1. What are my stone siding options?
Homeowners can choose from a range of natural stone siding options including, slate, limestone, marble, travertine, and quartzite. While natural stone siding offers unmatched beauty and strength for both interior and exterior applications, it’s one of the more labor-intensive and expensive options because it requires harvesting, hauling, and installing real stone.
If you’re looking for a more cost-effective alternative to the real thing, you can go with manufactured stone veneer or faux stone siding instead. These options are manufactured to recreate the look of stone with more affordable materials and are available in easier to install formats.
2. What is stone veneer panel siding?
Stone veneer panel siding is made from real stone, often slate or quartz. Because it’s produced in carefully configured panels, this type of siding fits together as a system instead of requiring individual placement for each stone.
3. What is manufactured stone veneer siding?
Manufactured stone veneer siding isn’t made with real stones. Rather, it’s made from a mixture of Portland cement, iron oxide pigments, and aggregates poured into stone-shaped molds. This material is much lighter than natural stone, but it looks similar and comes with a lower price tag. With proper maintenance and installation, manufactured stone veneer siding can last as long as the house it’s built upon.
4. What is faux stone panel siding?
The most lightweight stone siding option, faux stone panel siding is made from a combination of polyurethane, UV inhibitors, and fire retardants; these materials are shaped to mimic real stone. This product typically looks like natural stone due to the authentic looking veneer applied to the panels. Faux stone panel siding also has insulation properties that can benefit your home, and the panels’ coloring blocks ultraviolet (UV) rays to stay rich and bold for years.
5. How long does stone siding last?
No matter which type of stone siding you choose, it will last for decades. Natural stone siding can last for a century or more, especially with occasional maintenance and repair. Manufactured stone and faux stone siding often come with manufacturer warranties that guarantee the quality of the materials under normal conditions; these can range from 20 to 75 years, depending on the product.
6. Does stone siding require maintenance?
Like most kinds of siding, it’s best to clean stone siding with water, a soft bristle brush, and a neutral cleaner or specialized masonry cleaner. Consult your siding manufacturer to determine whether it’s safe to use a pressure washer. Natural stone needs to be sealed to ensure a long life. Both natural and manufactured stone siding require occasional touch-ups and repointing, so inspect it at least once a year to identify potential issues.
7. Should I call a professional to install stone siding?
Homeowners can install some types of stone siding as DIY projects, especially if the installation covers a relatively small area. Depending on the type of manufactured siding you choose, you can install using a metal lath system, a cement board, or thick foam. Installing natural stone requires masonry skills and can demand special equipment, so when going natural, consult a professional.
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