Construction companies and DIY’ers are making the switch that many never thought would happen: they’re going from solid materials like stone, brick, and wood to using veneer instead. There are lots of reasons why this is happening. First, veneer is durable and costs much less to build with and to insure. What’s more, veneer is also easy to clean and won’t suffer the effects of aging as some solid wood pieces would. Keep reading to find out more about this technique with our guide to construction veneer below.
What Is a Veneer in Construction?
In construction, veneer is a thin piece of material that is fixed to either side of particleboard, manufactured wood, concrete, or a metal frame. Basically, it’s a way to give the look of a certain material without using that material for an entire piece of furniture or wall.
Examples of Veneers
There isn’t only one type of veneer. In fact, it can be used for several different materials. Below, we’ll talk some more about what those types of veneers are and how long each one lasts.
- Real Stone: Natural stone veneer can give a home fantastic curb appeal. Because stone veneer is made up of mostly concrete, it’s very durable and will stand up to all sorts of weather conditions. A real stone veneer on a home can last up to 50 years.
- Cultured Stone: Cultured stone veneer is made up of a manufactured stone that is almost entirely concrete. This makes cultured stone even more durable than real stone veneer. Cultured stone veneer can last up to 75 years if it is good quality and well maintained!
- Faux Brick: Brick veneer is usually added as siding on a home over a metal frame. But it could also make a great accent wall on the inside of your home, too. Since it’s not made of cold brick, brick veneer provides much better insulation than real brick. That being said, a brick veneer probably isn’t the best choice if you live in an area with heavy rainfall. A faux brick veneer on the outside of your home can last for several years.
- Wood Veneer: Wood veneer is most common for wooden furniture such as desks, tables, and chairs. Wood veneer is extremely beautiful and easy to use, meaning that designers can create a variety of fun designs with it. This material also won’t be subject to the distress of time that solid wood normally goes through, meaning it will be free of any warping or splitting.
Our Quality Distributors
RES Contracting uses only the highest quality materials in our work. Here are some of our trusted distributors for stone, brick, and wood veneers.
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