Interested in exploring your siding options? Brick and stone veneer add a richness and timelessness to any home. And better yet, they look so realistic that usually only experts can tell it’s not the real thing. Read on to learn more.
While brick and stone veneer siding is certainly less expensive than authentic material, you should still expect to pay $11 to $15 per square foot. This could vary depending on the materials used and the cost of installation in your area. Contact a local professional for specific cost estimates.
Both brick and stone veneer are very durable siding options. They can withstand a fair amount of damage and will protect a home from fire better than other materials.
Brick and stone veneer are virtually maintenance-free siding options. Stone veneer might need an occasional spray of the hose to clear away any dirt, and brick veneer may eventually need to undergo “pointing,” or grinding out old cement and replacing it with new cement.
While true brick homes are constructed block-upon-block to hold up the house, brick veneer siding is held up by the house itself, secured to the home using small metal ties that allow for a small gap of air between the pre-existing exterior wall and the new exterior facade.
Stone veneer consists of a mixture of natural ingredients, such as Portland cement, lightweight aggregates and iron-oxide pigments, which become integral to the stone during fabrication. The materials are then cast into molds taken from natural stone to produce realistic-looking siding that is lighter than natural stone.
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