Natural stone is a beautiful siding option, but unfortunately is out of budget for many. Manufactured stone is an alternative to natural stone that gives you the same look and feel – without breaking the budget. But what is manufactured stone? How is it made? And how does it really compare to the natural stuff?
What Is Manufactured Stone Veneer?
Simply put, manufactured stone veneer (sometimes also just called stone veneer) is a manmade material designed to look like natural stone. It is most often used for statement walls and exterior siding, but it is available in such a range of shapes, sizes, and colors that the options are virtually endless.
How Is Stone Veneer Made?
Stone veneer is made with a combination of Portland Cement, iron oxide pigment, and lightweight natural aggregates. The iron oxide pigment controls the color and the cement and natural aggregates give stone veneer its signature texture.
Where Is It Used?
Due to the wide range of colors, shapes, and styles of stone veneer available, it can basically be used anywhere! Whether the underlying wall is metal or wood-framed, CMU block, brick, or poured concrete, there is a way to apply a stone veneer to virtually any surface.
Certain applications, such as those exposed to high levels of moisture and humidity, may require additional sealants or protective measures upon installation.
How Does Manufactured Stone Hold Up Compared to Natural Stone?
Manufactured stone is lighter than natural stone, so it comes at a lower price point, though it’s not quite as durable. Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all siding option for homeowners. The type of stone siding you choose will depend on your budget, needs, climate, style preference and more.
Are you ready to incorporate a stone veneer accent into your home? Perhaps you’d like to replace your damaged siding with new siding? Call the professionals at Ai Restoration to get started. With decades of experience in exterior restoration, there is nobody more qualified to help you bring your vision for your home to life.