Siding with Stone

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 20, 2016

Home with partial stone siding

Stone siding is an excellent way to transform the exterior look of your home. It adds distinction and timelessness to any structure. And if you’re looking for something a little cheaper and easier for your contractor to install, then simulated stone siding might be the answer you’ve been searching for.

The Longest Lasting Material in the Industry

Sure, rock siding looks good, but it’s also far and away the longest lasting siding material on the market. Since it’s already a few billion years old, there’s no reason to assume it won’t last for a few billion years more! All joking aside, if you have an experienced mason install your stone correctly, it should last a few lifetimes before you ever have to worry about it again. You simply won’t find a better material out there when it comes to protecting your home.

Pick Your Quarry

Another great feature of rock siding is the wide range of styles you can choose from. Sandstone, limestone, and granite are the most popular stones used for stone siding, but as long as there’s a quarry out there digging it up, you can choose any stone your pocketbook allows as a siding material. Beyond type of stone, there are many other design features to consider. You can have your stone cut rough and natural, or more even and refined if you prefer. And there’s natural variations such as color and texture to choose from as well (the smooth, rounded look of river rock is always a fan favorite).

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If You’re on a Budget

About the only drawback of rock siding is its cost. Prices vary depending on which stone you choose and how refined you want it to look, but it’s not going to be cheap. Considering that you’ll never have to replace your siding again, the higher initial cost is easy to justify in the end. Still, for some homeowners the cost is preventative. If you fall into this category but still want the timeless look of rock siding on your home, look into simulated stone siding instead. Usually made of cement, these “think rock” veneers are much cheaper, easier to put up, and most people won’t be able to tell the difference between it and the real thing.

Talk to a Mason

There’s really no tougher home improvement project than working with stone. It’s brutal and time consuming work. For this reason, and because laying stone properly takes a high level of expertise, talk to a stone mason to install your stone for you. Even simulated stone siding can be heavy and cumbersome to work with, although any general contractor should be able to help you put it up since it doesn’t require such a high level of skill to install. Whichever direction you choose to go, rest assured that you can’t beat stone when it comes to choosing siding for your home.

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