The Beauty Of Cultured Stone

Cultured or manufactured stone (also called stone veneer) is a growing industry, and rightfully so. If you have ever dreamed of decorating your landscape in Old World style, or going modern, or creating the perfect rock garden and grotto or the ultimate, Middle Eastern style pool, cultured stone is what you need.

Regardless of your desired creation, cultured stone offers something for everyone, and mixes well with wood and metal, offering a perfect balance worthy of even the most meticulous followers of Feng Shui.

Many companies now manufacture stone, taking great pains to ensure the quality. One of the most important factors in manufacturing stone veneer is to ensure that the colour patterns have a natural look to them. As a general rule, stone veneer is most often indistinguishable from natural stone.

But why would you want artificially-made stone to begin with, beautiful or not? There are actually several advantages to choosing stone veneer over natural stone. Here are some pros and cons for both:

Natural Stone:


  • Extremely durable
  • Offers both thick and thin veneer
  • May be used for more than one application
  • Back up walls are not required
  • Large selection of colours and styles


  • Natural stone is quite costly, especially thick veneer
  • The installation process is very time consuming and can be difficult

Cultured Stone:


  • Improves the look of your landscape and may even be more attractive than natural stone veneer
  • Increases the value of your property
  • Multiple designs and colours available
  • Veneer is light weight in spite of heavy appearance
  • Relatively simple to install
  • Much lower cost than natural stone


  • Cultured stone is painted concrete and can be damaged more easily
  • While cost is lower overall, corner pieces are still expensive
  • When it is out of stock, cultured stone may be on back order for several weeks as it takes time to manufacture it

As you see there are advantages and disadvantages to both; but more and more homeowners are ultimately choosing cultured stone for their landscapes, because there are so many great possibilities with it. Besides, it is far less expensive, which means you will be able to save money and potentially use more of your budget for other important details on your landscape.

Regardless of what you choose, you can count on us. We offer services in Calgary and Edmonton (and surrounding areas such as Sherwood Park). Our experts at Little Creek Landscaping are here to help you make the right decision for your needs.

Keep bringing your outdoor dreams to life!