Ledgestone (also known as ledger stone or stacked stone) may be trending right now, but its beauty has gone back years and years. The only real difference between then and now is that nowadays, you can achieve the ledgestone look using a stone veneer instead of having to lay and grout in each stone individually. So what is ledgestone, and why is it so popular? Today we’ll hopefully answer all of your questions about how this fantastic material can upgrade your home.
What is ledgestone?
Ledgestone is a stacked veneer of rocks of varying sizes and shapes mounted onto a mesh panel that can be adhered to many different surfaces. The little rock slabs vary in thickness, which creates dramatic shadows that add movement and intrigue to any space. Ledgestone can be used as outdoor siding, indoor wall coverings or backsplashes, or even to surround appliances like grills.
Ledgestone means different things to different people, but there are generally two types: natural stone and manufactured stone.
Natural ledgestone comes in just about any color you can find in natural stone, and that makes it perfect for kitchen and bathroom spaces that have existing natural stone countertops. You can find natural ledgestone in:
The type of stone you choose will directly impact the price and how you care for and maintain it, so keep that in mind.
Manufactured ledgestone can look like natural ledgestone at first glance, but they’re not the same thing. Often manufacturers will take an impression from natural stone to make the manufactured stone so the two products may look similar. Manufactured ledgestone is usually made from concrete, porcelain, or polyurethane, so it is probably cheaper up front, but it might not hold up as well as natural stone in the long run.
What colors are available?
Pretty much any color you can find in natural stone, you can find in ledgestone, so you’re sure to find something that will fit into your aesthetic. The most common colors are brown, multi-colored, gray, white, beige, and black. Depending on the type of stone you choose, you will have more or less veining and color variance from one piece of stone to another.
What are the finish options?
The two most common finishing options are split face and honed, though you can get varying degrees of polished stone as well.
Split face finish means that the stones have been chiseled apart along natural clefts, leaving the stone rough and rustic. Split face gives you a lot of texture and dramatic shadows. It can fit into a contemporary house as well as a classic or rustic design.
Honed finish means that the stone was either cut by machine or chiseled along natural clefts and then slightly polished. It still has some natural pits and grooves, but not as many as the split face finish. Honed finishes look really nice in modern and contemporary homes because they are very dramatic and make clean lines.
Polished finishes are less common because you can achieve the same look using less expensive tile, but it’s still out there. It probably won’t be perfectly smooth, but it will definitely be smoother than split face.
How can I use it in my home?
Ledgestone works beautifully in many different areas of the home. It creates a focal point that is difficult to beat with any other wall treatment.
In the kitchen, ledgestone can pull together the look of painted or stained cabinets with beautiful granite countertops. It also works well to cover up the sides of a kitchen island instead of using the traditional painted wall or wainscoting.
In the living spaces, ledgestone can create a breathtaking accent wall, especially if you already have high ceilings. Ledgestone also looks amazing as a fireplace surround and can add a lot of drama to your living space. Additionally, covering support columns with ledgestone is a fantastic way to create texture and dimension in any room.
In your bathroom, ledgestone transforms the shower area into a spa experience. The multi-textured natural stones create a peaceful, calm space that is perfect for relaxing in after a long day.
Outside is another area that ledgestone can elevate. Used as siding on your house, it gives you instant curb appeal and transforms your house into something very classy. In the backyard, it can cover up appliances in your outdoor kitchen area to make everything feel cohesive and homey.
How do I care for ledgestone?
Ledgestone is pretty easy to care for, and it doesn’t need much maintenance. Simply dust as often as necessary using a lint-collecting cloth, and clean using a pH-neutral cleaner that is safe for stone. Once a year, you may want to seal it to help keep its natural luster, and that’s pretty much it!
Ledgestone is a fantastic addition to any home, so if you are in the Denver area and want to elevate your granite countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, or you’d like an opinion on how else to make ledgestone work for you, give us a call today to see how we can help.