Stone as a building material — AKA stone siding — dates back to early civilization. These stone structures date back thousands of years, and these structures will continue to last for thousands of years. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, and many medieval castles were built out of stone. And all of them are still standing hundreds and thousands of years later.
In recent years, several companies began producing natural stone siding from quarried stone. This stone is cut to a standard thickness to make for easier and more even installation. Natural stone adds texture and variety of color to the exterior of the home.
The most common types of stone used are limestone, granite, slate, and other natural stones.
Pros of Stone Siding:
- It is the real deal.
- If it is properly cared for, natural stone will last indefinitely.
- Resistant to moisture and humidity. Also impervious to sunlight.
- Stone will not peel, crack, or fade.
- Stone will not decompose over time due to exposure to the elements.
- Natural stone siding will last a lot longer than stone veneer siding.
- Stone is eco-friendly because it is a natural material. It is also recyclable/reusable.
- No maintenance required.
- Easy to clean with a power washer.
Cons of Stone Siding:
- Natural stone is expensive.
- The material is very heavy.
- Labor costs for a mason to install the natural stone can be expensive.
- Color is limited to what Mother Nature created.
- Repairs to damaged stone can be expensive.
If you are thinking of replacing your siding, contact us for a free estimate.
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