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Manufactured Stone – A Good Return On Your Investment

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Remodeling Magazine recently published their Cost vs Value Report


This site compares average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets.


Throughout the nation it rated Manufactured Stone Veneer as one of the best upgrades you can choose for the cost vs the value you’re able to recoup in a sale. In fact, the recouped cost in the Pacific Region and East South Central Regions were as high as 106.7% and 106.4% respectively.


If you are looking to renovate or remodel your home, manufactured stone veneer is an excellent choice to include in the project.


If you’re in the planning stages of your project, make sure to check out the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer to help with all your remodeling ideas. Also check out some of our inspirational videos. Seeing what other people have done on their projects is often all you need to come up with the best ideas for your own project.


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Where To Buy Kodiak Mountain Stone Products

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As the popularity of our Kodiak Mountain Stone products continue to increase, we get many inquiries as to where our customers can purchase our products from. Fortunately we have a number of options that allow anyone to have access to our products.


We currently have three company owned locations that we can be found:


Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

2620 2 Ave N
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0C2
Phone: 403-388-8948

Products Available: Manufactured Stone Veneer (Kodiak Mountain Stone, Eldorado Stone, Creative Mines), Natural Stone, Brick and Master Wall Acrylic Stucco


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

5432 56 Ave SE
Calgary AB T2C 4M6
Phone: 587- 952-4822

Products Available: Manufactured Stone Veneer (Kodiak Mountain Stone, Creative Mines), Natural Stone, Cherokee Brick and Master Wall Acrylic Stucco


Springville, Utah, USA

399 W 900 N
Springville, Utah
Phone: 801-491-3001

Products Available: Manufactured Stone Veneer (Kodiak Mountain Stone) and Natural Stone


Coming Soon: Queen Creek, Arizona, USA


Our Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone veneer is also available through our dealer network. You can locate a dealer near you on our Dealer Map HERE


We are also proud to be on the Marketplace. Through we are able to ship product all throughout North America. View all the products we have on the Build Direct Marketplace HERE




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New Ideas and Inspiration from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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We love that our clients share pictures with us and we hope that they can help inspire you for your next project.


Enjoy our latest video of projects to help give you ideas and inspiration for your next interior or exterior project. Kodiak Mountain Stone can ship our manufactured stone anywhere. So check us out at or call us at 877-563-4252.


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New Stacked Ledge Stone from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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Stacked Ledge Stone is the newest profile offered by Kodiak Mountain Stone. The Stacked Ledge Stone is a narrow ledge stone with lengths averaging 5” to 18” long. Available in all of our colors, including our new gray tones, the Stacked Ledge Stone is perfect for a tight, dry-stacked look or a completely different look with grout lines.

The contemporary look of our Stacked Ledge Stone is perfect for a wide variety of applications. Whether it’s the exterior of a home or an interior feature wall or fireplace the end result will be great.

Stop by one of our showrooms in Lethbridge or Calgary AB, or Springville UT to see samples of all our manufactured stone veneer products.






Stacked Ledge Stone Almond Buff



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Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar

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Stop in at your Kodiak Mountain Stone show room in Lethbridge or Calgary AB to ask about our SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar.


Ultimate Bond. Non Sagging.


SPEC MIX® Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar (PMSVM) is a technologically advanced adhered veneer mortar for use in bonding adhered manufactured stone veneer, natural thin cut stone and thin brick to a cementitious substrate. PMSVM is designed to provide excellent workability, cohesion, high bond strength, sag resistance, water resistance, efflorescence minimization, and durability. SPEC MIX PMSVM is the ideal solution for architects and contractors with projects where an immediate and ongoing need for mortar delivering high bond strength and sag resistance during installation is required. In applications where mortar joints are not utilized,such as dry stack applications, SPEC MIX PMSVM should be used to gain additional bond strength and “pop-off” protection. Installing natural thin cut stone veneer is aided by the unique anti-sag and high bond properties of SPEC MIX PMSVM.

In addition to custom mix designs that are available for specific applications or properties, the SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar is designed to be compatible with the characteristics of most all specified adhered masonry veneer units. It is acceptable for all types of construction: concrete, masonry, wood frame or steel studs, with submittals available upon request.










Approximate Coverage Rates 80 LB. (36.3 KG) Bag:

  • Scratch Coat: 20-23 Square Feet
  • Bonding Coat: 24-26 Square Feet
  • Joint Grout (1/2″ Joints): 38-40 Square Feet
  • Full Installation (scratch, bond & joint): 13-15 Square Feet

*NOTE: coverage is approximate and will vary depending on workmanship, method of installation, substrate, style of stone, waste and regional variation.



  • Contact your local SPEC MIX manufacturer
  • Visit
  • Phone: 888-SPEC-MIX 

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RhinoRock Light Weight Concrete Fencing Installation

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With new advances in their system, RhinoRock Light Weight Concrete Fencing is easy to install and is even more durable than before. Check out this installation video:


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Render to Win Contest, April 15-29, 2016

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Your chance to win an Amazon Gift Card from Renoworks!!!


Use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer to create “Before” and “After” photos of your project, post them on Facebook for your chance to win.


See contest details below.



Click HERE to go to the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer












Share your best work on Facebook for a chance to win one of 3 Amazon Giftcards!

We’re giving away some Amazon shopping sprees for our very first  ‘Render to Win’ contest! From April 15th (hey, that’s today!) to April 29th, share your #RenoworksPro talent on Facebook, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of three Amazon giftcards.
Grand Prize- $300 at Amazon | Second Prize- $200 at Amazon
Third Prize- $100 at Amazon

Here’s how to participate (scroll down for pictures):

  1. In a Facebook post, share a ‘Before’ picture and a ‘Renoworks Pro Rendering’ of your remodeling project.
  2. Include the hashtag #RenoworksPro.
  3. Tag us @Renoworks and @KodiakMtnStone to make sure we see your entry!
  4. You can enter more than once: you’ll get one entry for each set of pictures.
  5. You’ll get a bonus entry if you include the real-life ‘After’ photo of your remodeling project.
The winner will be chosen by random selection, so be sure to enter as many times as you can to increase your chances of snagging a gift card!
Contest ends April 29th. Winner announced May 2nd.



