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Question DetailsAsked on 2/8/2018

Is it cheaper to use faux stone panels vs individual stack stone

Putting stone pedestals on porch and in bay window and around door on house that is all siding. Wanting to tone down some of the white siding with touches of stone and vinyl shakes in gable. The faux panels are pricy but wondering if it isn’t cheaper since installation is so simple with the faux panels.

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Cheapest usually foam or latex rubber molds and fiberglass panels, at around $8-20/SF and commonly around $12-15/SF for larger areas - higher for the small job you are talking about unless this is a DIY job.


"Faux" stone panels typically more like $10-25/SF and commonly around $20/SF, but some made with fancy fake stones (like countertop material) can run about double that.


True veneer and stacked stone - commonly $20-50/SF, with the lower range being for face-adhered veneer, middle range for stack half-thickness, higher range typically for full-thickness stone - though with variations in materials used can be over much of that range from cheapest to most expensive for all those products.


Super fancy stone I have seen go into the $100-250/SF range, but that is usually reserved for foyers and atriums and such - but sometimes around fancy protected entrances. Not many people put that sort of product out in the weather.


For what you are doing, you will need to be real careful about keeping water out of the structural column - commonly by spacing off it with treated firring strips to attach water barrier to, then the panel material. With real stone, best to put a true water barrier behind it spaced out from the wood or steel column like stucco and brick is usually done. And of course paying attention to what is "up" and "down" with panels - they have to overlap properly like shingles to shed the water rather than trap it behind the panels.


The prefab plastic/fiberglass/rubber panels normal Siding contractors can usually handle, and for small area like you are talking probably handyman too. Masonry contractors of course would be be the normal true stone Search the List category to look in to find well-rated and reviewed vendors for this job.

Answered 9 months ago by LCD




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