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Stone Veneer Siding Cost & Materials Guide

Stone veneer siding is an attractive and affordable alternative to stone and other traditional sidings. It's made from natural ingredients such as cement, iron-oxide pigment and aggregate. Stone veneer looks almost identical to real stone and is a popular choice for those looking for a more cost-effective solution. The warmth and beauty of stone veneer comes in a variety of styles and colors, which make it appealing to builders.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost: $9.00

  • Average maximum cost: $16.00

The average costs based on a 1,500-square-foot home are between $13,250 and $24,000. Stone veneer is considerably more expensive than other cheaper options such as vinyl but is mostly maintenance free and durable, making it a longer-lasting, cost-effective option. The general rule of thumb for calculating the amount of stone needed is by figuring out the square footage covered with stone, and to deduct one square foot for each linear foot of corners.

Materials Needed to Install Siding

Although it is recommended to hire a professional to have the job done right and with a guarantee, some homeowners choose to go the DIY route. To get started with installing stone veneer, the basic tools and materials should be on hand, like a masonry brush, saw, trowel, grout and hammer. Also, be sure to have some protective ground covering under the stone such as a tarp. The important thing to remember is to keep the stone clean during installation. This way the stone stays smooth and will attach easier and not attract dirt or any other foreign objects. As soon as the mortar is applied, wipe off any excess on the stone before it dries. Dried mortar could leave a dull, filmy appearance on the finished stone. A brush and water is all that is needed to clean off the stone.

Advantages of Stone Veneer

Stone veneer siding is extremely strong. It is known for its durability and its longevity, and it provides great insulation. Stone veneer is highly resistant to the usual factors that contribute to a building's demise - insects, rot, mildew and even fire. Insurance companies will usually offer lower premiums because of stone's fire resistant properties. Because of its lightweight portability, stone veneer is exceptionally easier to install and lighter than real stone, making it a more cost-effective alternative. A huge perk of stone veneer is that it can be installed over wood, concrete, brick and even sheet metal.

Disadvantages of Stone Veneer

Stone veneer can be costly compared to other sidings such as vinyl or clapboard. Also, certain varieties of stone mixtures may not look as authentic as the real thing. There is also the potential for rainwater to get in and damage some of the underneath of the exterior because of gaps in the mortar.

A durable, attractive and flexible alternative to other sidings, stone veneer siding is worth considering when homeowners are searching for a home covering.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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