Stone Veneer: A Beautiful Upgrade for a Bland Foundation
A beautiful home with a landscaped yard can still fail to live up to its potential curb appeal if it sits above an unattractive concrete foundation. Many options exist to cover a bland or ragged looking foundation, but few products match the instant upscale boost of stone veneer. Here are a few reasons to select this attractive surface material.
Accents all Exteriors
Stone veneer matches the look of genuine stacked stone. The natural appearance of the material works perfectly with any color of paint and any exterior style. Stone veneers seamlessly blend with the look of a rustic farmhouse, add a crisp finish to a modern home, and a touch of elegance to a stately Victorian.
Homeowners can choose from a variety of stone colors and mortar dyes to create the perfect accent. Manufactured stone veneer offers consistency in the look of each style, so consumers know the style they order will look exactly as expected. The consistency also means you can more easily match the veneer in later projects with the foundation stone.
Reduces Maintenance Effort
Covering an older foundation with a stone veneer can reduce the maintenance needed to keep the house looking its best. Painted concrete will peel over time and need a fresh coat of paint. Algae grow easily on concrete and may need a consistent effort to keep it clean. Removing the algae is frequently time-consuming and labor-intensive.
Stone veneers need only an occasional rinsing with a garden hose to remove accumulated dirt. Homeowners can brush the material with a soft broom to remove cobwebs, dust, or grass clippings.
Covers Foundation Safely
Professional installation will ensure a stone veneer attaches securely to the house. A tight fit will not allow water to enter between the layers of the veneer and the concrete. Using a veneer gives more protection than leaving it bare, planting flowers or other vegetation, or covering the concrete with a coat of paint that will eventually peel.
Offers Lightweight Option
Stone veneer weighs much less than genuine stone or brick. The lighter weight makes the product easier to transport and install, an important factor for homeowners who hope to install the product on their own. Veneer also adds less weight to the house than brick or natural stone.
The weight of the material on the house may not be a concern for those with newer homes. Someone with an older home and a more delicate exterior on their foundation may find it helpful. Fastening a lighter material like a veneer against the foundation may be a better choice than heavier materials that put some strain on the foundation wall.
Fits in Easily
Thickness is another reason people choose a stone veneer over natural stone or brick. Stone veneers can vary in thickness for various projects and are available in thinner sheets than what is available with genuine bricks or stones. Covering a foundation requires a thin veneer because it will not look appropriate to have a foundation wider than the home.
A contractor or homeowner applying the stone will need to measure the space between the edge of the foundation and the outer edge of the siding. The thickness of the veneer along with the mortar used to hold it in place should not exceed the measurements. The variety of sizes in the stone veneer enables consumers to choose the depth that they prefer.
Attention to detail makes every home unique and eye-catching. A beautiful foundation will allow a house to look its best from every angle. At Harristone, we provide a realistic and high-quality product to help you create the exact design you want. Check out our website to learn more or contact us with any questions.