'''Stone veneer''' is used as a protective and decorative covering for exterior or interior horizontal walls and surfaces. The veneer is typically 1 inch thick and must weigh less than 15 lbs per square foot (73 kg/m²) 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. The names '''artificial stones''', '''stacked stone veneer''', '''manufactured stone''', and '''flexible stone veneer''' are also used for stone veneer.
Brick veneer and solid brick are two terms used to describe the construction techniques of a "brick" house. Solid brick houses are built from brick or masonry. The walls are either constructed of two layers of brick, or a layer of concrete block and an adjacent layer of brick on the exterior. The brick is part of the home's structural support system, and if the brick were removed, the house would suffer structural failures.Brick veneer houses look identical to solid brick structures, but are built using a very different technique. The house itself is built from steel or wooden framing, then covered with wood sheathing or insulation. Brick veneer walls are built several inches away from each exterior wall, then attached to the house with metal ties. In this case, the brick does not play any part in supporting the structural loads of the home. If the brick were removed, the house would continue to stand.