What types of thin veneer are Harsh Climate Approved?
The exterior of your home, government, or commercial building faces Mother Nature’s extreme conditions every day. Depending on your location, this could mean anything from bitter cold and snow to scorching heat and hurricanes, not to mention the numerous freeze-thaw cycles that we face here in New England. Because of this, choosing a siding that is durable and long lasting becomes a major concern in the design process.
Natural stone as a building material is the oldest and one of the most durable products that can be used as exterior siding. Stoneyard® Thin Veneer is comprised of all natural stones. The longevity and minimal up-keep required once installed make it the perfect siding product. But not all stone is created equal.
The Stoneyard® HCA Rating System
That is why we have developed the Stoneyard® Harsh Climate Approved (HCA) rating system. Due to the density of minerals such as granite and quartzite, thin veneer that is HCA is perfect for interior and exterior use in any region, including applications below grade. It is also suitable for use in water features, near salt water, and in areas where blowing sand is a concern. Currently, the following thin veneer lines of natural stone are Stoneyard® Harsh Climate Approved: Boston Blend (predominantly Quartzite), Colonial Tan (predominantly Quartzite), Greenwich Gray (predominantly Quartzite), Oyster Bay (predominantly Quartzite), Newport Mist (predominantly Quartzite), Vineyard Granite (Granite), and Coastal Sand (predominantly Quartzite).
So before deciding on the stone for your exterior siding, make sure that it is Stoneyard® Harsh Climate Approved. Proper installation techniques and the highest quality building material will result in a finished project that will stand the test of time.