Home improvement projects need to live up to their names and actually improve a home. They should make a home more beautiful, function better, and add value to your property. So when it comes to siding and great home investments, there is one improvement that stands out from the rest— a manufactured stone veneer siding replacement.
While there are many siding options available, there is something about the nature of stone veneer that allows it to enhance the look of the home in such a way that you’ll see an impeccable return on investment.
At Lakeside Renovation & Design, we choose to install ProVia stone veneer, as it is a high-end, beautiful, and durable stone option that, when installed correctly, makes your home stand out.
A Great Exterior Investment
According to the 2020 Cost Vs. Value report for St. Louis, MO homes, manufactured stone veneer can see up to an 89.4% recoup value, which accounts for the highest return value of all exterior projects. It is also the second-highest returning home improvement project overall, following only a mid-ranged kitchen remodel.
The Best Use for Manufactured Stone Siding
Stone siding pairs beautifully with other siding styles, especially when you can achieve a coloring that flows nicely with your existing exterior. Stone is a great siding option to highlight exterior features such as an entryway. It can be used:
- As a lower border to create a beautiful base
- To highlight entire sections of a home to give versatility to your exterior’s appearance
- To trim out garage doors
- As skirts around porches
- To highlight impactful exterior features
Installing manufactured stone is a great way to spruce up a dull exterior, and it’s a great siding investment for homeowners looking to sell.
If you want to make an immediate impact for potential buyers, ProVia stone veneer is a great option.
Manufactured Stone Vs. Natural Stone
Cost— Manufactured stone and natural stone tend to have a similar price tag in terms of product. However, manufactured stone is far easier to install and may, therefore, have a lower installation cost, making it the more affordable option.
Ease of Installation— Stone is heavy. Manufactured stone is far more lightweight and malleable. It’s easier to cut and comes ready to install in panels. On the other hand, natural stone typically requires the work of a skilled mason to install and can take a great deal more time and effort.
Sourcing— Depending on the type and color of the stone, natural stone can be more difficult to source. While it is a readily available product, sourcing exactly what you want won’t always be as easy as finding a manufactured product that can be dyed to your exact preferences. ProVia stone goes through an enhanced coloring process that uses special molds and multiple stages of hand-layering pigments. In the Premium enhanced coloring option, you can select individual stones to receive special coloring to curate a truly one-of-a-kind siding.
Appearance— Manufactured stone has come a long way in its appearance. ProVia stone veneer is specifically cast in molds that mimic the look of quarried stone. This provides a truly natural appearance. While natural stone often looks better when trimmed out, the right contractor can make ProVia manufactured stone a show-stopping siding option.
Environmental Impact— Natural stone comes from the earth. And the quarries where the stone is derived can sometimes have a negative impact on the wildlife and natural resources of the area.
The Importance of Proper Installation
One of the biggest problems that faces manufactured stone is improper installation. The siding needs to be properly trimmed out and should have adequate drainage installed behind it. Moisture is perhaps the biggest culprit your siding faces. Its job is to keep that moisture from reaching the interior of your home.
Building Codes for stone veneer often requires two layers of water-resistant barriers to keep moisture from getting into your home. Without hiring a knowledgeable and trustworthy contractor, you may end up with water damage.
When looking for a siding contractor for your stone veneer, find one who:
- Is properly trained to install manufactured stone
- Offers quality siding options like ProVia
- Has a proven track record with satisfied clients
- Is honest and reliable
Seeing the best return on your investment will require the proper installation of the product.
Make Your Home Beautiful and Valuable
ProVia is a wonderful siding option that will bring great value to your home. Our team at Lakeside Renovation & Design is factory-certified through ProVia and other remodeling suppliers, which means entrusting your home to a contractor who is specifically trained to install high-end products. Our ongoing training helps us maintain our standard of excellence.
We believe you should love your home and experience the greatest return on your investment. Find out more about how we can help you achieve this through our siding services.