Use this video for help on using the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer


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Planning Your Renovation

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The secret to a successful home renovation lies in the careful planning and understanding of what you are wanting to achieve. In many cases, your final specifications will be figured out with the help of your contractor, designer or architect. But the more information that you can provide to them about your vision of the renovation, the better they are able to help you bring that vision to life.


Here are a few things to consider before meeting with your renovation contractor:


  • Do you have a clear vision of the changes you want to make in your home? What is the purpose of your renovation?
  • What are the specific goals of your renovation project?
  • Do you anticipate future changes in your life that could affect what you need in your home?
  • What are the must-haves and what are the nice-to-haves in the vision you have for your renovation?

Once you have spent the time planning through the vision of your renovation you will be in a better position to describe and discuss your ideas with your contractor, designer or architect. What you put into the planning before the renovation begins will make a real difference in the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget.


For more ideas and tips to help you plan your renovation refer to the resources available through Renomark HERE


In the planning stages of your renovation the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer is a powerful tool to help you see what your project will look like. The Visualizer allows you to upload photos of your project and see what it will look like with different changes made.


Use the following video tutorial to help you understand how to use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.

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The Use of Polymer Modified Mortar for Tight-fit/Dry Stacked Stone Veneer Installation

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REGARDING: The use of Polymner Modified Mortar for tight-fit/dry stacked veneer installation


TO: All Kodiak Mountain Stone Dealers, Installers, and Users:


We believe quality stone demands quality installation. Mortar has changed. We ask that you all stress the importance of using Polymer Modified Mortar for tight-figt/dry stacked stone veneer installation. These new Polymer Modified Mortars are more workable, and they bond better.


Type N or Type S mortar should not be used for installing tight-fit/drystacked installations. Polymer Modified Mortar should be used for these tight-fit/drystacked installations. Conventional Type N and Type S mortars are designed for laying up block and brick, and are not required to have high bond strength. Polymer Modified Mortars on the other hand are made specifically for bonding and provide very high bond strength. Type N and Type S mortar are adequate for installing stone applications having grouted joints because the grouted joints provide additional bond to the sides of the stones; and also because the grouted joints act as a secondary attachment. In addition, the grouted joints also seal the stone walls from water accumulation behind the stones which can cause debonding when frozen. But tight-fit/drystacked stone installations don’t have these grout joint “safety valves”.


Thanks for your continued business.

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4 Manufactured Stone Veneer Design Ideas

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Manufactured stone veneer is a cast, man-made product using molds and colors to replicate natural stone.  At Kodiak Mountain Stone we can supply you with some of the best and most beautiful manufactured stone veneer available today.  We have a perfect variety of profiles and colors for whatever the application you are working on.


Manufactured stone veneer is used on both commercial and residential projects. Take a look at a few ways that you can incorporate stone veneer in your home:


Exterior Facade


The most common application of our manufactured stone veneer is on the exterior of homes. Some people chose to cover the entire face of their home with stone while others will cover sections they want to feature and others will cover the lower portion of a wall.

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Interior Feature Stone Wall


Manufactured stone veneer is perfect for creating a feature wall in your home. If you have an area in your home that you would like to spice up, a stone feature wall will add elegance and character.






Fireplace Surround


Manufactured stone veneer adds a lot of character and beauty to a fireplace.  With the many options of profiles and colors you can make it unique to your own home and personality.


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Bars, Pillars and Other Features in Your Home


Really the options are endless.  Your home is a statement about yourself and we have seen people use manufactured stone veneer in a number of different areas of their home to create the environment they want.


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As you dream about your project, Kodiak Mountain Stone has developed a tool to help you out. The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer is an online tool that allows you to upload a photo of your project and see what it will look like with stone on it. It’s free to use, so try it out by clicking HERE.



To help you understand how to use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer, we have also created this How-to video



You can also find inspiration for your project by viewing more of our YouTube videos at
























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The Value of a Renovation

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The Importance of picking the right renovation project


Often times whether your home is new or old. There’s parts of it you want to change. Many times even need to change. As much as we would like to wave our magic renovation wand & have it all change right before our eyes we have to weigh the pros and cons of which project to tackle first.

Family needs , esthetics & practicability are all factors that helps us determine which renovations get done when but above all else we want to know that we’re going to see returns on the projects that we’re taking on & that our renovations end up being exactly what they should be…investments in our home.

According to the stats compiled by there are a few that you might want to leave at the bottoms of your list. Some of the renovations with the least amount of return are Sunroom additions with only 48% of your cost recouped. A smidge above this is a master bathroom addition with approximately 53% of your cost returned. The next renovation surprisingly, is a Garage addition with 54%.

If you’re looking for some renovations that offer a little more bang for your buck. Look no further then manufactured stone which is the renovation that comes in just second from the top at offering you the best return at 92%. Second to only replace your entry door recouping 100% of your cost. Some other great options for home renovations are a garage door replacement coming in at 88%. After this replacing your siding offers you an 80% return.

