In 2003, Dan Sawyer started Foster Masonry, specializing in exterior hard scapes for homeowners in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. During this time, he saw the need for commercial stone veneer, so he bought the molds to start manufacturing his own stone in-house.
For the next few years, creating the perfect stone veneer became Dan’s obsession — working as a weekend “scientist” to create his own stone blends through trial and error. From that research, Foster Rock Veneer was born.
To create the most realistic, high-quality veneer on the market, we decided to create our own detailed molds from natural stone taken from fields and quarries. We use the highest quality rubber, designed to pull out every detail that you’d find in natural stone.
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Why Foster Rock Veneer?
It takes a lot of labor to harvest real stone. Plus, it’s heavy, making it more difficult to ship and install. Because of this, stone veneer is often a more cost-effective alternative.
Unlike real stone, veneer can be applied to nearly any surface that is found in and around your home or commercial structure. It goes up quickly and can be installed on wood, cement, brick, metal, and more.
Stone veneer is considerably lighter than stone, making the installation process much easier. No special foundation or footers are required and the transportation process is far less complicated than moving real stone.
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At Foster Rock Veneer, we always surpass the competition. After 20+ years of laying stone and stone veneer, we have a deep understanding of the process. From mixing the veneer to preparing the surface before application, we know exactly what needs to happen to make your installation a success — and that’s what we deliver every time.
Care & Maintenance
When cleaning manufactured veneer, it is imperative that no harsh chemicals such as acid, bleach, graffiti remover, or any chemical claiming to remove stains from concrete, pavers, porcelain or tile be used. Never use a pressure washer or wire brushes to clean veneer units.
When cleaning manufactured veneer, use a soft brush or a deck brush. Water the area to be cleaned first and then mix dishwashing soap in a bucket with water and apply using a soft brush. Rinse with clean water and let the area dry completely to see if stains are removed. If the stain still exists but shows signs of improvement, check the stone colors of cleaned area and if the stones are consistent with other surrounding stones, you many clean the affected area one final time.
Tip: To minimize staining of stones from mud splatter due to rainfall, purchase a bail of straw or hay and lay around perimeter of structure to receive stone.
At Foster Rock Veneer, we use the most advanced chemicals that greatly reduce the chances of efflorescence. Efflorescence is normally visible in the form of a white chalky residue and occurs when salt comes to the surface of a porous material such as brick, block and stone. This phenomenon will also occur in a natural stone setting, most likely occurring from the mortar around and behind the stone. If you happen to have this occur with Foster Rock Veneer, please do not attempt to clean it as time is the best solution when dealing with manufactured stone. To learn more about efflorescence, please read the following article from the National Concrete Masonry Association; however, do not act on their cleaning processes as damage can occur to the manufactured stone.
What is manufactured stone veneer?
You’ve likely seen and admired stone veneer — even if you didn’t realize it.
The stunning entryway of the home down the street, the amazing outdoor fireplace pictured on your favorite home-design website, or the accent wall in your friend’s in-home bar — stone veneer is all around you!
Stone veneer is made from lightweight aggregates mixed with iron oxides for color, and poured into molds to create pieces that mimic the look of real stone. From there, they’re made into individual “stones” or panels.
Stone veneer is cost-effective, light, and easy to install on any surface, making it a smart solution for your home or building project.