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Cordova Stone
  1. How are Cordova stone units manufactured?
    The Cordova stone natural look is achieved through combining crushed limestone aggregates, silica, cement and other densifiers. This admixture is carefully molded with automatic machinery. The units are then cured for a minimum of 28 days.

  2. Can I grind or split Cordova stone corners or ends at the jobsite?
    Yes. Pre-finished Cordova stone units may be cut, ground or split at the jobsite.

  3. Can Cordova stone masonry units be patched? Can chips be repaired?
    Yes, Cordova stone masonry units can be patched for very small chips just like repairing stone. Many scratches and scuffs will become almost unnoticed when the wall is clean. Units with large imperfections should not be installed and should be replaced. A matching color Cordova stone patch kit is available.

  4. Can I return Cordova stone masonry units that I do not use?
    No. Cordova stone masonry units are custom manufactured. We require a signed sales contract before we proceed with any order. Cordova stone masonry units that are ordered in excess must be taken and cannot be returned. We strongly recommend that extra care be taken with "take offs" to avoid this problem.

  5. What happens if muratic acid is used on Cordova stone masonry units?
    The danger in using muratic acid on Cordova stone masonry surfaces is that even a small amount of the solution may burn or permanently mar the face of the unit.

  6. How can I be sure it will not be chipped and scuffed in shipment and jobsite handling?
    We take great care in the manufacturing, packaging and shipping of Cordova stone units to protect the finished surfaces. The units are placed on sturdy wooden pallets and covered with a protective layer. Cordova stone units should be handled as finished material on the jobsite to avoid scuffing, chipping or other damage.

  7. Can any mason install this product?
    Any mason can install this product. However, masons who are not experienced in laying architectural units may do a poor job installing Cordova stone. Conversely, masons experienced in laying architectural units who follow best masonry practices can lay masonry units expertly. Unfortunately, no matter how well Cordova stone units are manufactured, if they are not installed properly, the appearance of the project may be disappointing.

  8. Can Cordova stone colors be matched to other types of masonry?
    No, Because Cordova stone units are produced using select natural limestone aggregates, and this is what produces its unique look, any additional pigments may adversely affect its unique texture.

  9. Can Cordova stone units be used in flooring or paving?
    No. Cordova stone units are designed as wall material and are not suitable for flooring or paving.

  10. What special shapes are available?
    Cordova stone specializes in a large assortment of special shapes. Cordova stone can be easily customized using a set of our standard sizes (see the Shapes Section). Just send us a drawing or sketch of the special shape and let us demonstrate our capabilities in producing a one-of-a-kind architectural unit. Cordova stone units are available in sizes up 8"x16"x 24". We would love to create something special for you.

  11. Is there any special mortar required?
    Colored mortar that complements Cordova stone colors can create a seamless effect. Type N mortar is recommended as noted in the product specifications.

  12. Can Cordova stone be used with wood or metal stud back-up walls?
    Yes, it doesn't matter what back-up system is used, Cordova stone is most often used as a veneer.

  13. Do you need special anchors or a wall tieback system?
    No, due to the limited size of units, typical brick veneer wall ties may be used. Always use horizontal joint reinforcement within the Cordova stone veneer wall.

  14. When cleaning, will dark colored brick installed above Cordova stone stain the lighter colored Cordova stone unit?
    No, there has never been a problem with staining, but always remember to follow carefully manufacturers' recommendations.

  15. Does Cordova stone come in pieces larger than a 16"x 24" face dimension?
    No, 16"x 24" is the largest single Cordova stone size unit as of Spring 2006. The product line will continue to expand, so contact your local dealer to verify the sizes.

  16. Can Cordova stone be used for interior applications?
    Yes, Cordova stone is typically used as an exterior veneer, but is definitely an option for interior stone wall designs.

  17. Should you use horizontal joint reinforcement?
    All masonry units should use some type of horizontal joint reinforcement. When installing Cordova stone it is recommended every 16" o.c. and every course when laying 12" or 16" tall units.

  18. How far apart should the control joints be spaced?
    This is one of the most critical issues when designing a masonry wall. Control joints should be no more than 25' apart. Placement of the joints is just as important. They should be located near corners, at openings, at wall height changes and at piers. When Cordova stone is installed less than 8' high on a wall, control joint spacing should be reduced to approximately 16' apart.

  19. How does Cordova stone compare in price to other similar products on the market?
    There are many factors to consider when determining the in-wall costs. Cordova stone is very versatile and the most economical product for the amount of shape variations available to you.