Stone veneer pros and cons
A stone veneer installation that is done by a competent expert can improve multiple facets of your home further than what bricks and specially made walls can. With a metal interior set down, pinned into place by nails, the stone wall is built up against your wall. Once installed, the stone veneer will last you for much of the century. There are multiple benefits to having one, with few disadvantages to boot. Here are some of the things it can offer you:
- Does not need footing support
- Can help insulate and cool a home
- Adds an exquisite addition and detail to your home
- Adds another resistant aspect to your home
- Generally lighter than other materials
The only disadvantage one could see would be done by a hasty installation. Fortunately, the experts at Amity Home Maintenance Solutions take our time with every job. We make sure to use the best products that will last with the home for decades and keep moisture out with the best sealing technique for stone veneers. In Branford, CT, the weather is always supportive for such an installment to a home. When choosing a stone veneer, not only do you add a sense of beauty to your home, but an addition that can improve it as well.
What is stone veneer made of?
Stone veneer has more than one method of installation, but the most common type of stone veneer is generally natural stone. There are two points of origin for the stones that go into the subject wall. First, is field stones are recovered due to the weathered and naturally molded appearance. The second is manufactured stones from a quarry. In both cases, the stones are edited to fit a certain weight that would be sustainable in a stone veneer wall. In both, concrete is used to hold the stones together and seal the interior from moisture.
There is a third option that is known as faux or manufactured stone veneer that is made from concrete and is colored in a way generally chosen by the customer. While it is lighter and cheaper than the natural alternative, the concrete does unfortunately not last as long. That said, it does offer more options for appearance and texture that would normally be harder to exactly find in natural stone.
The average lifespan of natural stone veneers often reaches up to several decades with a relatively low amount of care. This is due to the natural elements being able to sustain weathering far better than what manufactured stone can. While manufactured stone does not last that long, it does offer an easier and greener method of replacement. As opposed to the natural option, which when broken down cannot necessarily be repurposed.
Is stone veneer cheaper than brick?
Stone veneers are on average cheaper and better than brick walls. While brick walls are some of the longest-lasting walls historically, they take more labor to apply and complete. Furthermore, stone veneer requires less labor and is easier to fashion than most materials that can be used in the same instance.
When putting both materials in the same setting, whether it’s a wall or a veneer, stone wins out in terms of cost and usage. Especially when both materials are in a veneer format, stone is both better for your home by holding itself up and is more resistant to a huge amount of differing exterior circumstances. Brick veneers must be held up by the structure or home and can more easily be damaged.
In terms of waterproofing, stone veneers are extremely dense and when done well do not retain the moister on the interior or exterior. The reason for that is the materials in the cement holding the natural or faux stones together. Furthermore, rainwater easily slides off the well put in place stone veneer.
In terms of fireproofing, most stone veneers are resistant if not completely fireproof. The only reason otherwise is if the stones or materials on the interior of the veneer are made of foam, sometimes being the case with some faux stones. This is also the case if the stone veneer is built over something flammable such as wood paneling.
In both cases, stone veneers are designed to take the elements such as rain and heavy wind. They are highly capable when installed onto your home and offer several advantages to the scenery and interior of your home.
Can stone veneer be installed over plywood?
On most surfaces on the interior or exterior of your home, a stone veneer can be installed. On something like plywood or another lighter material surface, the key to the installation is placing down layers of weather-resistive barriers. A metal surface can then be applied or in place of the weathering barrier before the stone is applied to the surface. As mentioned, the surface of the metal is designed to fit into the surface whether it’s faux or natural stone veneer. Especially around a fireplace, a stone veneer can add another edge of beauty to your home today. If you’re interested in stone veneer installation, call 203-390-7399 today so Amity Home Maintenance Solutions can get your process started in Branford, CT today.