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.