If you’re currently thinking about renovating with any of the many products available at Kodiak Mountain Stone come into one of our showrooms today and we’ll help you get started. If you are interested, You can read the full article here



by Amanda Aiuto from our Calgary AB store

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Kodiak Mountain Stone Manufactured Stone Veneer Quick Points

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Information about Kodiak Mountain Stone by Wes Dewsbery, Calgary AB Sales Manager




Kodiak Mountain Stone Quick Points


  • Founded in 2005 in Cardston Alberta
  • Headquarters in Cardston AB
  • Dealer network of 20+ Dealers in Canada and USA
  • Factory is in Springville Utah
  • Warehouses in Calgary and Lethbridge
  • Kodiak Mountain Stone sells Manufactured Stone, Natural Stone, Stucco, and Brick



  • Manufactured thin veneer (poured concrete product)
  • For vertical surfaces
  • Good for Interior/ Exterior Applications,­ Fireplaces; feature walls, Outside cladding
  • Flame retardant for fireplaces
  • Both Corner and Flats are available­­. Flats are in square feet (area) and corners in linear feet (top to bottom)
  • Packaging is in big box and EZ packs (small boxes) for flats and corners
  • Packaging Quantities
    • Big box­ Flats­ Always 120 sq ft
    • Big box corners­ 90 or 100 ln ft ­­depends on profile*
    • EZ Pack­ Flats­ 10 or 12 sq ft ­ depends on profile*
    • EZ Pack Corners­ always 8 ln ft
  • There are 8 main retail profiles for our Kodiak Mountain Stone brand of manufactured stone veneer.
  • Most colours cross over into all profiles
  • Accessories are available in main colours Charcoal, Almond Buff and Walnut (others available)
  • Stone is not panel system; pieces are independent and sometimes require mortar between joints; except Ready Stack and Frontier Ledge which are dry stacked (4” inch high pieces with random lengths)
  • Stone is applied with mortar/mesh combination as per ICC (international code council) guidelines
  • A sealer may be used on manufactured stone for added protection and/or to enhance colors and definition
  • 50 year warranty on Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone veneer. 


Learn more about installing Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone veneer HERE

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How to Install Manufactured Stone Veneer

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“How do I install manufactured stone veneer?”


That is such a common question asked at our stores by our customers. Properly installed manufactured stone is an important step in creating a beautiful, lasting project. Our installation guide walks you through step-by-step instructions. Plus, our detailed video is a great guide to help you out along the way.


A vital part of installing manufactured stone veneer or natural stone veneer is having the proper vapor barrier on your project. This video will help to guide you in properly preparing before you begin to install your stone.

Always check your local building codes before starting your project.  


You can find a printable copy of our Kodiak Mountain Stone Installation Guide HERE


Before you begin to install you stone you need to plan your project. Make sure to take advantage of the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer so you can have a clear picture of your final project before you even start. The Visualizer will really help you to begin with the end in mind!


To help you out, we have created an instructional video on how to use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer:


For more assistance please contact us at 1-877-563-4252 (877-KODIAK-2) or


Or visit us at:


Lethbridge, Alberta

2620 2 Ave N.


Calgary, Alberta

5432 56 Ave SE


Springville, Utah

399 W 900 N




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How To Use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer

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“I never knew my house could look like that!”


“I can’t believe the difference it makes, it’s beautiful!”


These are the types of comments we hear from people after they first use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.  The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer helps you to see what your house or project could look like with different styles and colors of stone in different places. It also gives you the ability to experiment with stucco, siding, doors, windows, roofing materials and so much more.


If you are renovating or building new, this is a great tool to help you visualize your dream!


All you need to do is upload a photo of your home or project (fireplace, feature wall, etc.) and follow the step by step tutorial.  But to make it even easier, we have provided you with this video to help you out.



Start playing with the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer today, click HERE!

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Endura Wall System

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Endura – Standing the Test of…Everything!

No matter what type of application you’re looking for: commercial, residential or industrial/agricultural, the Endura Wall System is a solid choice. The Endura Wall System is an environmentally friendly, durable, mold proof, rot proof, rodent proof, cost competitive, sound deadening, fire resistant alternative to traditional building materials. The Endura Wall System is suitable for many different construction projects, including: single family residential, multi-family residential, institutional, commercial, office, and industrial buildings.



The block is the primary structural element; however, it also has dramatic thermodynamic properties in its design which features off-set webbed cross-members and a middle linear wall. The offset webs constrict heat flow across the block. Te middle wall also increases compressive strength.



Two layers of EPS molded insulation, are installed as the block is set with one set interlocking the block. These not only effectively insulate the wall, but also help produce the impressive STC 61 sound rating of the system.




Surface bonding is applied to both sides of the block. It unifies the block into a solid wall panel as well as creating a water-proof and airtight surface. As such, it is also impervious to termites, insects, rodents, and other pests. The fact that it has the same expansion-contraction coefficient as the block also reduces the possibility of cracking. It becomes a part of the block.










Advantages of the Endura Wall System

  1. Cost competitive
  2. Up to 70% energy savings
  3. Dramatic thermal dynamic performance
  4. Waterproof & airtight
  5. Highest quality construction
  6. 4 hour fire rating
  7. Engineered for seismic conditions
  8. Dry stacked
  9. Sound deadened – rating STC – 61
  10. Load bearing structural integrity
  11. Abuse resistant
  12. Low life-cycle costs
  13. Mold proof
  14. Eco friendly – super green
  15. Quick installation
  16. Easy installation with semi-skilled labor
  17. Aesthetically beautiful – no block lines show (with colour-coat)
  18. Lower insurance costs
  19. Can be used for residential, commercial, institutional, and governmental construction
  20. Hurricane and tornado rated (160 mph)
  21. Compatible with other systems
  22. Rodent, vermin, and termite proof
  23. Rot proof
  24. Architecturally adaptable
  25. Condensation resistant
  26. Electrical and water supply lines are accommodated inside the walls
  27. Culturally acceptable everywhere
  28. Uses existing infrastructures
  29. Uses “native” materials
  30. Longest life expectancy
  31. Ballistic tested and certified
  32. Zero water penetration rating
  33. Exceeds most recent ICC code



How Does Endura Stack Up To Other Building Options?

