Looking for a stylish and affordable way to revamp a Toms River, NJ home’s exterior? There is a myriad of materials to choose from, but very few check all three boxes quite as well as stone veneer. Manufactured stone veneer consists of thin panels of artificial stone made from hardy yet light materials. Stone veneer offers the beauty and allure of natural stone at a fraction of the cost, as well as a variety of advantages that make it the ideal material for a home’s next makeover.
Variety of designs and styles
Manufactured stone veneer is made in molds that give it the distinctive texture of natural stone. The molds are derived from natural stone samples, giving stone veneer a highly realistic facade. Moreover, manufacturers have complete control over the colors produced, making the final product highly consistent. This means you have a much wider variety of color and texture options with stone veneer compared to natural stone. So whether your design requires the rustic charm of stacked stone, the old world appeal of cobblestones, or the natural weathered textured of sandstone, you are bound to find a variety of options in stone veneer. The variety of colors also opens up the chance to create patterns and borders, giving you the option of more intricate designs to spice up the exterior of a home.
Cost and ease of installation
While natural stone has its advantages, it is a temperamental material given the natural inconsistencies in structure, color and texture. Natural stone also has a greater weight and a higher overall cost. Manufactured stone veneer, on the other hand, offers the same textures and colors at a fraction of the cost. Moreover, the panels are remarkably lightweight, making them easy to install on a wide variety of underlying surfaces. The lighter weight also helps to bring down shipping costs. Very little structural support is needed to hold the panels in place. This allows homeowners to forgo the high installation costs associated with natural stone, which often requires specialized services and equipment to cut and shape the stone. The panels also offer a certain level of flexibility, making them suitable for curved and rounded areas, a feat natural stone cannot accomplish. The thinner panels are also much easier to cut and can be ordered in a variety of sizes, making it possible to create interesting laying patterns without too much hassle.
Easy maintenance and durability
Despite being much lighter, stone veneer can often be as durable as natural stone. The colors are integrated into the manufacturing process, bonding with the material and maintaining their hue fade-free for the years to come. The final result can also be easily pressure washed without any damage, making it easy to keep clean and pristine, although some variants can require sealant on a yearly basis to keep their finish intact. Lastly, manufactured stone veneer offers a high level of consistency, meaning it is easy to match and replace any damaged panels, which is often not possible with natural stone.
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