All About Stone
This is where your stone project begins. Welcome to Stone 101, where you’ll find information and inspiration about all the ways to reshape, refine and reimagine your home with stone veneer. Whether you’re building your dream home or remodeling an existing one, researching product choices or looking for a weekend project, this is the place to start.
Stone veneer is the generic name for cladding products that are cast using molds and colors to replicate natural stone. It adds character to a home’s exterior or interior for a reasonable price. It is typically used to accent traditional exterior siding materials like wood, stucco, aluminum or vinyl. Unlike natural stone, you’re not limited to “what’s on hand” with stone veneer. A wide variety of designs and colors are readily available, providing more design options than full dimensional masonry — all at a fraction of the cost.
Natural stone, traditional brick, stone and brick veneer ... there are as many ways to bring the distinctive look of masonry to your home as there are home styles. Whether you’re finishing your exterior or updating a room inside your home, there are a variety of products on the market today to fit any project, taste and budget. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide what’s right for your project.
There are hundreds of elements that make up a home’s exterior – and you’ll want to carefully understand each one to ensure your exterior project is a success. Here, we’ve defined every element so you can see what’s what – and how it all works together to surround and serve your home.
Whether it’s a light refresh or a full-on makeover, knowing what decisions you’ll need to make and what you can afford is a smart start. Then of course, there are the design decisions. Overwhelmed? Relax: We’ve made it easy to understand.
From rustic to traditional, old world to contemporary, perhaps no other material imparts an air of distinction quite like stone. Highly prized and preferred for centuries, a stone finish — whether inside or outside — remains a popular choice of designers, architects, builders and homeowners.
The most important factor to consider when embarking on any project is the quality of your materials, which is especially important when it comes to your home. Whether you’re building from scratch or just giving your home a facelift, it’s essential to choose products that are not only beautiful but also offer strength and staying power.
A successful installation requires skill, patience and preparation. Professionals who install stone veneer on a regular basis are the most skilled choice for installation. However, contractors and builders who install other exterior products like siding offer another option. However, homeowners who are skilled at remodeling projects may feel comfortable tackling the installation of stone on smaller projects themselves. Here is an overview of the basic installation steps.
Unless you live in a totally arid climate, wind-driven rain will eventually force moisture onto stone applied to an exterior. If there is not a plan for water drainage or the wall is not properly prepared, this can lead to water damage to the stone veneer as well as to the wall behind it. The good news is that the damage can be avoided by using one of many moisture protection methods.