We’re often asked how the Endura Wall System compares to other building materials. As you can see from the table below, Endura stacks up quite nicely. If you are looking for a product that is waterproof, extremely durable, rodent proof, termite proof, sound deadening, has high R-value and is fire resistant, then the Endura Wall System will be a perfect fit for you.


Is This An ICF (Foam Block System)?

NO! Endura is a concrete block (CMU—concrete masonry unit) with two layers of foam insulation inside the wall. With the concrete mass on the inside and outside of the wall, finish costs are lower, durability is much higher, and thermal performance is more constant.

If There Is No Mortar Used, How Does The Wall Stand Up?

Any CMU wall depends on the compressive strength of the block or brick and the reinforcement grid of rebar and grout for structural performance. Mortar is a levelling and space-filling medium.

How Can I Hang Pictures On The Wall?

Pictures (or other wall hangings—such as cabinets) can be easily attached with masonry hangers (screws) or, in the case or pictures, adhesive hangers work extremely well and do not damage the wall. Plus, there is no need to locate and be dependent on studs. Items such as molding use liquid nail.

Isn’t Endura A Lot More Expensive?

NO! Endura can compete on initial costs with any structural and effectively insulated when compared to an installed wall that:

  1. Is framed—or otherwise constructed
  2. Has outside sheeting
  3. Vapour barriers inside and out
  4. Is insulated
  5. Has electrical installed—or at least conduit
  6. Is sheet rocked, taped, and mudded on the inside
  7. Has a brown coat on the exterior

How Does Endura Perform In And Earthquake?

Endura is a structurally engineered system that conforms to the highest seismic standards.

Where Are The Components Manufactured?

The block is manufactured using Endura molds, at more than 30 locations in the United States. Endura produces the surface bonding and currently has the insulation custom run. Internationally, Endura works with a license holder in creating a production center.

Does A House Look Like A Commercial Building?

Homes built with Endura look the same as any home that you desire both on the inside and out. The same applies to any other building application.

Are There People Who Can Install It Properly?

Endura is extremely labor friendly. If a project is being built in a new area, EMSI will either make available a trainer or an installation crew with guaranteed price, schedule, and quality.

Is This A New Product?

The product maybe new to a customer or an area but it has a 29 year history of use.

Why Haven’t I Heard Of It?

As with many different building methodologies, you may not have heard of it, general advertising has never been an element of marketing it.
For more details on Endura Wall Systems visit one of our stores in Lethbridge or Calgary AB or call 1-877-563-4252
You can also visit the Endura Wall System website HERE
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Manufactured Stone, Natural Stone & Brick Feature Walls

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It is very common to see a new home with a beautiful stone or brick fireplace. But more and more we are seeing the stone and brick go beyond just the fireplace to create amazing accent walls.
Stone and brick can create beautiful interior feature walls.  It’s not a new idea but it’s one we are seeing a lot more of. With a little bit of creativity and imagination you can create some unique designs that make a normal room extraordinary. Making a boring wall the focal point of the entire room.
It’s amazing how a stone or brick wall can change an entire room to fit your style. It can create a warm environment ranging from a country style to a modern one. With all of the different choices in products, you’ll be able to find the perfect option for your home.

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These are some of the most popular options:
Manufactured Stone Veneer is a man-made cast product which is produced to replicate real stone. There are a number of advantages of manufactured stone vs natural stone with the top ones being (1) total cost, (2) ease of installation, and (3) weight of the product.
The total cost of the product and installation of manufactured stone is typically a lot less than with natural stone. Because it is a man-made product, it is manufactured for the ease of installation. Manufactured stone is also lighter weight than natural stone. You should always consult a structural engineer before installing brick or stone in your home, but with manufactured stone you typically don’t need extra structural reinforcement in your home to compensate for the weight of the product.
Natural Stone Veneer is exactly what it sounds like, it is real stone that is cut as a veneer to be installed on a wall. Natural Stone Veneer gives an authentic look with all of the unique characteristics of natural stone that cannot be mimicked in manufactured stone. Natural Stone Veneer is heavier than manufactured stone, so it is even more important to consult a structural engineer about your project before you begin.
Our Natural Stone Veneer is collected and quarried throughout the North America.  There are many styles, profiles and colors of natural stone veneer available for you to choose from for your home.
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Most brick that is currently being used on residential interior projects is a Thin Brick Veneer. Thin brick veneer can give your wall the rich, elegant appearance that only brick can provide. Like stone veneer, thin brick veneer is either a cast product or a thin slice of the brick’s face that has been cut from a full brick. Thin brick veneer is installed similar in process to stone veneer rather than how traditional brick is installed.  But when a project is completed, you have the appearance of a beautiful brick wall.
Once you have created a beautiful accent wall in your home with stone or brick help it to become a feature point in your home.
Never neglect skillful lighting.  It will enhance the beautiful textures and features of the brick or stone and will cast shadows that will bring out the unique characteristics of the wall.
For more information on any of these products you can call us at 1-877-563-4252 or visit us at:
Lethbridge, Alberta
2620 2 Ave North
Calgary, Alberta
5432 56 Ave SE
399W 900N
Or, find one of our dealers HERE
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Natural Stone from Kodiak Mountain Stone

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In addition to the various manufactured stone veneer products that we sell at Kodiak Mountain Stone, we have a huge variety of natural stone products to choose from as well.


Our natural stone comes from a variety of quarries in both Canada and the United States. This gives us the opportunity to offer a huge variety of different colors and profiles to meet every customers needs and tastes.  Natural stone is an elegant finish for both interior and exterior application on both residential and commercial projects.



Visit our natural stone photo gallery HERE for some amazing project photos!



Here are some of the common questions that we are asked about natural stone:


  • Is natural stone durable?

Our natural stone veneer is real stone from nature. It is from the earth. Further exposure to natural elements will not harm it. It is possible to see some slight variations over time, but for the most part it should not fade or wear.


  • Will all of the colors be consistent through all of the stone?

