Stone Veneer – A Solid Choice for Siding
Stone veneer may be a slight trick of the eye, but what a trick it is. The unique look of stone veneer can make it appear as if your house is a solidly constructed stone mansion and it can do it for a fraction of the cost.
Add a Bit of Drama to Your Home’s Appearance
Stone veneer may be the most unique of all the siding options due to its dramatic appearance. As the name implies, the siding has the look of stone blocks and, indeed, is made of actual stone. But the process used to create it results in a durable and lightweight siding material that offers protection and beauty.
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Natural Stone Veneer
The natural type of stone veneer is made from actual stone that has been sliced from a larger stone to an average thickness of one inch and weighs no more than 15 pounds. The veneer may be comprised of different types of stones, but some organizations and communities require that stone veneer used in their jurisdiction be comprised of rocks that are native to the area.
With natural stone veneer, the thinly sliced rocks are arranged and cut to fit the area to be covered, placed inside a rubber form and held in place with cement. The entire section of stone veneer is held onto the home with mortar. The result is a covering that is protective and attractive.
Artificial Stone Veneer
In addition to natural stone veneer siding, there is also man-made stone veneer that is designed to look like real stone. The man-made stone veneer is also known as manufactured stone veneer, artificial stones, or flexible stone veneer. Man-made stone veneer is often cheaper and weighs less than natural stone veneer and can also be painted in a wider variety of colors and designs than can be found in nature. However, environmental types may not opt for the man-made veneer because it cannot be recycled when the time comes.
Appreciated for Its Longevity and Toughness
With regards to the elements, stone veneer can be a pretty tough barrier between you and the outside. When prepared in the proper manner (coated with a sealer), the veneer will withstand years of exposure. However, it is important to note that as with all stone, this veneer can be affected by acid as well, which means you should refrain from using cleaners with an acid base when washing the siding.
Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised at the dramatic “after” look of their home when they install stone veneer siding. Homes have a more solid appearance and in many cases go up in value when stone veneer is applied. And depending on the combination of the types of stones used, the home can take on a surprisingly wide variety of colors.
For a dramatic change to your home, consider stone veneer siding and transform your house into a virtual castle.