Posts Tagged ‘renovate’


I have been considering for quite some time to refinish my fireplace.  I have tile on there now and would like to go with Mountain Valley Blend Natural Stone from Kodiak Mountain Stone .  I am concerned that natural stone is too heavy and I have to reinforce my main floor; is this true?


Although Natural Stone is heavier than tiles or manufactured stone it is a great alternative. Many people think that Natural Sone 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.

Each case is different depending on how much stone is being applied and the over all size and weight of the project.  There is also the preparation to consider for weight including the weight of a scratch coat and mortar and any other accessories added.  Surface preparation is always key including waterproofing(on exterior applications) as well as making sure the project can hold additional weights(floors walls etc).

Structural integrity should always be considered in any stone project and especially on older houses.  A rule of thumb with natural stone is about 2.5 times the weight of manufactured products(which is about 10 lbs/ sq ft).  We at Kodiak Mountain Stone have a broad range of natural thin veneer stone for your interior or exterior products.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.




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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:

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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.

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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

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.

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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.


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.


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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