Comparing Real Stone To Fake Stone



was installed circa 1995 and the initial stages of its deterioration had begun showing five years after installation. Notice how the painted layer has failed, exposing the manufactured raw concrete.


was installed circa 1975, and although the real stone has aged, it still shows its true stone appearance and will for years to come.


Both of these projects show a veneer style. One has a fake Weathered Edge Limestone, the other has a real Weathered Edge Limestone. Both are located six feet off of a busy state highway, directly across from each other and exposed to the same extreme northern Wisconsin weather as well as road salt, splashing puddles, sunlight, vehicle exhaust, traffic spray and snow plowing.


  • Sunlight can take a toll on the thin color pigments.
  • Weather will lighten and deteriorate color pigments and expedite concrete core erosion.
  • Cleaning can be difficult due to sensitivity to detergents and the micro-thin surface layer.
  • Fake stone can easily be scuffed, scratched, chipped and even crack.
  • Fake stone units will repeat themselves as they are cast from a limited number of molds.
  • Real stone will not fade.
  • Real stone, millions of years old, stands up to extreme weather conditions.
  • Real stone can be scrubbed with detergents and even power washed.
  • Real stone can withstand impact and is resistant to scratches, chips and cracking.
  • Like a snowflake, no two real stones look the same.