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What is Faux Stone Siding?

Whether you want to update the siding on your home or commercial property, the look of stone is popular and creates a beautiful building exterior. To achieve this aesthetic, you have a range of options, including faux stone siding panels. This product looks like natural stone, but is crafted from a unique high-impact material that provides a plethora of benefits. Here’s a guide to help you learn more about faux stone siding panels:


Faux stone’s simulated rock appearance will compliment a range of exteriors (StoneWorks Faux Stone Siding – Sandy Buff).

Man-made Materials

Instead of quarried natural stone or cement based manufactured stone veneer, faux stone siding is a foam-like material composed of polyurethane, UV inhibitors and fire retardants. Along with looking like the real thing, this versatile material is sturdy and resists heat.

Variety is one of the big benefits of polyurethane based products. The substance can take on colors, patterns and textures that allow it to mimic your favorite stone look. Additionally, polyurethane can be cut in just as many shapes and sizes as natural stone.


In addition to providing you with color and pattern options, faux stone siding panels have other benefits. Here are some of the pros of installing the material:

“Faux stone siding’s lightweight qualities makes it easy to install.”

Lightweight: Because other stone siding options tend to be on the heavier side, they require an involved installation process. For those who want the look of stone with a faster and easier installation, choosing faux stone siding is the way to go. Weighing as little as one pound per square foot, you can cut and carry the panels by yourself (no need for more hands). This makes the job go smoothly and will also save you on labor costs.

Insulation: Faux stone’s polyurethane composition offers additional insulation value that other types of a stone siding can’t. Faux stone’s R-value helps prevent your home from losing heat in the winter and warming up in the summer, which will help you cut back on your energy bills. This is a great selling point should you ever move.

Impact resistant: Faux stone siding panels are constructed of high-density polyurethane, so not only are they heat resistant, but they’re also impact resistant. Ever worry about hail? You don’t have to with faux stone. Or what about branches on a windy day? Your siding stands up to the elements, maintaining its beautiful look for years to come.


Because polyurethane is versatile in terms of looks, you can choose from various stone-looks. Here are some different profiles that may appeal to you:

Castle rock: This pattern features large-cut faux stones that vary in orientation and shape. Long, narrow cuts are mixed with squares and all are flush.


Ledge or stacked: With numerous long, slender pieces oriented horizontally, stacked stone is stylish. The edges aren’t uniform, so you have a natural-looking finish. It comes in many stone imitations.


Limestone: Similar in pattern to castle rock, limestone faux stone looks like, well, authentic limestone.


Offering the look of real stone in a convenient format, faux stone siding is an affordable alternative to other more traditional siding options. Along with being lightweight and easy to install, it’s more affordable too. It doesn’t get much better than that.

What stone look appeals to you most?

Browse our selection of high-impact faux stone siding panels here. Transform the look of your property with style.

(5) Comments

  1. Hi,

    I am concerned if faux panels are toxic. I would like to do my foundation and retaining wall with this material, yet am worried if fumes or gases will be released when exposed to the sun over a long period of time.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Donna,

      Yes this can be used on the outside of a fireplace, just not the inside. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  2. My house is 32′ X 80′ X 12′ H. How much do I need? What is the cost? How much is shipping, if anything, to Hope Hull, Alabama? What is the size and weight of each panel? Send photos of all options and siding

    Thank you.

    Mitchell Reisner

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Mitchell,

      Thank you for your interest in our products! We have quite a few products so amounts, pricing and shipping charges can change. I am passing your information along to one of our outdoor customer service representatives and they can get in touch and help with all your questions!

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