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Grand Canyon Thin Veneer

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Grand Canyon thin Veneer, hard limestone, good near water

Grand Canyon Thin Veneer

Regular and Special Corners

Grand Canyon "Tile Stone" (FYI, Tile Stone is cut from the flagstone face, versus the ledge face, of the stone).  It is still considered a "thin stone," under 15 lbs. per square foot.

The tiles vary in thickness from approx 1/2" - 3/4" thick and the way the pattern works is a follows:
  • The current product is palletized as 1 meter by 1 meter. (39 3/8" x 39 3/8")
  • In one direction you can see that the rows are in (5) specific widths.
    • Those widths are : 25 cm, 10 cm, 30 cm, 15 cm and 20 cm.
    • that equates to approx : 10", 4", 12", 6" and 8", in the same order - rounded just a bit +/-
  • In the other direction the pieces are random lengths that combined will equal 1 meter in length
  • looking at the photos will make this quite easy to understand.
  • The tile stone can be used for either horizontal (paving) or vertical (veneer) work
  • the current packaging has (1) pallet = 20 sq. meters, with 20 layers of 1 meter by 1 meter
  • a square meter is 10.5 sq. feet, therefore one pallet is 210 square feet**
  • there are 20 layers on the pallet with horizontal supports between the 10th and 11th layer; and we have had no breakage
  • the average pallet weight is 2,200 lbs.

Why Has The Market Moved From Installing Full Bed Ledge Stone to Real Stone Thin Veneer?
Why, because the end use consumer is getting a better deal.  The final cost of installing natural stone on personal residence or commercial building is the cost of both the stone and the labor combined.  That cost equation has pushed the market from installing full bed depth natural stone in years gone by, to the majority of the market being the installation of natural stone thin veneer.
Natural stone thin veneer is is the real deal.  It is just fabricated REAL STONE, either in a "processing plant," or occasionally "on the job."  Unlike fake (aka "cultured," or "manufactured") stone, which is made of concrete, plaster and paint products - real stone "thin veneer" is a sawn off portion of the real version of the full stone (100% made by nature).  It has all the properties of the full bed stone; including its hardness, color and natural beauty.  It will not fade or deteriorate like the man made imitations.  If fabricated in a high quality environment, the "processor" will normally saw off the the front and rear "rise" of the natural ledgestone.  Picture taking a brick shaped piece of a full size stone and sawing off the front and back "faces" to yield a natural face, and natural surface top, bottom and ends.  The normal specification is for the stone to have a new thickness of approximately 1" - 1 3/8" and a maximum weight of under 15 lbs per square foot.  Natural looking "corners" are achieved the same way - however more waste is involved if the product is high enough quality to be sawn to have all natural ends.  Again, imagine a brick shaped piece of natural ledge stone, look down at it from a top view, and imagine cutting one "L" shape corner out of it.  The rest of the piece is scrap if it is to have all natural exposed surfaces.
At our company, as a quarrier of natural stone, and also a fabricator of natural stone thin veneer, we don't really care which product is being sold - but the reality is that the consumer has pushed the market towards natural stone thin veneer because the total job cost is less expensive doing it that way.  It all makes perfect sense, dollars and cents!
The Thin Veneer Store has been designed as a place for the general public, home owners, contractors, and builders, to purchase real stone thin veneer directly from the source. Our parent company, Stone Direct International, LLC has been supplying stoneyards and building material companies for over a decade. Our main business model has not changed and we will continue to protect our valued dealers. However, we realize that there are a lot of consumers in the USA and Canada, and possibly beyond, that we do not reach with our current dealer network. The internet has certainly changed the reach of conventional marketing. There may be some individual people, that inquire because of this website, that we will have to decline to sell to directly due to a conflict with our loyalty to dealers. However, if you are serious about your project with natural stone thin veneer, and your job is at least 500 sq. feet and/or linear feet, we encourage you to inquire through e-mail or phone. 
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