ThinStone™ Basics: Patterns, Cuts, Uses, and More! Natural stone is an extremely popular material option in both residential and commercial construction. However, as a mason or design professional, you likely know first-hand just how costly it can be to incorporate real stone into a client’s project. As beautiful as the finished project can be, stone can also be challenging and cumbersome to work with. Enter ThinStone™, a lightweight veneer option that’s taking the design world by storm. ThinStone™ is made of 100% natural stone but comes in a lightweight and easy-to-install veneer that makes it a practical choice for many of today’s most popular stone applications. Why ThinStone™? ThinStone™ is an excellent and budget-friendly option for many residential and commercial projects because of its thinner and lightweight qualities. It is also easier to install and can be applied over many surfaces, including plywood, concrete block, and drywall. ThinStone™ offers all the benefits of natural stone because it is a natural stone. It’s exceptionally durable, requires very little maintenance, and will only get more beautiful with time, whether it is used indoors or outdoors. And because it is so easy to work with, many clients have found that they enjoy mixing and matching different cuts and styles of ThinStone™ to achieve a truly unique look. Great Applications for ThinStone™ Because ThinStone™ is so versatile, there are many great applications for this beautiful veneer. From indoor and outdoor fireplaces to building façades, shower walls, and everything in between — this material can be used just about anywhere with the right preparation. Working with ThinStone™ When installing ThinStone™, it is recommended that you wear gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles if you’ll be making any cuts to the stone itself. If you’re trying to achieve a more modern and polished look, a diamond blade will yield the best results during the cutting process. And just like when working with any material, it’s always best to measure twice and cut once. Having a good feel for where each veneer piece will be installed ahead of time is also important because once a stone is applied to a surface with mortar, its bond cannot be broken. Bonus tip: Many installers find that using mortar in different thicknesses is a great way to create varying depths and create more visual interest. At Connecticut Stone, we recommend using Spec Mix VM 04 mortar. ThinStone™ Offerings from Connecticut Stone At Connecticut Stone, we offer more than 80 different ThinStone™ colors and patterns for you and your clients to choose from, including our popular (and indigenous) Connecticut Split Fieldstone and CT Weathered Fieldstone. We’re also able to prepare and create custom blends and sizes — so if your client has something very specific in mind, we can help make it a reality. Our custom blending services can be an incredibly useful option if your client has approached you with an online inspiration photo that you’re looking to recreate as closely as possible! Find out more about our ThinStone™ offerings today by contacting our experienced and knowledgeable team. We also invite you to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom and take a look at some samples in person. We look forward to working with you and your clients to create a stunning finished product!