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Top 7 Stone Siding FAQs

Builders and architects have used stone as a building material for centuries. Today’s homeowners can choose from a number of stone siding options that uphold the material’s classic and sophisticated look. Read on for answers to the top 7 questions you may have about stone siding.


Real stone siding offers a stately, high-end look for both residential and commercial properties. (Ailesbury Stone Siding European Natural Limestone – Castle Stone)

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.

What other stone siding questions do you have? Let us know in the comments.

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(7) Comments

  1. I am building a home and plan on using the ‘faux stone’ panels on certain areas. The home is built with ICF foam blocks. Is any special backing necessary to prepare the surface? In other words can the panels be adhered? Or mounted directly to the foam blocks?

    Thanks for your help

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for getting in touch! You should be fine installing the faux panels on the ICF foam but you will need to ensure the adhesive is rated for ICF foam. If it is not rated for that substrate the chemicals could react and eat away at the substrate cause it to all fall apart. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Derek,

      You can install MSV over a stucco wall but you have to be sure the wall is even or the stones will not install evenly. If it is not even you will need to build up a mortar base on the wall. When using manufactured stone you will need to use “S” type mortar. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for your question. Yes you bet! that would work perfectly fine. The Faux Stone and either be nailed, screwed, or adhered to the brick. If using a construction adhesive you need to make sure the brick is cleaned first so that the adhesive has a good base to stick to.

      If you have any other questions please feel free to contact a product representative at 1-877-631-2845 and we’ll be happy to help.

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