Considering Stone Siding? Learn The Benefits Of 3 Stone Siding Options

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If you love the look of stone siding, you aren't alone. It is quickly becoming a trendy siding option in many high-end neighborhoods. However, whether you are considering siding your entire home in this material, or just accenting columns or the front portions of your home with it, you may not realize that there are three different stone siding options. Learning about these materials, and their benefits, will help you select the one that is best for your home.

Faux Stone Siding

Faux stone siding is made primarily from cement. The cement is poured into a long mold that has many circular indents to give it the look of a rock-like panel. Once the cement has hardened in the mold, it is removed and painted, giving it the colors and textures that allow it to resemble natural stone.  Here are a few of the benefits of faux stone siding:

  • Inexpensive

Natural stone siding can be very expensive. Unfortunately, because of the high cost, it may not be the best option for some homeowners. If you are looking to side your home on a budget, faux stone siding can give you the look of stone without the high price tag.

  • Light Weight

The other major advantage to faux stone siding is that it is lighter in weight than both manufactured stone veneer siding and natural stone siding. The benefit to being lighter in weight is that it is easier to install. If your siding is heavy, vertical support beams may need to be placed before the siding can be hung. This increases both the cost of the project and the time it takes to complete. If you want to keep installation costs low and get siding up quickly, faux stone siding may be a great choice for you.

Manufactured Stone Veneer Siding Manufactured veneer stone siding is also made primarily of cement, just like faux stone siding. However, whereas faux stone siding is made using a long, panel-like mold, manufactured stone veneer siding is created by making small concrete stones and then setting those into mortar. This is the same process that is used to make natural stone siding, however real stones are used for that process, rather than concrete stones.  Here are a few of the benefits of manufactured stone veneer siding:

  • Realistic Looking

One of the benefits to manufactured stone veneer siding is that it looks more like natural stone than faux stone siding. This is the most realistic looking of the fake stone products that are out there. And while this product is a bit more expensive than faux stone siding, it is still cheaper than natural stone siding, making it a great option for those who love the look of real stone but have budgets that won't allow for it.

  • Availability of Colors

The second advantage to manufactured stone veneer siding is that you can get a stone veneer siding in just about any color. This is because you get to select the color of the stone and the color of the mortar. This gives you a more personalized look than you can get with faux or natural stone siding.

Natural Stone Siding

Natural stone siding is the only stone siding option that features real stones. The real stones are placed into mortar, creating a siding panel that can be attached to your home. Here are a couple benefits of natural stone siding:

  • Long Lifespan

One of the biggest benefits to using natural stone for your siding is that it lasts longer than a faux or manufactured stone material. Natural stone can last for up to 100 years, whereas a faux stone generally only lasts for about 50 years.

  • Improves the Value of Your Home

The other advantage to real stone is that it increases the value of your home more than faux or manufactured stone siding. This is important to keep in mind if you plan on selling your home in the near future. More buyers want real stone than fake stone, and they are willing to pay for it.

If you want to use a stone or stone-like product to accent your home or to side the entire home, you have to make a decision. You can either use faux stone siding, manufactured stone veneer siding or natural stone siding. Learning about the benefits of each material will help you decide which is best for you.


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Building our Guest House Was a Great Decision

For years, my wife and I debated on what we wanted to do with all of the spare land in the back of our house. We were lucky enough to buy a house on an extra-large lot for a great deal, but the land was "going to waste" for quite a while. One day, we finally decided to have a guest house built on it, and now that the house is finished, we wish we had built it long ago. We are now renting it out for some extra income, and it is helping us save for retirement. I have always been fascinated by construction, so I enjoyed watching the professionals build the guest house and learned a lot during the process. I decided to fill some free time by blogging about the experience and sharing some construction info I learned during the process. Come back soon!