If you love the look of stone but cannot afford it, stone veneer siding may be the option for you. Stone veneer is also referred to as faux-stone siding, manufactured stone, or stone facing.
Natural stone veneer siding is made from real stone that is quarried and then sliced into thin pieces to create the veneer. Since it is a natural product, no two pieces will be the same.
Manufactured stone veneer siding is made from lightweight concrete. Polymers are added for extra strength. Pigments are also added to color the concrete. The mixture is then poured into rubber molds that were shaped using real stone so that it has an authentic look, and color variations can differ greatly.
Stone veneer siding is available in styles that look like authentic stone—including fieldstone, stackstone, ledgerstone, riverstone, cut stone, limestone, and castlestone. It is also available in a variety of color mixes. Because pigments are used to color the concrete mix, stone veneer is available in almost any color.
The material is available in individual pieces and panels. The individual pieces allow for more creative freedom, but it is more difficult to install. The panels—which are usually two to eight square feet in size—are easier to install. L-shaped pieces are also available for seamless corners.
Stone veneer needs to be professionally installed by a mason. The material also needs to be maintained to avoid moisture issues.
Pros of Stone Veneer:
- Stone veneer siding provides a natural look for less cost.
- Lighter than actual stone.
- Easier to install than actual stone.
- Is considered eco-friendly because the material can be recycled.
- Available in a lot of different colors.
Cons of Stone Veneer:
- Some cheaper variations of stone veneer siding are painted, and the paint can wear away.
- Stone veneer is not as strong as real stone. But it is as strong as some other siding types.
- The mortar that holds the veneer together can crack.
- Moisture can get into the veneer, and, if it freezes, it can cause the stone to crack.
- Stone veneer is very absorbent, and it can lead to mold issues.
- Will not last as long as real stone.
- Harsh chemicals can mar the appearance.
- Color can fade from manufactured stone veneer.
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