Natural stone has beautiful vibrancy, life and characteristics.  Every stone is unique and no two stones will be exactly alike. Variations in color can and should be expected with natural stone and it is recommended to obtain a sample of the product before placing an order.


  • How do I clean natural stone?

Natural stone can be cleaned with mild, non-acidic cleaners. Do not sue brass or metal brushes or scrapers. Soft bristle brushes are acceptable. Some natural stone can be washed with a pressure washer, but caution should be used since some natural stone has certain characteristics (such as natural moss) that could be damaged by a pressure washer.


  • How do I install natural stone?

Installing natural stone is best completed by a professional however installation can be accomplished as a DIY (do-it-yourself) project.  For instructions on proper techniques, recommended tools and materials for your project ask one of our professionals at Kodiak Mountain Stone.



Many of the natural stone colors and profiles we offer come from independent quarries. However, we also offer beautiful natural stone from these well knows companies:


* Eldorado Natural Stone is only available at our Lethbridge AB location in select profiles.




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Endura Wall System Educational Seminar

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Join us for an Endura Wall System Educational Seminar at our Lethbridge location on July 23, 2015.


Energy Efficient – Super Green – Durable – Fire Resistant – Waterproof


Educational Seminar Brochure


No matter what type of application… the Endure Wall System is a solid choice. This system is an amazing alternative to traditional building materials and suitable for many different construction projects, including: single family or multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural.


Join us to discover why the Endure Wall System will not only help you sell more homes but allow you to build the best home possible for your client at less cost.


Endura Educational Seminar

Location: Kodiak Mountain Stone, 2620 2 Ave. N. Lethbridge AB

Date: July 23 1:00pm



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Creative Mines – Craft Masonry Stone Veneer

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Our new Craft Masonry Stone Veneer from Creative Mines is proving to be very popular with all of our customers.  Over the past couple of months we have been excited to introduce new profiles and new colors they have been adding.


With all of the additions that Creative Mines has made, they have created two new brochures for their different lines of Craft Masonry Stone Veneer.


The first brochure is for the Craft Contemporary series. “Creative Mines Craft Contemporary profiles and colors are modern expressions for contemporary architectural aspirations and styles.”  The link below will open the full brochure.


The Craft Chop Ledge Masonry Panels are an exciting new profile! They are engineered to decrease installation time while eliminating patterns often seen in other veneer panel systems.


The Paintgrade Brick™ and Paintgrade Block™ can be painted in any shade you desire or simply installed unpainted in its neutral color.


Different stone heights create district looks.  Craft Split Modular is designed to maximize modularity and installation ease with 2.5″ and 5″ pieces boxed separately. They are often combined in a 50/50 blend, but can be ordered in any combination you desire.

There are eleven contemporary shapes with thirty-four color ways to choose from.



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With the Craft Timeless Masonry Veneer, there are six shapes and fourteen color ways to choose from.  The natural profiles and colors are incredible and look beautiful on both interior and exterior projects.


Click the link below to view the full brochure of the Craft Timeless Masonry Veneer from Creative Mines.























Visit one of our stores to view samples of the Creative Mines products in Calgary and Lethbridge AB.


In Calgary, find us at:

Calgary Store
5432 56 Ave SE
Calgary AB T2C 4M6
Phone: 587-952-4822



2620 2 Ave N
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0C2
Phone: 403-388-8948



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Craft Chop Ledge Stack Stone from Creative Mines Crafted Stone Veneer

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Kodiak Mountain Stone has been a proud distribution partner with Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer.


Creative Mines is a company with a passion for fresh ideas and superior masonry veneer products.  They have combined a perfect blend of experience, knowledge, youth and energy to everything they do.

With a constantly evolving variety of products, Creative Mines provides a motherlode of solutions for today’s interior and exterior cladding needs.

Today we are excited to announce a new profile from their ever constant evolving line of crafted masonry veneer products.  A product that all our customers from home owners, masons, architects, designers to builders have  been asking for.  Today we are introducing the Creative Mines Craft Chop Ledge stack stone!

Creative Mines has once again developed a beautiful crafted masonry veneer product that we feel confident will rapidly gain attention in all of our markets.


Craft Chop Ledge (Color: Flint)


Craft Chop Ledge (Color: Sea Pearl)


Craft Chop Ledge (Color: Hop Scotch)



Watch for samples of the Craft Chop Ledge in our Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta stores very soon!




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Interview with Steve Haycock from Creative Mines

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Kodiak Mountain Stone is excited to have added Creative Mines Crafted Stone Veneer to our product line.  Their company has a great story behind it and they have created some amazing products.  After having Steve Haycock from Creative Mines join our sales team in some visits to some customers, designers and architects we thought that it would be a good idea to have a video that would allow us to have Steve share the story of Creative Mines with all of our customers.


This video is an interview with Kodiak Mountain Stone’s CEO, D. Jeff Heggie, and Steve Haycock from Creative Mines.




Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer - Craft Board Form - Monsoon

Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer – Craft Board Form – Monsoon

Whitegold Craft Orchard Limestone from Creative Mines and Kodiak Mountain Stone
Whitegold Craft Orchard Limestone from Creative Mines and Kodiak Mountain Stone


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Creative Mines – Choice Cuts of the Finest Masonry Veneer

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Kodiak Mountain Stone is very excited to be introducing Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer to Canada.


We are able to introduce a very high quality product with some incredible new profiles that are getting architects, builders, masons, designers and home owners all excited about the options that are becoming available.  To get an idea of some of the things we are now offering from Creative Mines we’ve put this project video together.


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Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer

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Kodiak Mountain Stone is excited to announce that we have added another incredible line of manufactured stone veneer to our lineup.  Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer is a company with a passion for fresh ideas and superior masonry veneer products.

Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer - Craft Board Form - Monsoon


Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer - Craft Board Form - Monsoon


Creative Mines is a new company with an incredible blend of experience, knowledge, youth and energy.  For their crafted masonry veneer line, they have developed a superior mix design composed of 70% post-industrial content.  They use high-purity, natural pumice pozzolan that enhances compressive strength, minimizes efflorescence, resists sulfate attack, reduces permeability and improves durability.


All that you have to do is look at their product lineup to see that they have some unique and beautiful profiles combined with incredible artistry and quality.  We know that our Creative Mines products will be a hit for both interior design projects as well as the exterior design projects in both residential and commercial applications.

Toasted Craft Foothill Rubble from Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer - Kodiak Mountain Stone

Come in and visit one of our stores to see what Creative Mines Crafted Masonry Veneer products will be perfect for you.  Also remember to ask us about their Natural Masonry Veneer.  Their lineup of natural stone is outstanding.


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Edwards Stone – Natural Thin Veneer Stone

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Kodiak Mountain Stone is excited to announce an additional line of natural thin veneer stone to our product line, Edward’s Stone.

Edward's Stone - Natural Thin Veneer


Edward’s Stone is owned and operated by Ed Ring. They operate their own centralized production facility in Roca, Nebraska; and their offices are strategically located throughout the Midwest. They produce and market several different types of natural thin veneer stones for commercial and residential applications.

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They also offer design accents and accessories to provide an enhanced measure of style and sophistication. These include quoins, keystones, hearths, sills, and wall caps. Their hardworking professionals possess the craftsmanship skills and years of experience required to lend form and function to what is envisioned.

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Check out all of their products HERE


You can find all of our natural stone products HERE

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How to Build Your Own Fire Pit

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We deal with a lot of Do-it-Yourselfers (DIY) at Kodiak Mountain Stone and wanted to share these great DIY instructions on “How to Build Your Own Fire pit” from our friends at  Of course, we would also suggest adding some Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone to the project!


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Feature Product – Elasto-flex from Master Wall Inc.

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Master Wall Acrylic Stucco Products from Kodiak Mountain Stone 


Elasto-flex, Elastomeric Acrylic Coating, is a durable elastomeric architectural coating designed to bridge the minor cracking common in stucco applications. When dry it forms a stretchy rubber like film on the surface yet is vapor permeable.

Master Wall Elastoflex acrylic stucco paint


Elasto-flex is available in all Master Wall® colors and custom colors delivered in five-gallon (19L) pails.



375-400 square feet (35-37 square meters) – single coat


*Coverages are estimated and vary


Weight: 53lbs (24 kg)


Working Time: Ready to use right from the pail after pre-mixing.


Drying Time: Varies by air temperature, humidity and surface temperature. Under normal room temperatures Elasto-flex will dry to the touch in 2-4 hours and is ready to recoat after 8 hours. Protect the finish from rain and temperatures less than 40F (5 C) for a minimum of 24 hours.


Application/Storage Temperatures: 40F (5C) to 110F (43C). Store out of direct sunlight.


Shelf Life: 2 years under normal conditions.


Application Procedure

Job Conditions – Air and substrate temperature for application of Elasto-flex must be 50°F (10°C) or higher and must remain 50°F (10°C)or higher for a minimum of 24 hours. Provide temporary protection to protect the wall system from damage until permanent flashings, caps and sealants are installed. Store materials within prescribed temperature limits and out of direct sunlight. Working and drying times are based upon normal room temperature conditions and will vary with temperature and humidity.


Surface Preparation – Surface temperature must be above 50°F (10°C). Surface must be clean, dry, structurally sound and free of efflorescence, oil, grease, form release agents, and curing compounds. On previously painted surfaces, all loose, peeling and chalking paint must be removed. Any glossy areas must be sanded.


Concrete – Must have cured a minimum of 28 days prior to the application of Elasto-flex. If form release agents or curing compounds exist on the surface, they must be removed with an appropriate solution. Remove any residual solution by flushing with water.


Masony – Clean, cured, dry and unpainted.


Stucco – Must be cured, dry and unpainted. If additives were used in the stucco, it is recommended that a test patch be made to evaluate bond strength of the Elasto-flex to the stucco.


Masterwall EIFS – Clean and dry.


Priming – Prime new surfaces such as concrete, masonry and stucco with Master Wall Primecoat to equalize substrate absorption. Priming is not necessary over Master Wall Superior Finishes.


Mixing – Thoroughly stir Elasto-flex into a homogenous consistency. Small amounts of clean, potable water may be added to obtain a workable consistency. Do not over mix. Do not exceed 12 ounces (0.35L) of water per pail. Do not add accelerators or retarders to Elasto-flex.


Application – Elasto-flex can be applied by brush, roller, or airless spray equipment. When using a roller, a maximum ¾ nap is recommended. Apply Elasto-flex in an even, continuous coat, maintaining a wet edge of 20 mils wet for a dry thickness of 10 mils.


Clean Up -Tools and equipment can be cleaned with soapy water when Elasto-flex is wet.


Limitations – Do not use Elasto-flex as a finish directly over any Master Wall base coat.


Information contained in this product data sheet conforms to the standard detail recommendations and specifications for the installation of Master Wall® Inc. products and is presented in good faith. Master Wall Inc. assumes no liability, expressed or implied as to the architecture, engineering, or workmanship of any project. This information may be concurrent with, or superseded by other applicable documents, such as specifications and details. Contact Master Wall® Inc. for the most current product information. 

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Manufactured Stone Veneer, Natural Stone, Acrylic Stucco & Light Weight Concrete Fencing

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2014 is proving to be a great year at Kodiak Mountain Stone.  We have had a large variety of projects we’ve been involved in ranging from renovations to new home construction to some great commercial jobs.  We are fortunate to be very diversified in our product offerings.


Manufactured Stone Veneer


Kodiak Mountain Stone


With our own line of manufactured stone veneer we have seen some beautiful projects.  We have a wide range of stone profiles and colors that you can view HERE.

