The experts at Stone Selex discuss the benefits of stone veneer with CanadianHomeTrends.com.
Q: I am preparing to update the exterior of my home this spring.I love the look of stone but it’s a little out of my price range. I have been considering faux stone veneers. What are the benefits of choosing a faux stone veneer?~ Stanley P.
When it comes to your housing exterior, there’s nothing like stone to give your home a cool, earthy, yet modern vibe. But natural stone can be expensive and tricky to install without the help of professionals. A practical, yet aesthetically pleasing alternative to natural stone, is faux stone veneer.
What is Faux Stone Veneer?
Faux stone veneer is a type of decorative exterior material generally half an
inch thick and sold as individual stones or paneled pieces. Faux stone veneer
is molded from real stone, manufactured from Portland cement and tested for durability and consistency. It weighs only a few pounds per panel and is available in a variety of colours, stone styles and cuts.
Faux stone veneer is less expensive than natural
stone and is environmentally- friendly without sacrificing quality.
To enforce the illusion of real stone, faux stone veneer comes with 90 degree corner pieces to create the
illusion of real stone wrapping a corner as well as colour-matching accessories. Users can create a cohesive look by coordinating stone and various other building products like stucco or siding on exterior applications.
It is engineered specifically for easy installation with minimal materials so you dont necessarily need to enlist the help of a professional.
Faux stone veneer can be applied to a variety of surfaces including concrete, stone, brick, plywood or drywall. (Refer to local building codes to ensure that there is a proper drainage system available behind the stone. Metal lathe is needed for adhering the faux stone veneer to plywood or drywall).
It weighs less than full bed stone, meaning that structural reinforcements such as special footings or foundations should not be necessary. This means one less step in your installation!
DESIGNER INSPIRATION: GET THIS LOOK
Paint your trim with Aura Exterior by Benjamin Moore. It has a hard shell exterior, which protects against the elements along with a flexible inner core that prevents cracking.
Add faux stone veneer by Stone Selex to the exterior of your home. It is more affordable than natural stone.
Choose comfortable seating from Crate & Barrel.
Accent the look with a large print pillow from The Bay to add interest to the sitting area.
Finish off the look with a decorative tree from Canadian Tire.
Text by Zakiya Kassam for Canadian Home Trends Magazine with photos and information provided by Stone Selex (StoneSelex.com). For more decor and design ideas, visit CanadianHomeTrends.com!