Choosing Between Brick and Stone for Your Home
When designing the exterior of a home, it’s important to consider factors such as the style of the home, the budget, and the climate. Choosing materials and features that are durable, energy-efficient, and low-maintenance can help save money and time in the long run.
Should I choose brick or stone for my home?
There are several factors to consider when deciding between brick and stone for your house:
Both brick and stone are known for their durability and long lifespan. However, brick may be more susceptible to damage from freeze-thaw cycles and may require more maintenance over time. Stone, on the other hand, is generally more resistant to weathering and may require less maintenance.
Both brick and stone can be used to create a range of different looks for your house. Brick is generally a more traditional choice, while stone can be used to create a more modern or rustic look. Consider which aesthetic you prefer and how it will fit in with the rest of your neighborhood.
The cost of brick and stone can vary significantly depending on the type and quality of the materials you choose. Historically, brick was considered less expensive than stone. That is changing with developments in real stone veneer. Ultimately, the cost varies depending on the specific type of brick or stone you choose and various installation factors.
Both brick and stone can be good choices for energy-efficient homes. Brick is a good insulator and can help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Stone is also a good insulator and can help to regulate the temperature inside your home.
Ultimately, the decision between brick and stone for your house will depend on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your home. Consider consulting with a professional builder or architect to help you make the best choice for your needs.
What is Stone Veneer?
Stone veneer is a thin layer of natural or artificial stone that is used to cover the surface of a building or structure. It is often used as an alternative to building stone, which is a thicker and more expensive material.
Real stone veneer, like Natural Facing, is 100% natural stone that has been sawn thin.
New Technology Makes Real Stone Affordable
Natural Facing utilizes specialized saws to cut real stone into thin, easy-to-install veneer. Prior to this technology, manufactured stone veneer was the only alternative to heavy building stone. Natural Facing is more durable, has a better color variation, and requires less maintenance than manufactured stone.
Using Stone Veneer instead of Building Stone
In the early 2000s manufactured stone was popular and price effective because real stone veneer did not exist. Also called fake stone, this material did not hold up to the elements and everyday wear. With real stone veneer, you can have the beneifts of real stone without the weight of building stone.
Benefits of Stone Veneer Compared to Building Stone
Stone veneer is less expensive than building stone per square foot. It also requires less materials and labor to install.
Stone veneer is much lighter than building stone. It is easier to work with and requires less structural support.
With it’s lighter weight, stone veneer can be used in more applications than regular building stone.
Ease of Installation
Stone veneer is generally easier to install than building stone. Browse our installation guides for more details.
Real Stone Veneer Options
Natural stone veneer is available in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles, which allows you to choose a finish that matches your design preferences.
Natural Facing Stone Blends
Natural Facing real stone veneer is available in three popular shapes with a variety of color blends for each profile. Browse our real stone veneer products.