If you want to achieve a distinct look for your home, you may consider a stone siding. The main types of stone siding are natural stone siding, solid stone siding, manufactured stone siding, and faux stone siding. There are both pros and cons of each type of stone siding, so you will choose one of them according to your priorities and requirements.
Natural solid stone siding is maybe the most legitimate siding. It is made of real stone, quarried from the earth. It is beautiful and durable. But it also has its drawbacks. It is expensive. It is really heavy. The installation cost is higher. Proper installation takes a skilled professional. It is hard to cut, more difficult to obtain, it features imperfections, textures and tonal variations.
Natural stone veneer is another option for natural stone lovers. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone. The large pieces are sliced into thin profiles to create veneers. Just like natural solid stone, it also has its imperfections, the quality can vary, the colours and textures too. However, it is a bit easier to work with, a bit cheaper, a bit lighter. But still, it remains a heavy, hard-to-cut and somewhat difficult to obtain siding.
So, you may want to take a look at some cheaper, easier and faster options. A popular alternative to natural stone would be the synthetic stone veneer siding.
Manufactured stone is a common and more practical alternative. If you decide to make use of manufactured stone siding, you will be able to enjoy the look of stone siding at a lower price. Manufactured stone is significantly lighter and can offer a realistic aesthetic. It is easier to install, and there is a wide range of colours, patterns and styles to choose from. However, it could be harder for maintenance and its colours may fade over time. Also, installing a manufactured stone is still a process and you may want to hire professional masons. It is not a really inexpensive siding option, although it is more affordable than natural stone.
Maybe the most cost-effective stone-look siding options today is the polyurethane faux stone. Although it sounds like a cheap product, a faux stone panel can look realistic enough, when done right. This siding is made of densely rendered polyurethane and is surprisingly sturdy. At the same time, faux stone veneers are really lightweight and easy to install and are available in many colours and styles. If you are handy and want to do it yourself to save money a faux stone panel is the best choice for you. The faux stone is made into panels, and this allows you to install large chunks at a time which makes the process really swift.
Stone veneer panel siding might be the best choice of all if you want a natural stone look while having many of the benefits of faux stone panel siding. This is an affordable option as well, almost at the price of the faux stone veneer. The installation is relatively easy and if you are a do-it-yourselfer you should be able to save some money.