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The Benefits of Choosing Cultured Stone Over Natural Stone

Posted on 25 Oct 2023

What is Cultured Stone?

Cultured Stone is a type of manmade stone veneer often used to add aesthetic appeal to a space. It can be applied to both interior and exterior walls, and is mainly used to create a feature or accent wall.

Cultured Stone is modelled from natural stone but contains up to 54 per cent recycled content. Cultured Stone is also lighter in weight and more affordable than natural stone, making it a more accessible material.

Cultured Stone product range

Types of Cultured Stone

There are six types of Cultured Stone you can choose from when deciding what’s best for your home.

Coral Stone

The delicate fossil patterns and unique surface characteristics of Coral Stone cladding complement contemporary architecture and design. It can be installed in a random ashlar or repeating pattern, and with its sand-coloured, beachy texture, is perfectly suited to a coastal-inspired home.

Visit the Coral Stone product page

Country Ledgestone

The extensive palette of installer-friendly Country Ledgestone stone veneer differentiates one ledgestone from another. It also provides a more subtle blend of colour, from creamy whites to a mottled, coffee-coloured blend. For a bolder, more random look, pair with Dressed Fieldstone stone cladding in matching or complementary colours.

Country Ledgestone product page

Dressed Fieldstone

The rugged look of Dressed Fieldstone stone cladding complements any natural environment, as its rich texture and range of colours enhances a multitude of house styles. For a softer look, pair either (or both!) of the two biscuit-coloured Dressed Fieldstone options with a matching or complementary colour in the Country Ledgestone range.

Visit the Dressed Fieldstone product page

Pro-Fit™ Alpine Ledgestone

Pro-Fit™ Alpine Ledgestone stone cladding provides a rustic outdoor look that’s easy to install. This precise, rugged ledgestone texture provides colour and shadow for a variety of design opportunities in one ash-grey package.

Visit the Pro-Fit Alpine Ledgestone product page

Pro-Fit™ Ledgestone

Here's a practical way to achieve a custom look in a creamy white or cool grey tone. Small-scale, low-relief stone claddings are meticulously bundled together to form modular components of equal heights. The component pieces feature a patented interlocking mortar groove for a secure adhesion without grouted joints.

Visit the Pro-Fit Ledgestone product page

Southern Ledgestone

Southern Ledgestone stone cladding offers a rugged and informal appeal with its rough texture and deliberate irregularity. Tight-fitted or mortared, and available in three dark, tonal shades, Southern Ledgestone can be used to achieve a number of unique looks.

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Uses

Cultured Stone is often used as a featured element within a space. Its textured look is a popular choice to make a home feel unique and elegant.

Why choose Cultured Stone over natural stone

While both cultured and natural stone have their benefits, Cultured Stone does have a few stand-out features over natural stone.

Lightweight

Cultured Stone weighs much less than natural stone, allowing it to be used on a wider range of surfaces.

Versatile

Using Cultured Stone provides a very affordable way to create the exact look you’re after when using it as a feature product.

Affordability

Cultured Stone is much more affordable than natural stone.

The benefits of choosing Cultured Stone

Achieves the look of natural stone

Each unit of Cultured Stone is cast in moulds taken from natural stone, and is then meticulously hand-coloured with liquid oxides to achieve a natural look and feel.

With this painstaking care and artistry, Cultured Stone achieves the depth, complexity of colour, pattern and unique texture of natural stone.

Design flexibility

With six distinct ranges and a diverse palette of colours, there are numerous options for size, shape, colour and texture, providing the artistic freedom to create a truly personalised look.

Cultured Stone is being used more and more in WA, and has quickly become a favourite amongst builders and designers alike as it adds a unique and elegant finish to your home.

Beauty that enhances any space

Cultured Stone lets you spend more time creating the look you want. Whether you prefer rugged or refined, subtle or striking, Cultured Stone cladding is an affordable way to create a look that complements any style.

The natural beauty of Cultured Stone works in harmony with other building materials such as brick, timber and glass to create design features with dramatic visual appeal. With a versatility that extends from feature walls to fireplaces and water features to wine cellars, the beauty of Cultured Stone - both indoors and out - is inspiring.

Stand out from the crowd

Make an impact on your project by adding definition and differentiation with a Cultured Stone feature. Create a style that adds weight, drama and originality.

Cultured Stone is more sustainable

While there is a unique beauty to natural stone, Cultured Stone is much more eco-friendly as natural resources aren’t being exhausted to produce it.

In all Cultured Stone products, there is a minimum of 54 per cent recycled materials.

Cost of Cultured Stone vs natural stone

Cultured Stone allows you to achieve the look you are after, and is much more affordable when compared to natural stone.

Cultured Stone is made with partially recycled materials

At Midland Brick we are committed to developing and improving products that work for tomorrow, not just today. In all our Cultured Stone products, there is a minimum of 54 per cent recycled content.

Low maintenance

Once installed, Cultured Stone cladding is virtually maintenance-free. There is no painting, coating and sealing required after installation.

Download our comprehensive Cultured Stone brochure

Cultured Stone installation

If you like a nice DIY project, you can install Cultured Stone yourself. Find out more about the installation process, tips, and tricks in our Cultured Stone technical manual

If you’d prefer to have your Cultured Stone installed professionally, visit our website to find an installer in your local area.

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Does Cultured Stone need to be sealed?

Cultured Stone can be sealed, however it’s not a required part of the installation process.

Some people choose to add a sealer, which can be used to help prevent staining in applications prone to smoke, soot, dirt or water splashing.

Cultured Stone warranty

Cultured Stone is engineered to last, maintaining its beauty and strength for at least 50 years*. Furthermore, Cultured Stone cladding does not require painting, coating or sealing after installation.**

*50 year (limited) warranty. Please refer to the full warranty available at the time of supply. **See Technical Information Guide for applications prone to smoke, soot, dirt or water splashing.

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