Natural Stone vs. Manufactured Stone


What is natural stone?  Natural stone is thousands of years old. It is quarried from the earth and has gone through many natural changes over time. Contrast this with manufactured stone, which is cast to simulate different types of natural cut stone. Why does it matter?

Let’s highlight why natural stone is considered advantageous. It is relatively strong, stable, timeless, and durable, as witnessed by monuments and works of art that are centuries old and have aged wonderfully. Natural stone will appreciate in value when used properly, is very eco-friendly, will resist natural elements, requires minimal maintenance, and offers almost limitless design options.  What’s not to love?

Golden-Limestone-Home_Loc1_Shot3_16x9Natural stone comes in various shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and patterns. There is a stone that is perfect for almost every application out there. It can be considered a one-of-a-kind building material, and in fact, hand-carved natural stone is a true work of art!

It is impossible to find exactly matching natural stone slabs or architectural elements. In that way, stone is similar to fingerprints, in that no one has the same fingerprint, and that is something that makes us one of a kind. There are many natural causes that affect the graining and coloration of stone over time. They include mineral deposits, underground springs, temperature, and seismic shifts. These occurrences are impossible to re-create and can only be done by Mother Nature herself. All of the “imperfections,” what we like to think of as character, are unique reflections of the stone’s “life.”

The character of natural stone is what makes manufactured stone less attractive.  It simply cannot achieve the same level of detail as natural stone. There is only so much you can capture with the molds that produce the product.

The designers at Table Rock Company will work to assist you in creating your own natural stone design. Stop in and visit us! BTW……..all the images in this post are… guessed it……Natural Stone!