You’ve decided it’s time to restore your home’s exterior, and you know you want to go with a stone veneer. Now what? There are more types of stone veneer than you expected and you have no idea which one to choose. Have no fear, Ai Restoration is here to help you break down the different types of stone veneer and figure out which one is the best option for your home.
Natural Stone Veneer
Natural stone veneer is exactly what it sounds like: naturally occurring stones, usually less than 1-inch thick, that are cut to a uniform weight before being used as a layer or covering for your home’s exterior.
Manufactured Stone Veneer
Created from concrete colored with oxides, manufactured stone veneer is man-made, and is lighter than naturally occurring stone. Manufactured stone veneer also offers a greater degree of customization for colors because they are created – not naturally derived from land. Other names for manufactured stone veneer include faux stone, flexible stone, stacked stone, and manufactured stone.
Manufactured Veneer: Pros and Cons
Lower cost and environmental impact make manufactured veneer an ideal building material. The lighter weight of manufactured veneer also makes it easier to apply without additional structural supports. However, manufactured veneer cannot be repurposed or recycled once it is removed, and it is more prone to chipping and wear than natural stone. Finally, chips and other signs of damage are more difficult to repair or replace in manufactured veneer when compared to natural.
Which is Best?
So which veneer is right for you? This depends on a lot of factors and the best way to determine if natural or manufactured veneer is right for you is to work with a professional siding company. The experts at Ai Restoration are more than happy to talk you through the pros and cons of each type of siding, then work with you from conception to construction to bring you the home exterior of your dreams. What are you waiting for? Give us a call today!