Frequently Asked Questions:
What are custom colors and custom types?
stock 3 colors and 3 types of manufactured stone.
If you meet the minimum custom order requirements, we can
have molds made to make different types, and can also match
Can you recommend a mason?
know of outstanding masons in the metro area. Depending
on your area, we would be glad to refer you. Please
call us for the information.(845) 225-3214
(3) What is the difference
between natural stone and manufactured stone?
Manufactured stone is a man-made product. It is made
from molds which mimic the structural forms of natural stone.
Manufactured stone is a concrete based product, unlike natural
stone consisting of solid rock.
What are the benefits of using manufactured stone?
The cost to buy manufactured stone, and to install it, is
much less expensive than natural stone. However, this
does not mean that quality is comprised. A product
made of concrete is built to last for years upon years.
Specifically, Dring Valley Stone has a psi (pounds per square
inch) of 6200, making it extremely durable. Aesthetically,
permanent colored pigments are used giving the same look
as natural stone.
What is manufactured stone made of?
product is made with a combination of pumice, portland cement,
lightweight aggregates and iron oxide pigments.
(6) What does psi mean?
Pounds per square inch. Our stone is rated at having
6200 psi. This means that each square inch of stone
can hold 6200 pounds. Many manufactured stones are
well below this rating.
What type of maintenance is needed on the stone?
Virtually none. Do not use any harsh chemicals or
Which chemicals harm the stone?
Specifically, iron oxide, chlorine and some sulfates.
Does the color fade over time?
Permanent, top-quality iron oxide pigments are used to give
the stone its color. This stone is made to withstand
the harshest of weather conditions.
How are the stones organized on a pallet?
Dring Valley Stone is available in 100 sf pallets.
Random patterns and sizes are made so that each stone looks
unique. Each row on a Dring Valley Stone pallet
consists of a different color, giving you a balanced color
If I need under 100 sf of stone, can I break a pallet?
Our professionals have concocted an appropriate mix of sizes
and colors to include on a pallet. Breaking a pallet
would leave us with an odd amount to give to the next person.
What is an accent color?
Accent colors are used to break up the monotony of the main
Is the installation process time and labor intensive?
This is a quick process, requiring minimal materials.
The stone is lightweight, and adheres to structurally sound
walls. If you are applying the stones to a masonry
surface, you basically need mortar. If applying to
other surfaces, you will need wire lathe, felt paper and
mortar. Please see our installation instructions for
Are there certain building codes that I have to adhere to?
Dring Valley Stone meets or exceeds required building codes.
Before installing, check with your town’s inspection
office for any specific requirements.
When you refer to a “structurally sound wall”,
what does that mean?
In order to install this stone, a wall needs to be capable
of carrying the stone without collapsing.
How can I tell if the mortar is setting up properly?
The surface will begin to dry and the mortar will loose
its adhesive quality.
Why can’t I use a wire brush to roughen the surface
when applying the mortar?
Manufactured stone is concrete. A wire brush will
remove the color and expose the concrete below.
When installing the wire lathe, can I run it side to side?
The wire lathe is made to run vertically.
When I cut the stone, the concrete is visible on the side.
I don’t want to see that. How do I hide it?
After cutting the stone, put the cut end toward another
stone. If you are cutting on a horizontal plane, put
the cut side either facing down (below eye level) or facing
up (above eye level).
When mixing the mortar, can I use mason’s mix, or
You can use mason’s mix, but you will need to add
more Portland. Sand mix may have to heavy an aggregate.
Why do I have to keep the stones 4-1/2” from the soil?
Minerals in the soil can latch onto manufactured stone and
cause discoloration or scaling.
When installing the stone on a non-masonry surface, can
I use durarock instead of felt paper and wire lathe?
Absolutely. If you use durarock, you do not have to
use felt paper and wire lathe. Durarock acts as a
masonry surface. You should “mist”, or lightly
spray, water on the durarock before applying the mortar.
DO NOT saturate the durarock board.