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Natural and Manufactured Stone Veneer
Stone Veneer is among the most pervasive trends in lanscaping and building
History is full of trends and cycles especially when it comes to architecture and home aesthetics. Ever since the construction of the Roman Coliseum in antiquity, stones have been used to emphasize the power of the natural world in architecture. Today, the use of stone veneer is coming back in style around the Hudson Valley. The term “stone veneer” may automatically bring to mind the image of manufactured or “faux” stone in the minds of many customers and home remodelers, however the manufacturing process behind the stone veneer product does not necessarily mean the stones themselves aren’t genuine. There are indeed two types of stone veneer available in the marketplace, both manufactured and natural stone veneer provide customers with a similar look that can immediately breathe new life into any landscape, outdoor patio, or home siding project. With the advent of new stone cutting systems, stone veneer projects are more accessible and less labor intensive than they have ever been before. Today, manufactured stone is made by using a unique concrete mixture that is poured into a variety of rubber mouldings that feature different pigments that are blended together in a streamlined process that allows the manufactured stones to maintain the integrity of actual carved stone. The look is one thing, but manufactured stone’s lightweight constitution means the veneers are as versatile as any construction material in the industry. Even natural stone veneer has benefited from modern processes that cut them into thin slabs, reducing the time and effort it takes to transport them from site to site. At Ghent Wood Products, we offer a variety of stone veneers as well as natural stone slabs including Fieldstone, Thermal Bluestone, and Colonial stone.
Let’s Talk About Laminate: LVL Lumber and its Muscle
LVL provides the unique strength for large scale projects
Sometimes projects require an extra engineering touch, when installing trusses, force support is critical. At Ghent Wood Products we offer specialized Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) for the kind of architectural support necessary for any scale building project. LVL has been a crucial component for industrial renovation projects for years, used as a component for heavy duty installs including load bearing columns and ring beams as well as complex framing projects that require-either by customer choice or the environment where the home will be built-the kind of fortitude to withstand extreme weather conditions. Laminated Veneer Lumber is produced by using adhesives to glue together thin beams of wood according to focused specifications that make LVL a more efficient form of milled lumber than other types of lumber that one might consider. When tackling any home construction project that include considerations for heavy, load bearing support, choose the kind of lumber at Ghent Wood Products that can sustain the stress of force support and remains the most resistant to warping in the tough Upstate New York weather cycle. And if you’d like to learn more, take a look at this interesting and helpful YouTube video about LVLs.
Siberian Larch Wood
Grown in the mythical forests of Siberia, in Russia, the titular giant conifer represents the rugged resilience of the landscape where it was born. Siberian Larch is grown slowly in the harsh elements making it one of the most durable softwoods available.
Its aged texture and hearty exterior attract the eyes of customers looking for an honest, rustic finish. Once this timber is kiln dried and planed, the growth rings become more prominent and present one of the most pleasing aesthetics when it comes to wood paneling. Due to Siberian Larch’s high density nature and its enduring resistance to high impact environmental conditions as well as rot, it is perfect for posts, railroad ties, flooring, and decking.
Siberian Larch’s resistance to decay is due in part to its large content of heartwood, a denser, less fallible material than sapwood, Siberian Larch’s large makeup of heartwood remains the most rare among all wood products. Its durability is matched only by its practicality – as it can be easily manufactured and machined for large scale building projects.
If you’re looking for material that not only retains its integrity, but its unique aesthetic for an extended lifetime, our new addition from one of the last frontiers on the planet will satisfy any homeowner or builder looking for their project to fit into the wilderness landscape.
For centuries, structures built in Russia have withstood the test of time and the most brutal winters known to man simply because this “Tree of Eternity” has sheltered the people from the Russian frontier within its unmatched sturdy frame.