December 23, 2013

Types of Stone Facing

Vinyl and wood siding each have their own benefits, but stone facing is quickly growing in popularity to replace these options. In fact, stone was used for centuries not only as the main structure for the homes but also only on the outside as a facing. Today, facing is available in a wide variety of types, colors, and styles.

Natural stones are one option you can choose. It is often selected because it is not uniform. Patterns, colors, sizes, and shapes all differ from piece to piece. These stones provide a high level of durability. The biggest downfall is in the weight and installation. These stones, in bulk, add a lot of weight to the home’s structure and outer walls. They also take more time to install, mainly because you have to fit the inconsistent pieces together, kind of like a puzzle. The remaining gaps are filled with mortar.

Stone Veneer has many of the same benefits of natural stones. They are also made by nature, but the difference is in the cutting. This particular form of natural stones are much thinner because they are cut in thin slices from the original pieces. Since they are thinner, they weigh a lot less. Veneer stones also have an inconsistent shape and size that must be considered during installation.

Faux brick or stone can also be chosen. These “fake” versions are manufactured to present consumers with a less expensive option without sacrificing the look of real stones. There are several different types available. You could choose versions made of a polyurethane blend that comes in sheets that interlock or line up for easy installation. Other versions involve tinting concrete and pouring it into molds that create sheets. Regardless of which type you choose, they are often made to mimic the natural look.

When you are choosing a facing for your home, it is important to consider your budget and the installation difficulty, especially if you plan on handling the installation on your own. Due to the rising popularity of this facing, the curb appeal and value of your home may increase. It is a good idea, particularly when choosing natural stones, to have a professional come out and inspect your home to make sure it is possible to use the types of stones you have chosen.

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