StoneCraft stone veneer from the Tapco Group offers the look of natural stone but is easier to install and more affordable. Well suited for the kitchen and bath, it can be used in a variety of applications, including niches, islands, around a range hood, or on exterior façades and fire pits. It cannot be used for walkways or other horizontal applications or be submerged in water (in a swimming pool, for example). The veneer is available in nine profiles, ranging in appearance from smooth and water-worn to deeply ridged and fieldstone-inspired, and in a variety of colors. It can span an average of 150 square feet of nonrepeating textures for each stone profile, and no two stones are exactly the same. thetapcogroup.com
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