If you’ve been thinking about having stone veneer installed either on the interior or exterior of your home, you might have found yourself feeling overwhelmed by the wide variety of product options on the market today. Whether you are shopping in-stores or online, there are dozens — if not hundreds — of stone veneer styles to choose from. This can make the entire selection process seem impossible!
Fortunately, we’re here to help. In this guide, you will discover some tips that will make it easier for you to choose the ideal stone veneer option for your personal tastes and project specifications. And, remember, if you ever have questions about any exterior home renovation job in North Carolina or South Carolina, the team at Hatch Homes is here for you every step of the way.
Choose the right material.
“But, wait,” you might be thinking, “aren’t all stone veneers made from the same material?” Not exactly.
There are two primary sorts of stone veneers available to today’s homeowners — authentic and manufactured. As you probably suspected, authentic (or natural) veneers are very thin layers cut from actual stones, such as granite or limestone. Manufactured veneers, on the other hand, are comprised of a mixture of cement, pumice, and dye that mimics real stone hues.
Both types of stone veneers look great when they are hung on walls, columns, or other residential surfaces. However, some homeowners have preferences that help them decide on one option over the other.
If, for example, you’re extremely environmentally conscious, natural stone veneers will always have less of an environmental impact than manufactured — this is simply the nature of production. Furthermore, in some cases, installation contractors advise using one type of stone over another. When stones are being placed close to the ground, for example, natural stone veneers tend to last longer than manufactured styles.
Know your budget.
Even though stone veneers are always cheaper than full stones for remodeling projects, authentic stone options do tend to be more expensive than man-made ones. If, therefore, you are a Carolina homeowners on a budget, synthetic veneers are likely to be the best choice for you.
It is important, however, to talk to your installation professional before you choose any stone veneer product, just to make sure there aren’t extenuating circumstances you should be aware of that will limit your options. This is rare, but still important — you could, for example, discover that a specific type of stone simply won’t adhere to the surface you intend to use for your project. Again, this is not common, but it is something to be aware of.
It is also a good idea to look into various brands of stone veneer products — some are priced higher than others, so you may need to focus on a few brand names that meet your budgetary needs.
The Hatch Homes team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about the exterior renovation services we offer in North Carolina and South Carolina — and to get answers to questions you may have about turning your house into your family’s dream home!