Exploring The Distinction: Stacked Stone Vs. Stone Veneer With MSI’S Rockmount™ And Terrado® Collections

May 20, 2024

When embarking on a project that involves decorative stone, it's essential to understand the differences between stacked stone and stone veneer, as each offers unique benefits and aesthetic appeals. MSI Rockmount Stacked Stone and Terrado® Manufactured Stone Veneers provide excellent examples of these materials in action.

Stacked Stone: The Natural Elegance of Rockmount

cosmic-gray-3d-wave-rockmount-collectiionCosmic Gray 3D Wave Stacked Stone

Stacked stone, as represented by MSI's Rockmount collection, is typically made from natural stones like marble, slate, travertine, and quartzite. These are cut into thin slabs and arranged in a three-dimensional panel system that offers a seamless look due to the modular design, minimizing the need for grout.

Rockmount Stacked Stone is known for its full-sized 6”x24” panels and smaller 4.5”x16” M-series panels, both designed for easy installation and dramatic visual appeal. The collection showcases a variety of finishes, from split-face to 3D honed, providing a tactile dimension that adds depth and character to any space.

These panels offer the intrinsic beauty and unique variances found in natural stone. This collection is particularly appealing for those who value the natural imperfections and robust character that only quarried stone can provide.

The versatility of Rockmount Stacked Stone is evident in its suitability for both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s an excellent choice for creating striking features in any interior setting, such as backsplashes, accent walls, fireplace facades, and exterior applications like BBQ surrounds or planter walls.

silver-travertine-stacked-stone-outdoor-kitchenSilver Travertine Stacked Stone

This stunning outdoor kitchen highlights the use of Silver Travertine stacked stone to create an outdoor oasis worthy of warm gatherings. These exquisite stone panels present a subtle yet elegant color palette of warm gray tones that complement the modern outdoor living space.

The natural colors of the travertine bring warmth and a rustic feel, perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere for outdoor dining and entertainment. This stone's durability and resistance to weather conditions make it ideal for such exterior applications.

arabescato-carrara-stacked-stone-bathroom-wallArabescato Carrara Stacked Stone

Arabescato Carrara stacked stone demonstrates the creative indoor use of stacked stone in a bathroom setting. The clean and classic look of Carrara marble, with its split-face and distinctive gray veining against a cool white background, adds a luxurious touch to the bathroom walls.

This choice not only enhances the visual appeal of the space but also provides a sense of depth and texture, making it a standout feature in the room. Arabescato Carrara is versatile and can be used in various indoor settings, adding elegance to any interior design.

Stone Veneer: The Versatility of Terrado®

denali-gray-stacked-stone-on-interior-statement-wallDenali Gray Stacked Stone

The construction of MSI Terrado® Manufactured Stone Veneers allows for consistent colors and textures, and it is a light weight product, making it easy to handle and install. The Terrado® collection is crafted to mimic the look of natural stone while offering the additional benefits of manufactured engineering such as increased durability and resistance to the elements, making it ideal for both interior and exterior use.

Terrado® Stone Veneers come in an array of styles and colors, ranging from soft creams and snowy whites to charcoal grays and rustic browns. This broad selection of earthy tones provides solutions that cater to diverse aesthetic preferences.

These veneers are also designed for seamless installation, with pieces that can interlock for a natural stone appearance without visible seams. This collection is perfect for homeowners looking for a cost-effective way to add the beauty of stone to their projects without the heaviness or complexity of natural stone installation​​.

At the heart of Terrado® Manufactured Stone Veneers are modern manufacturing techniques, designed to provide a more uniform appearance. These veneers replicate the aesthetic of natural stone while offering the advantages of consistent color and texture.

The ease of installation, due to their lighter weight and uniformity, makes them particularly suitable for projects requiring a quick and precise setup. This collection caters excellently to environments where consistent aesthetic and structural integrity are necessary.

copen-snow-stacked-stone-exteriorCopen Snow® Manufactured Stone Veneers

Copen Snow® manufactured stone veneers feature a dusty white stone look that enhances the modern aesthetic of any home facade. The light color contrasts sharply with the darker hues of the house siding and trim, providing a visually appealing palette that complements the contemporary architecture. This stone veneer is ideal for exterior walls, offering both beauty and durability against the elements.

peninsula-earth-stacked-stone-fireplacePeninsula Earth® Manufactured Stone Veneers

Peninsula Earth® manufactured stone veneers can be used to create a striking fireplace surround inside any home. These veneers bring a warm, earthy feel to living spaces, enhancing a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

The rustic brown tones and rugged texture of the panels add a provincial charm that contrasts well with the modern furnishings, creating a well-balanced design. Peninsula Earth® is excellent for indoor applications like fireplace surrounds or accent walls, where its natural stone appearance can be the focal point.

Making the Right Choice for Your Home

Both the Rockmount and Terrado® collections are testaments to MSI’s commitment to high-quality stone products tailored to meet diverse design preferences and practical requirements. Whether you opt for the distinctiveness of Rockmount or the engineered consistency of Terrado®, each choice promises to deliver not only in terms of aesthetics but also functionality, transforming spaces into strikingly beautiful environments.

Choosing between these collections depends on specific project needs—whether the priority is the authentic allure of natural stone or the streamlined beauty and practicality of manufactured veneers. Each collection offers unique benefits, ensuring that any choice made will enhance the design and functionality of the intended space.

Ready to elevate your space with the beauty and versatility of MSI's stacked stone and manufactured veneers? Chat with us online, visit an MSI showroom, or contact your local authorized MSI retailer today. Our experts are on hand to help you explore our expansive collections and find the perfect stone solutions for your design needs.


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