Kodiak Mountain Stone helps owners, builders, designers and architects create lasting beauty and value with their projects.










Veneerstone is another line of manufactured stone that we supply.  Veneerstone is a beautiful product that is great to work with.

Veneerstone gives you the warmth and beauty of natural stone with several significant advantages. Veneerstone is  just as durable and is much faster and easier to install than natural stone. These benefits, combined with a wide selection of stone styles and colors, make Veneerstone the perfect choice for your building or home.

Eldorado Stone


A big announcement for Kodiak Mountain Stone in 2014 has been our new partnership with Eldorado Stone.  We are now a supplier of Eldorado Stone products in our Lethbridge AB store.

For over 40 years, Eldorado Stone has demonstrated an undeniable passion for creating authentic products that not only elevate quality and design, but also attainability. Stone. Brick. Fireplace Surrounds. Outdoor Living.  This has been a great addition to the Kodiak Mountain Stone product offering in Lethbridge.








Natural Stone



Kodiak Mountain Stone distributes a wide variety of natural stone products for interior and exterior applications.  The diversity of colors, shapes and texture that we offer means that we have the perfect natural stone available for any project.  Working with quarries from around the world allows us to offer a huge selection of natural stone products.


Some of our main suppliers are: Natural Stone Veneer International, Slimrock, Glacier Stone Supply, Thunderstone Quarries and ErthCoverings.


Whether it’s a stone fireplace, the exterior of a home or a renovation, if you are looking for natural stone we have what you need.









General Shale Brick

Brick is definitely in high demand.  From full brick to thin brick veneer the demand continues to grow in 2014.  For more than 80 years, General Shale’s brick line has been the cornerstone of their success. With a multitude of colors, styles and textures to choose from, their brick portfolio has something to complement any style of home.


Cherokee Brick & Tile Company

The history of Cherokee Brick’s business is one of continuous change. They’ve challenged themselves to

adopt the newest improvements in technology in order to continuously provide distinctive products. From the original crude methods of making only one size and type of brick, their Company now manufactures over 100 different varieties.

Today, with its three modern plants and extensive product line, they can meet the needs of almost any consumer.  Whether it is a new home, renovation project, or large commercial structure. Cherokee Brick strives to give its customers quality products and superior service.






Master Wall Acrylic Stucco Products


Master Wall®, Inc., manufactures Quality Stucco, Coatings and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) for residential and commercial projects. Master Wall® is well positioned in the industry.


With Master Wall® you have the choice of standard and even custom colors. All our finishes feature DPR (Dirt Pickup Resistant) polymers and the regional choice of either marble or quartz aggregates.







RhinoRock Light Weight Concrete Fencing

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DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT….concrete fencing is now affordable. RhinoRock can meet all of your fencing needs whether it is residential, commercial or industrial.  Now you don’t have to settle for constant plastic or wood fencing repairs!   A Rhinorock patented concrete clad wall is affordable because it is produced with  a unique manufacturing process that makes the  fencing panel 90% lighter than a traditional heavy concrete fence.

Their light weight (concrete/foam) construction doesn’t sacrifice performance because it is manufactured with a high performance fiber reinforced concrete clad outer shell with a  foam core.  Concrete is the only material that can duplicate the realistic beauty of stone and provide the weatheribility  that contractors demand.  See our specifications page for more info on it’s  construction and our Frequent Questions page has additional information.





Each project begins in your mind.  If you don’t dream it, you can’t build it.  At Kodiak Mountain Stone our goal is to help you finish the dream.  We help you in the final steps to make your project beautiful.  Contact our experts to help you find the perfect products for your project.  Find our galleries online HERE. If you are renovating and need help visualizing your project, you can use our Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.  Find out more about our Visualizer HERE.


Find us:

Calgary AB at 5432 56 Ave SE

Lethbridge AB 2620 2 Ave N

Springville UT 399 W 900 N 

1-877-563-4252 (877-KODIAK-2)








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Your Personal Home Design Studio

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Last week we introduced our new Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.  The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer is a powerful home design tool for anyone who wants to visualize what their home would look like with our manufactured stone veneer on it.  It allows you to experiment by applying different manufactured stone profiles and colors in various places on your home.


If you are considering a facade, would it look better three feet high or four feet high?  Maybe it would look better to stone the entire face of your house.  Or maybe you want to replace all of your current siding with a combination of manufactured stone veneer and our Masterwall Acrylic Stucco.  The Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer not only lets you add stone to your home, you can add a huge variety of other siding products as well.


You can simply take a photo of your house and then begin to design…


My House: BEFORE













Following are pictures of this same house with stone and siding applied in different areas to help the home owner visualize their renovation plans.








Besides experimenting with the manufactured stone veneer profiles, you can also add other products such as stucco and log siding.




Visit our Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer HERE and try it out for yourself

Post your projects on Facebook and tag us @KodiakMtnStone


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See What YOUR Home Will Look Like With Manufactured Stone Veneer

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Building a home or completing a renovation is a huge commitment.  Before any project can even be started it has to be visualized in someones mind.  When it’s completed, everyone gets to see the final results of that vision.  Kodiak Mountain Stone supplies many of the products that people see when you are done your project.  That is why those finishing touches are so important on a project.  Whether it’s our manufactured stone, natural stone, brick or acrylic stucco, we will help you Finish the Dream!

Kodiak Mountain Stone is excited to introduce the new Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer to help create that dream!




Upload your own picture and experiment by adding our manufactured stone to different areas of your home to see what it would look like.  Don’t like how it looks?  Try another area or a different profile or color.

Currently you can use four of our Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone profiles in select colors to visualize your future home.  If the available profiles or colors are not exactly what you want on your home, you will still be able to have a good idea of where you want the stone and what it will look like.  We have also made available a number of other products that you can experiment with to help you visualize your final project.  Some of the other products available are stucco, siding, doors and windows.  As you use the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer you will see what an amazing tool it is.  Lets see how it works.

