Stone as a cladding material has two main options: natural and artificial. The price difference between the two options can be as much as $20 per square foot. Aesthetically, the two options are almost identical, and many of the benefits are the same.

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Did you know that? Natural stone lasts about twice as long as cast stone veneer.

Moulded stone, also known as artificial stone or moulded veneer (MSV), is made from concrete and uses dozens of pigments to obtain its colour. Basically, it’s made as close to natural stone as possible.

The beauty of natural stone is often overlooked. The rock can be light to dark, blue to red.

In order for the MWV to imitate nature, it must also be cast from molds made of pieces of natural stone. Once completed, cast stone becomes an easier and less expensive option to ship, install and ultimately pay for as a consumer.

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Cost Information – Part

Because stone work is very labor intensive, you will likely need an experienced stone mason or stone siding company to handle the workload. Not only can it be too hard, especially if you choose to do DIY, but the skill and sense of timing that usually comes into play when working with mortar can be a challenge.

The price of natural stone ranges between $20.00 and $35.00 per installed square foot. It is certainly one of the most expensive surface materials, but it offers benefits that can be surpassed by some.

The return on investment of natural stone is 92% higher than the rest and its thermal performance, or R-value, is excellent. – It can reach a value of 5.0, while most materials are below 1.0. Because stone varies in form and style, it is difficult to list all the possibilities, but suffice it to say that natural stone offers great advantages in terms of investment and energy efficiency.

Installed cast stone costs between $14 and $22 per square foot. Again, the advantage here is that it is a lighter and more economical solution for maintaining the look of the stone cladding.

For a typical two-bedroom home with 2,000 square feet of siding, the total cost of natural stone can range from $40,000 to $70,000, while the cost of MEV ranges from $28,000 to $44,000. Several factors affect the total cost of a project – these are discussed below.

Price information – Part 2

One of the likely problems with stone siding is that it does its job so well that moisture trapped behind the siding (or exterior wall) can cause problems over time. – That’s another reason why it’s in your best interest to hire a professional contractor, and the on-the-job experience will help you tremendously.

The following is a breakdown of costs by material and labour. It may not seem like such a difficult task, but in reality it takes a lot of time. Please note that this is an estimate based on national averages.

Natural stone siding: 2,000 ft2 x 27.00 = $54,000 (including labor)
Mortar: 600
Additional Building Materials: $500 (includes anchors, flashing, etc.)
Building Permits: $250

Total, Project Cost 1 = $55,350

MSV brick siding: 2,000 sq. ft. x $15.50 = $31,000
Additional building materials: $1,500 (including metal lathing, mortar, flashing, etc.)
Removal of previous siding: 1 600
Lead/waste disposal: 900
Domestic envelope/water barrier: 500
Building permits: $250

Total project cost 2 = $35,750.

Factors affecting total costs

The first question is whether the old coating should be removed and discarded. – It’s more of an MSV than a natural stone.

The moisture barrier and lathe must be installed on a flat, dry surface. Removing and disposing of the previous coating can add a few thousand dollars to the total cost. Remember, you are creating a place for an excellent product that must have a suitable surface that can support the task.

Work is the next element that adds significant value. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where there are many experts in stone lining, you can get quotes. However, be sure to choose from those who are truly qualified. It’s tempting to save a few hundred dollars on labor costs, but not that much if you choose someone to use your home for such a task for the first time.

Another factor, for both natural stone and MSV, is that not all stones are the same. That’s very good. Breeding variation is a good problem in any market. The only problem is finding what you like best. Chances are contractors have the right choices, sell and install efficiently, so you are essentially limited to these suggestions. But that’s another reason to get quotes.

Additional materials may add significantly or slightly to the total cost of the project. The materials needed to build a stone cladding are generally around $1.00 per square foot or less, as mentioned in our examples above.

However, when you update exterior elements such as window coverings, thousands or even tens of thousands are added, especially when soffits and cornices are included in this model.

Good, bad and so beautiful.

Here we note the advantages and disadvantages and the main reason to consider stone cladding.

Good: Stone is super durable and lasts longer as a coating than any other product. Mother Nature has been producing stone for a long time, producing a beauty and colour that rivals the best of any other material. Although MSV is constantly being improved and can now compete with natural stone in terms of aesthetics. The stone is also resistant to fire and insects. In addition, stone cladding requires very little maintenance and the return on investment is excellent.

Bath: Stone is very expensive. If you compare the price of natural stone with almost all other options, they will seem cheap, although some of them have their advantages and a decent return on investment. In addition, stone is a labor-intensive activity and can cause problems for the house later if not done properly. Additionally, when repairs are needed, it can be costly or nearly impossible to find a stone that matches what was originally installed.

Oh, so beautiful:

Stone has many advantages and some disadvantages, but when it comes to its insulating properties it is unbeatable. Not only does it significantly reduce outside noise, but it also keeps the heat and fresh air in, while keeping the weather out where it belongs.

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