Home exterior stone siding is trending, and increases curb appeal with a limited need for remodeling. Stone can be used for simply one area of the home exterior and paired with brick, shingles, or stucco siding to draw the eye to the stone portion as a beautiful accent. Stone veneer is actually installed over stucco siding, and it can be applied directly over brick or non-lapped siding as well.
Stucco and stone are two of man’s oldest building materials, with stucco dating back to ancient Greece. Stucco looks great with stone, and is a suitable backing for manufactured stones or stone veneers.
Adding stone to your home exterior adds lasting aesthetic interest. Homeowners have a variety of stone options to create the optimal look that matches their home’s architecture and their personal sense of style. Choose from a variety of stone styles, textures, and colors to achieve the perfect look. Real stones or stone veneers create a look you’ll enjoy each time you come home.
Real stone: Real stones are quarried directly from the earth with nothing added or removed and no color added. They can either be authentic in their shape, such as river stones, or carved to a desired shape, such as blocks.
Manufactured stones are molded to look like real stone. They are lightweight and less expensive than real stones. Manufactured stones are made from a composite of cement, natural aggregates, and often mineral oxides. They are nearly a perfect imitation of real stone. If you love the look of stone, manufactured stone is available at budget-friendly prices and readily available. Here are some tips on the use of manufactured stone for your home exterior or interior:
Rather than doing it yourself, to obtain the best results, skip the DIY concept when it comes to stone siding. A professional installation will ensure a durable and beautiful final outcome. Expertly manufactured stones must be installed properly, or they could risk falling out. Due to their light weight, manufactured stones require an adhesive of specially prepared glue or cement paste to properly adhere them to the home exterior.
The stones can’t be too hot, overly cold, or dusty during the adhesion process. This is where the experience of professionals comes in to provide a quality installation that will last for years to come. A reputable contractor, along with their warranty for manufactured stone installations, is a vital key to success.
When compared to real stones, manufactured stones generally save homeowners over 25% depending on the project size and specifications. Corners increase the price, so part of the equation is how many corners are involved. Custom colored stones require an additional cost, but are enjoyed for years to come.
Focus on the most visible part of your home:
Adding sections of stone can enhance your home’s appearance. Begin with adding stones in the front of your home to highlight attractive features and bring visual interest to your home.
Versatility of manufactured stones:
The lightweight manufactured stones don’t need footings for installation, so they can be installed in a variety of places. Often, manufactured stones are installed on exterior walls, but these stones are so versatile they can be used for fireplaces, mailboxes, patios, fountains, and even your home’s entryway.
Doesn’t impact the environment:
Stones not only look amazing, but they do so without impacting the environment. Stone siding is a simple update that looks fantastic, and it doesn’t contribute as much toxic consequence to our ecosystem as other siding products.
Since stone is naturally resistant to shifts in temperature and doesn’t respond to changes in weather as fast as other types of siding, it’s a wise choice for natural climate control. It is naturally insulating, decreasing utility bills during the heat of summer and the cold of winter.
Manufactured stones are used as a decorative facing material that is not meant to be load bearing.
Stone looks amazing on all different types of home architecture:
- European style
- Prairie homes
- Cottage style
- Craftsman homes
Benefits to installing stone on a home exterior
- Extremely durable and lasts for years to come
- Withstands damage from wind, rain, ice and snow
- Resists fading from sunshine
- Resists unwanted pests unlike homes with wood exteriors
- Helps reduce fire damage and decreases needed repairs if fire occurs
- They are easy on the environment
- Most come with a lengthy warranty
The Value of Researching Home Exterior Companies Before Hiring One
Well-informed consumers find that comparing technologies, installation, and warranties for themselves before hiring a stucco contractor pays off in the long run. And since well-maintained stucco siding and stone accents bring a great return on investment when a property is sold, it’s worth the investment to find the best company for your home exterior needs.
Love Your Stucco puts customers first with their award-winning philosophy, “Think Like a Customer.” Their professional installation experts respect the time and property of each homeowner or business owner they serve. The installation process guarantees exceptional quality, a stress-free experience for customers, and 100% satisfaction. Love Your Stucco offers a highly qualified, knowledgeable team that you can trust. Their system creates beautiful, long-lasting exteriors you can enjoy for many years. Here are some qualifications of Love Your Stucco:
- Licensed and Insured Contractor
- Conventional and EIFS Certified
- Certified Stucco Inspectors
- National Remodeling Contractor of the Year
- Seven-time Best of the Best Award Winner
- National Exterior Remodeling Design Award Winner
- Numerous industry councils, forums, and articles
A Home Exterior You Can Be Proud Of
Love Your Stucco home exterior professionals are able to create custom designs and perform their work with top quality and professionalism. Their over 50 years of combined experience have enabled them to install over 23,000 beautiful residential and commercial exteriors. Detailed oriented craftsmen from Love Your Stucco install stucco right the first time, and with the Fortress system, the stucco lasts for years to come. Get a free consultation today.