Exterior stone veneer products have gotten somewhat of a bad name in recent years. They are touted as a product that can give you the look of a hand laid stone siding exterior but at a fraction of the cost (both material and labor) and time commitment to install. This product is thinner than real stone and is applied in large sheets to the side of the home. I have heard a lot of designers calling it fake stone siding, and I suppose it technically is, but it does provide a great option to folks who love the look of stone but cannot afford the steep price tag. Before you totally write off this product I highly suggest you check it out at your local home improvement store, I think that you will be surprised at the awesome options available today. This gorgous stone home is actually covered in the veneer siding not the real thing! You would never know the difference, and it only took our crew a day or two to install. That is huge when you compare it to the amount of time traditional stone siding takes to order and apply.
Can you believe that this gorgous mansion is actually covered in beautiful faux stone siding materials? It is crazy how new innovations in building materials and decor give homeowners so many fantastic alternatives to your typical products of years past. Just a decade ago, if you wanted to use stone siding on your home you had to pick out your typical rocks or slabs and have it laid similar to traditional brick facades. This was a long and arduous process that cost quite a lot of money. New and improved vinyl stone siding products offer a fantastic alternative to this traditional application process and timeline. Stone siding is applied in large panels along the exterior of the home, quickly and at a much lower cost. I think of it as very similar to installing backsplash tile sheets or a mosaic design in the bathroom. It looks highly detailed but is actually deceptively cost and time efficient. Even better, these products are available in a wide variety of color palettes, sizes, shapes and price points to suite any architectural style or budget.
I go crazy over gorgous cultured stone siding homes like this elegant English style mansion. The subtle mixture of grey tones looks so lovely against deep green hedges and flowering trees. I would love to put this siding on our new home but, honestly it is just too expensive. The cost of the material and specialized labor is way out of our budget, so I have been looking into stone veneer products that would give a pretty much identical look at a fraction of the price. Faux stone siding like this comes in sheets that are usually sold in 2 foot square pieces. They are somewhat thin and can be applied kind of like tile to the exterior of your home. So far, the products that I have seen in the store look incredibly similar to my inspiration home and even look and feel like real stone. The only drawback that I have seen so far is that they do not seem as durable as actual river rock or stone siding. I need to decide if achieving the exact look that I want for our home is worth possibly sacrificing longevity and durability of the material.
Similar to todays popular stone veneer siding, there are also easy to install faux brick options. These products offer the same fantastic look as standard brick but are available in large easy to install sheets that are far less expensive than the regular material. You will probably be surprised to find out that this gorgeous new home is finished in the brick veneer product that I am talking about. The unique grey and brown toned brick has a very contemporary feel to it, quite different that the very colonial red coloring that we are used to seeing. The brick siding blends beautifully with the wood shutters and eye catching rustic architectural accents that pervade throughout the rest of the exterior. You could certainly purchase regular brick that looks similar to this, but it would be very pricy and take forever to install on a home of this size. For this reason, I would highly suggest investigating other products whether it be these veneer brick or stone siding options, that offer fantastic alternatives to your usual building materials.
So many of our clients this year have been asking about rock siding options for their homes. Stone siding is becoming a very popular trend for 2022, I think because it offers something a little different than a traditional brick look. I like the versatility that stone has, as well as its ability to blend well with many different architectural styles both traditional and very modern. If you like the look of these houses but cant afford the steep price tag, faux stone is a great option for you. Believe it or not, this gorgous estate home is actually finished in stone veneer panels as opposed to your traditional application. It offers a time efficient and cost effective alternative that looks just as fantastic as your more traditional materials. Sometimes I actually like it better because there tends to be more color and size varieties than are offered in real stone siding. I certainly encourage you to talk to your contractor about using faux stone siding options on your house, or go to a local home improvement store and check out some samples for your self.
When we were looking for a way to upgrade the curb appeal of our drab stucco home without spending a ton of time or money, I stumbled upon stone veneer panels. I had been searching online for stone siding options that were not as huge of a commitment as a full dedicated exterior, and these products kept coming up in the forums. I had never heard of it before so I delved into some extensive research to see exactly what this type of siding is and if I could potentially utilize it for our project. This veneer material is essential faux stone panels, very similar to a mosaic tile square for a backsplash, that you can quickly and easily mount to the side of your home. You can cover the entire exterior of your home or just do certain sections to provide an interesting decorative accent. That is what we decided to do for our house. We have a pretty modern style home so I thought that stone siding could be an interesting accent to some of the wood and metal features we had. The entire project only took our contractors a few days and I think that it totally transformed the look of our house.