MRKT7Montana Rockworks provides architects and designers with the necessary information to select material; answer in depth questions regarding specs, Build Green data and basic stone nomenclature. We are happy to provide you with a marketing package and samples for presentations with clients.Zipdrive

If your firm would like a Montana Rockworks architectural binder or zip drive with photos, specifications, etc for your material resource library, contact a Montana Rockworks representative for prompt delivery. Ask about interior design information, available as well, for architecture offices with in-house design services.



Build Green with Natural Stone Thin Veneer

There are several green aspects to Natural Stone Thin Veneer. Because thin veneer stone weighs, approximately, 75% less than full-thickness stone, diesel fuel efficiency is sharply increased. Any truck and supporting equipment, which carries and delivers the stone, now carries several times more square footage than a truck hauling full-thickness stone. Quarry equipment is 2-3 times more efficient because each stone can be used several times, as opposed to just once. Not only does thin cut stone allow for more efficient fuel consumption but over time it will help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted, by equipment and over-the-road transportation vehicles.

Because of its weight, thin veneer requires less structural support. This means less lumber and less concrete to produce, ship and install, in order to support a natural stone veneer. As a result, there is a lower demand on our most widely used natural resources.

In the building process, there is inherent waste of material…material which later ends up in the landfill. Natural stone excess is only a positive as it can be used in decorative projects, in the garden or simply returned to nature. The durability, longevity and timeless beauty, translates into no waste in the future.

Natural stone is a very low-maintenance veneer. Once the material is completely installed, little else is needed to maintain the stone over the years. No need for paint, sealers, or harsh cleaning products. This eliminates off gassing from toxic materials, adhesives or finish.

From architectural design, to shipping, to installation, thin veneer is a product that offers fantastic economic benefits. An architect doesn’t need to spend extra time making allowances for a stone veneer, when Natural Stone Thin Veneer is being used. Square footage on each shipment increases significantly, driving down transportation costs by almost four times. A mason can install far more material, on an hourly and daily basis, when using thin veneer. Of course, no need for making allowances for full thickness, less time installing the product and decreased shipping costs, all mean less money out of the homeowner’s pocket.




Beth McBride is a Certified Speaker with The Natural Stone Institute and our National Sales Manager for over a decade.  We offered catered Lunch & Learns, afternoon Learning & Libations or morning Credit & Croissant classes in your office or at our Showrooms in Kalispell and Belgrade MT. Currently we offer 3 classes that are worth 1 HSWLU for AIA, ASLA, IDCEC,NKBA .  We are happy to offer these classes even if you are not a member of these organizations and are just looking for education.  Please contact us for an outline or to schedule a class.


Natural Stone 101 – Geology’s roll in specifying the right stone for your project.  What is the right stone for a floor, counter top or veneer, plus other information to help you choose the right stone for your design.

Thin Veneer – The quarry’s perspective on specifying thin veneer.  Popular colors and styles, geology, installation and sustainable attributes are all included in this 1 hour presentation.

Wine & Stone – Natural Stone 101 with Wine!  This if a fun class to learn and retain information about Stone and learn about how the minerals affect the flavor of Wine.  This class is 1.5 hours and is worth 1.5 LU

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