Glossary of Terms
Welcome to Our Glossary of Terms web page. To ensure "product specific" descriptions of products, the following terminology will facilitate discussions and ordering procedures.
Bed Depth – The approximate distance from the front face of the chopped stone to the back side of the stone.
Course Height – Dimension from the bottom edge of the stone or stone course, to the top edge.
Coursed Veneer – Veneer stones having equal heights to form each continuous course.
Uncoursed Veneer – Veneer stones having unequal heights.
Length– Horizontal dimension of individual stone segments.
“Nominal” or "Approximate"– 1/8” to 3/4" variation in stone dimensions.
Stone Patterns and Face Finishes
Dimensional Stone - Natural building stone that has been sawn or machined on all sides to specific shapes and/or sizes.
Random Builders Stone (sometimes called “rubble” or “flagstone”) - Irregularly broken and random sized pieces of stone, set in irregular patterns.
Quarry Chopped, Snapped Edge (Uncoursed) – Stone is split/chopped at top and bottom beds and at approximate right angles at the ends.
Sawn Top And Bottom (Uncoursed or Coursed) - Sawed at the top and bottom beds and the ends are split/chopped either by hand or by machine at approximate right angles to the top and bottom surface.
Roughback - Outside, natural, exposed surface of a quarry block, having one side sawn and the opposing side natural or rough. The natural face of the stone has a wider range of colors due to weathering (See Stone Types and Colors).
Split-faced - The face surface area of individual modules is chopped to give a rough textured finish.