Stone veneer greatly adds up to a home decorating scheme, and replicates the look of natural stones. Other names for stone veneer are artificial stones, manufactured stone and stacked stone veneer. No matter which variety you select, always check the pros and cons, apart from its price, like its stability, look, installation cost, durability and the price and effort for re-installation. It is always a big question, whether to go for a natural stone veneer or the manufactured stone veneer.
Natural Vs Manufactured Stone Veneer
The main advantage of manufactured stone veneer over natural one, is the price factor. The manufactured stone veneer are relatively cheaper, and approximately comes around half to 1/3 the price of natural one. The biggest advantage of natural stone veneer over manufactured, is the durability factor. Manufactured stone veneer is made by pouring a lightweight concrete mixture to rubber forms of different shapes, and then it is painted with different colors which makes it resemble a real stone. The manufactured stone veneer cost pretty less, which includes the cost of the building material, the cost of application and the waste cost.
The manufactured stone veneer also weighs less, which makes it easier to fix and install, and there are variety of colors and patterns available in the manufactured stone veneers amongst which you can choose for your wall decorations. There are limited selection of designs and colors when it comes to natural stone veneer, because these two things depend on, from where the natural stone is extracted. However, natural veneers are strong, compared to manufactured ones. Also, in case a piece breaks out of a manufactured stone veneer, or the piece is removed from the wall, then it is not as reusable as compared to natural stones.
Stone Veneer Prices
Some good stone veneers companies, will give you a warranty of around 50 years, which includes the repair and replacement of faulty stones. Some companies will only give a limited warranty period of 20 years. So, go for a good company to get a good warranty. Stone veneer price per square foot start at as low as USD 2, and can go up to as high as USD 40 per square foot. Here, are some of the best looking stone veneer costs.
Natural Stone Veneer: There are various ways to install it. The price of stacked stone veneer for natural stones will be higher, due more number of stones being used and the installation cost will also be higher, but if you are using the stacked veneer, you can have an interesting medieval home decor theme. The price of natural stone veneer starts from USD 2 - 3. The natural brown stone veneer costs around a little less than USD 3 per square foot. There are many different finishes available in natural stone veneers like red rock, almond, creamy chocolate, gray, oyster gray, etc.
Manufactured Stone Veneer: There is wide variety of manufactured veneers available, some can come really cheap, so you can use any manufactured stone veneer and create a unique home decor. The best looking ones are the river stone patterns and the gray stacked ones which come for a price of USD 3.75 per square foot. Another good looking manufactured stone veneer is cut fieldstone pattern that comes for a price of USD 6.75 per lineal feet.
Stone veneer looks great on fireplaces. It gives a cozy and rustic look. Hence, fireplace many times will be done using stone veneer. However, you can also use veneer to cover one wall. You can also cover half the wall with veneer and leave the rest of the wall bare. This gives another unique look. You can also create subtle patch like look on walls using veneer. Many people prefer to cover the exterior walls of their house completely with stone veneer. You can choose the shade, texture and type of stone veneer to bring an attractive, cozy and unique look to the house.
So, if you are on a tight budget and looking for a stone veneer which is not very long-lasting then opt for manufactured stone veneer. But, in case you want to go for installation using natural stones, and have a good budget, then natural stone veneer is a good choice. Look on the internet, for the sample pictures of the above mentioned types of veneers to find the one you find attractive and suitable for your home decor.