NextStone vs Traditional Stone

Updated on March 15, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are NextStone Panels considered superior to traditional stone masonry?

NextStone Panels are superior to traditional stone masonry due to a variety of reasons. They offer easy installation, reduced costs, require no highly skilled or trained labor, are lightweight and can be easily cut and fit around any project size or type.

What makes the installation of NextStone Panels easier compared to traditional stone masonry?

NextStone Panels have a patented 45-degree tongue and groove design that interlocks the panels, reducing the number of screws needed. The top of the panel hides the screws, eliminating the need for caulking and painting. This significantly simplifies the installation process compared to traditional stone masonry.

How cost-effective are NextStone Panels compared to traditional stone masonry?

NextStone Panels are more cost-effective compared to traditional stone masonry. They are lightweight, weighing only 1lb per sq.ft., which eliminates the need for additional materials, equipment, or labor associated with heavy stone. Plus, they come with a 20-year manufacturer warranty.

Do I need to hire a professional for the installation of NextStone Panels?

No, you don’t need to hire a professional. NextStone Panels can be easily installed using staples or screws, without the need for highly skilled or trained labor. This is a significant advantage over traditional stone masonry, which often requires professional installation.

Are NextStone Panels as durable as traditional stone?

Yes, NextStone Panels are made with recycled PVC and are processed with an in-mold coating to prevent fading. They are also reinforced with fire retardants and UV inhibitors for added protection. These properties make them equally durable, if not more so, than traditional stone masonry.

Can NextStone Panels be installed on any surface?

Yes, NextStone Panels can be installed on various surfaces, including foundations, cement, cinder block, metal buildings (with the use of a backerboard), and even brick surfaces with proper preparation and use of appropriate screws.

Can NextStone Panels be installed around fireplace openings?

Yes, they can be installed around fireplace openings, with proper precautions for wood-burning fireplaces. However, it’s always recommended to follow local building codes and regulations.

How do NextStone Panels contribute to energy efficiency?

NextStone Panels have an R-Value of 4.5 per inch of thickness, which means they provide high insulation value. This can significantly reduce the energy costs in your home, providing an advantage over traditional stone masonry.

Can NextStone Panels be used in showers?

Yes, NextStone panels can be installed in showers with the use of a vapor barrier. However, they should be sealed with a clear coat to protect against water and moisture damage.

Can I repaint or recoat my NextStone Panels?

Yes, NextStone panels can be recoated or painted, but the surface must be prepared accordingly. This provides flexibility in changing the look of your panels over time.

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