Natural stone siding is typically reserved for grand structures like cathedrals and university buildings, but depending on the structural stability of your home, you can also add it to your home’s exterior to create a stunning look that will last a lifetime.
In fact, depending on where you live, installing natural stone may even earn you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
Natural Stone Siding Benefits
Natural stone siding creates a unique look for your home as it’s not crafted from a mold in a factory and comes in a variety of natural colors and textures to give your home a distinct, one-of-a-kind look. Natural stone is significantly more durable than other types of siding, as it won’t fade over time and is resistant to chipping or scratching.
Additionally, if making an environmentally sustainable choice for your home is important to you, natural stone is a fantastic choice as it is naturally occurring, emits no gases that would impact indoor air quality, plus with its durability and relatively low maintenance it will last the lifetime of your home. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about replacing it and sending construction waste to your local landfill.
How Cost Effective is Natural Stone Siding?
While natural stone siding is probably the most expensive siding choice you can select for your home, unlike other siding choices, you can expect it to last the lifetime of your home so it’s a one-time investment.
Additionally, while the 2016 Cost vs. Value report indicates that replacing your siding can yield a 77% rate of return on your investment, you can expect an even greater return with stone. According to Real Estate Pro Magazine, stone siding is very attractive to prospective home-buyers as they associate natural stone with quality, polish, and durability.
How Does Natural Stone Compare to More Affordable Faux Stone Options?
- You can create the look of natural stone at a more affordable price by using manufactured or faux stone, but it’s important to understand the difference in quality. Faux stone is created by pouring concrete into a mold that resembles natural stone, and then that product is stained so that it more closely natural colors. Contractors started using faux stone decades ago as an alternative to heavy natural stone–typically at least four inches thick–that placed a lot of weight on the structure of a home. Faux stone is less expensive, as it forgoes the quarrying process, but also because its light weight makes for installation significantly easier.
- The natural stone market responded to competition from faux stone by developing new sawing processes to produce a much lighter product, most often referred to as natural stone veneer. Natural stone veneer makes natural stone more budget-friendly and lessens the impact on the structure of your home. The look of natural stone is superior and it can be customized to fit your home as masons can cut and chip stone to make it fit a desired pattern. This kind of customization is less possible with faux stone, as cutting and chipping would expose the inner, unstained concrete. Additionally, while faux stone may look great from far away, up close, it can’t compete with the stunning beauty of natural stone. Natural stone has a unique appearance and texture, while faux stone is limited to a certain number of molds. Finally, in terms of longevity natural stone provides a beautiful look for the lifetime of your home, while faux stone is stained and painted–so count on fading, less durability, and more maintenance.