As you go through the process when you are using the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer, follow the Guided Tutorial within the program.  Following are the steps that the Guided Tutorial will take you through.





Start by uploading your own photo.












Once you have uploaded the photo of your house you need to Set the Project to Scale.


Tell us how large the subject of the picture is in real life.

Click on a corner of a wall or door on the project to start drawing a measuring line.  Draw the measuring line to another corner of the same wall or door and click to end the line.

Next you will input the true length of this line to set the project to scale.





My New Exterior!




Draw surfaces and features on the picture using the masking tools.  Apply our manufactured stone to these areas in the “visualize” task.


The Guided Tutorial in the Visualizer will walk you through the process



The buttons on the left of your screen let you add surfaces to your photo.  Click “SIDING” to start adding a wall.

  • Surface Outline Starting Point – click anywhere on your picture to define the starting point of the surface outline where you want to apply manufactured stone.


Instructions will appear in this area.  Follow them to draw a wall with four points.  At this point, don’t worry if it’s not an exact outline, you will have an opportunity to make adjustments in following steps.


The buttons at this step will allow you to adjust the outline.


At this point you may also wish to define an additional area to add our manufactured stone or other products more areas on the picture.  Follow the proceeding steps above to add a new area before clicking on “Visualize.”


Ready to Design!


It’s time to add product to the wall!  Click “VISUALIZE” to move to the next step



Select the wall that you just outlined by clicking it (It will light up when your mouse moves over it)



At this point you will be able to see the manufactured stone that you can apply to your wall.  You can keep making selections from this list until you find the profile and color you desire.

Each time you make a selection (Cut Fieldstone for example), a list of available colors will appear.  Once you select a color by clicking on it, the selection will be applied to the area you’ve selected in the picture.

When the stone has been applied, you may click the area on the picture a second time to see the product details or to remove the product.

At this step the options of products to be applied are a selection of Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone as well as some other siding products such as stucco and siding products.

Currently the Kodiak Mountain Stone profiles and colors available in the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer are:

  • Cut Fieldstone
    • Colors: Granite, Quarry and Almond Buff
  • Frontier Ledge
    • Colors: Almond Buff, Colorado Rundle, Glacier, Walnut and Wheat
  • Ready Stack
    • Colors: Almond Buff, Chardonnay, Colorado Rundle, Glacier, Walnut and Mahogany
  • Southern Hackett
    • Colors: Almond Buff, Apache and Granite

*Although the digitized versions of these manufactured stone profiles and colors are as accurate as possible, visit our showrooms to view the actual profiles and colors before making your final selection.

Our Showrooms are located at:


At this point you may select other products and/or colors to see your different options.

In these pictures you can see that a new area has been defined and stucco (another stone profile in the last photo) has been applied to compare with the existing siding. This is your opportunity to experiment and dream.



Congratulations!  You’ve just learned how to mask an area and apply Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone or other products to it.  Now click “Save & Review.”




At this point you can

  1. View your Before & After pictures
  2. Save to a personalized account
  3. Share on Facebook – tag us! @KodiakMtnStone
  4. Share on Twitter – tag us! @KodiakMTN_Stone
  5. Share on Pinterest – follow us!
  6. Print your photo
  7. Email your photo – Send us a copy too

You now have a picture of your home re-imaged!  Your dream is now visualized!





















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Features & Benefits of Manufactured Stone Veneer vs. Natural Stone

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By: Casey-lee Wilson

Kodiak Mountain Stone®





Natural Stone is a natural product whose individual properties are determined by:

  • The types of minerals comprised in the natural stone, which helps to determine the color.

  • The amount of compression that occurred when the stone was formed, which dictates whether the stone is an open faced material or a dense tightly packed “Hard Stone”

  • Heat generated during formation which can change the structure of a stone into a marble, which can almost be translucent.

Natural Stone is an outstanding building material


Manufactured Stone Veneer is fabricated by using a lightweight concrete mix to with different styles of molds and coloring processes which makes it resemble real stone.


Some things to factor into your decision, when deciding which product is best suited to your project includes:

  • Price Point

  • Installation Time

  • Weight

  • Final Appearance


Natural stone is both practical and durable and is available in almost any shape or form.

  • As a natural building material, natural stone contains no pollutants that are damaging to the health

  • It can be used safely in food areas. It is incombustible and is a Class A building material

  • Natural Stone ages well

  • It can also be cleaned easily and cheaply

  • The lifetime of natural stone, is extremely long

  • Natural stone is durable


Manufactured Stone Veneer is used as a decorative covering for exterior or interior horizontal walls and surfaces. The veneer is typically 1 inch thick and must weigh less than 15 pounds per square foot, so that no additional structural supports will be required. Manufactured stone veneer is a decorative building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone

  • Manufactured stone will remain consistent in its color and shape


  • Your home or business will look great without depleting or eroding the environment

  • Mass produced stone is generally less expensive

  • Remarkably lighter and much less awkward to work with, it is specifically designed to arrange easily and stick in place permanently


Manufactured Stone Veneer > Natural Stone

  • Manufactured Stone is a much lighter in weight in comparison

  • Natural Stone is typically a more expensive cost upfront

  • Natural Stone may require the area to be reinforced, to hold the weight

  • It is easier to customize a piece from manufactured stone, than natural stone. With natural stone, the more customized you go, the higher the price

  • Manufactured Stone is made to look real, however it is also made to look consistent

  • Manufactured Stone is a simpler stone to work with, especially on a DIY Project, you can easily install the stone yourself.

  • Manufactured Stone offers a wide variety of profiles and colors


Visit one of our showrooms in Lethbridge AB or Calgary AB to find out more about the manufactured stone veneer and natural stone that we have to offer.

In Utah, you can also visit us in Springville.

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