Natural stone is a much more durable product than manufactured stone, as it is not prone to chipping and scratching.
The inner core of natural stone presents the same color and texture as the surface of the stone. Many manufactured products are only pigmented on the surface layer and can be affected by weather, UV rays, pressure washing, bleeding color and fading.
Manufactured products absorb more water than natural stone, which could eventually cause installation to deteriorate. Manufactured stone application begins four inches above the soil or two inches above concrete to keep moisture from being absorbed into the surface.