FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers


Stone Questions

Is Stoneyard™ Thin Veneer real stone?

Yes. The stone was formed in New England and the East Coast of the U.S. during the last ice age. It is as real as it gets. 

How is Stoneyard® Thin Veneer packaged?

Flats are packaged in 168 square foot crates or 5 square foot boxes.  

Corners are packaged in 150 linear foot crates, 75 linear foot crates, or 5 linear foot boxes.


What is Stoneyard® Boston Blend? Is it a specialized blend? Controlled blend?

It is a generalized mix of dense quartzite conglomerate and granite natural stone found in New England. It is by far our most popular natural stone thin veneer. By using a blend of colors, it goes visually with many adjacent colors and is the perfect stone blend to choose if at some point in the future the adjacent colors may change with a new home or business owner, or a new generation of your family. 



Can you blend or mix different colors or shapes of Stoneyard® Thin Veneer?

Yes by purchasing in increments of 5 sf or 168 sf. If you are ordering crates of Boston Blend™ Thin Veneer, for example, you can order an additional crate (168 sf) of Greenwich Grey or Colonial Tan to add more grey or tan to the mix to achieve the desired color blend. 


What are the ASTM specifications and physical properties of your stone?

For architects, designers and builders, please review our technical specifications for complete information.


Where does your stone come from?

Our most popular thin veneer stone is crafted from natural stone from farms/quarries throughout New England within 100 miles of Littleton, MA. 

How do I order samples of thin veneer?

We would be happy to mail some pieces out to you. Order samples on the individual product page for the stone you are interested in. Seeing the actual stone will help you compare color and texture. 


How does Stoneyard™ Thin Veneer differ from Stoneyard™ Building Veneer?



What is the size difference between natural stone Thin Veneer and Building Veneer?

Thickness. Thin veneer is between .75" and 1.25" thick. Building veneer is 3" - 5" thick. 


How much does Stoneyard® natural stone Thin Veneer weigh?

14 lbs/sf or less (average of 13 lbs). 


How much does Stoneyard® natural stone Building Veneer weigh?

Building Veneer is 4 times heavier than Thin Veneer weighing in at 60 lbs/sf. 


Does Stoneyard™ Thin Veneer come in panels or individual stones?

Our natural thin veneer stones are individual stones. We also have stone panels


Who endorses your stone?

We craft our stone for the builders, architects, masons, and project owners that want the finest Historic Fieldstone from New England. Check out the feedback section for text and videos from folks who stand behind our craftsmanship.


Are there any books available on working with stone and stone walls?

Yes, here are a few we recommend:

  • "The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls" by Kevin Gardner, et al, available in book stores and at Amazon.com. 
  • "Ten Landscapes" Stephen Stimson Associates ISBN # 1-564-96-858-8 $25.00 Available at Amazon.com.

 Project Questions

How do I install Thin Veneer?

Please read Installing Thin Stone Veneer for more information.

What tools should I use? 

 STONEYARD Thin Stone Veneer Installation Tools Demo
  • Watch as David Croteau of STONEYARD® demonstrates the use of some amazing new Thin Stone Veneer installation tools: Thin Stone Veneer Hammer and Steel Base Splitter. 


How do I calculate my stone requirements?

Use our on-line product calculators to determine coverage or send us  project details and plans using our contact form.


How do I install a dry laid fieldstone retaining wall?

Here is an article to read: How to Install a Dry Laid Fieldstone Retaining Wall.

How do I bond thin veneer stone to metal, such as a metal fireplace surround? 


Do I need corner pieces when installing thin veneer?

It you are covering a corner with stone then...yes. Our natural stone thin veneer corners give your project the appearance of full thickness stone.


How many square feet do thin veneer corners cover?

For each linear foot of corners installed you will get approximately 0.75 SF of coverage.


How much waste/trimming is involved when installing thin veneer?

See this article: How to Calculate the Amount of Material Needed for Thin Stone Installations article


How do I cut Thin Veneer when trimming is necessary?


What kind of blade/tool do I need to cut your stone?

A diamond blade on a right angle grinder or wet saw. We recommend installation by a Certified Thin Veneer Installer


What installation system do you recommend?



Do I need to point in between stones in a dry-laid application?

With the LATICRETE system you do not need to point.


Can you install dry-laid on exterior applications?

Yes with LATICRETE MVIS Premium Veneer Mortar.


Does the Thin Veneer need to be installed with a masonry shelf?

No masonry shelf is needed. Stoneyard™ Thin Veneer can be installed directly on cement board or brick. 


How warm does it need to be to install Stoneyard™ Thin Veneer in exterior applications?

The temperature needs to remain at 40 degrees or higher for 72 hours to cure.  We can recommend Laticrete Hi Bond Rapid which will speed up the cure time, but 72 hours is still advised.

There is a simple rule to follow when the temperature is low during installation: The 18º (8 ºC) Rule – for every 18ºF below 70ºF (8ºC below 21ºC), portland cement and epoxy based materials take twice as long to cure.


How to Create a Thin Stone Veneer Mockup

David Croteau, owner and mason at Stoneyard®, explains the steps needed to create a full-scale mockup for customer approval prior to installing thin veneer in this 4-part video series: How to create a Thin Veneer Mockup

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