you want.  If there is a color that you want; we can usually match it so that you get the effect you are looking for by utilizing color and finish.  Usually Stucco comes in an array of muted colors but with us being able to tint it to your specifications; it creates a base to work with so that you can match stone to it.  The stone can add some flavor to the look by picking out subtleties in the stones texture or color that will suit your particular taste.  Many people pick their stucco color and bring a swatch to compare to the stone to make sure it gives them the appearance they are looking for.  Another way to see how this will look is to take a picture of your home; and print out the picture and draw in where you want the stone and the stucco so you have an overall impression.  We at Kodiak Mountain Stone can also provide you with sample boards to take back to your project to see if the style and color of the Stone will complement the look.

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Stone and Stucco combination Ready Stack Glacier

Many people like to use our Ready Stack Almond Buff as their stone choice to complement their Stucco.  Its a style and color that virtually goes with everything and has the right tones and hues that go with the most popular stucco colors.  Our Southern Hackett Granite goes beautiful with the darker Stucco colors and offers a measure of contrast or relief from Dark tones.

Kodiak Mountain Stone can quote your entire stone and stucco project and give you ideas on finishes and styles to make your next project look great!!!

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