Faux rock siding: realistic and budget-friendly

Faux rock siding: realistic and budget-friendly

Foundations were once built with stone rather than the concrete blocks and poured walls that have been popular in the past 50 years. The rock foundations often complemented the wood clapboard siding installed on many of those old houses and depending on the abundance of material in the locality, some of the aged structures used stone veneer on the majority of the exterior.

If you price adding stone veneer siding to your home today, it's easy be put off by the cost. Modern stone masons don't come cheap. However, there may be a less expensive option for creating the same look on your house: faux rock siding.

Adding faux rock siding to your house

Faux rock siding is just as the name implies: a man-made material that appears to be natural stone but isn't. Depending on the manufacturer, the material can be very realistic and in some cases even a stone mason may not be able to tell the difference. Faux stone is available as individual units that are installed in much the same fashion as the real thing. However, many homeowners find that faux rock panels can be a bit easier to work with if you're a casual DIYer. Where can faux stone be installed on your home? Try one or all of these popular locations:

  1. Foundation. Faux rock siding can be used to cover an unattractive concrete or block foundation
  2. Entryway. Ask any realtor what helps to sell a house, and there's a good chance that attractive curb appeal makes the list. Faux stone around your front door can make a powerful statement at the home's entry.
  3. Accents. Use faux rock panels to create focal points on the front of your home without adding much siding cost.

Pricing for faux rock siding can vary depending on the manufacturer, style, and installation method. The siding cost can also be reflective of how realistic the panel appears. A budget figure for high quality faux rock might be about $80 for a 2-by-4-foot panel.

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