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Selecting the Right Stone Veneer

Arctic Insulation helps you choose and can install natural and manufactured stone to your home.

Exterior stonework can spruce up any home and add almost instant curb appeal. Whether you choose real stone for your project or faux stone, there are plenty of options that vary in color and texture.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Stone Veneer

With so many choices available, it’s important to think about the style and function of your home before considering the actual materials. You want to make sure the stone doesn’t overwhelm your house. If you have red brick or other stone already present, you’ll want to make sure you choose something that coordinates with the exterior you already have, unless you’re replacing everything and that might be cost prohibitive.

Other things to think about are the design and balance of your home. Will the stonework dominate or conflict with the rest of your home exterior? You want the two to go together. After all, when the work is done, you have to live with it. If you feel something doesn’t look right now, your opinion won’t likely change once the project is done. Trust your instincts.

Older homes that were built with stone in their exterior design, had the real deal. The stone was often from the immediate area because it was available and affordable. In the 1930s and 1940s, the Perma-Stone™ brand of faux stone (and eventually many other brands) came into widespread use, especially during the post-World War II era when suburbs were springing up like mushrooms. It was less expensive and came in different colors, textures and design.  Everything from entire homes to deteriorating brownstones seemed to benefit from a layer of faux stone.

Pros and Cons of Stone Veneer

Stone siding or stone veneer has evolved since the early years with even greater choices and durability. There’s literally something for all tastes whether you go with natural stone or manufactured:


  • Lots of good looks: Most manufactured stone veneer products are made of cement, but add design, molding and color and it looks like natural stone
  • Stone veneer is lightweight and can be combined with other materials like wood for a layered look
  • Durability is another big plus with natural stone veneer. Installed and maintained properly, stone veneers will last a long time
  • Stone veneers made of recycled materials, like AirStone™ are available for environmentally conscious consumers. In fact, these are lightweight and can be installed by homeowners.


  • Installing stone veneer isn’t typically a do-it-yourself project. Professional installation is key to avoiding issues like water damage
  • Chemicals like paint thinner and snow melt salt can stain the surface or alter the appearance of manufactured stone, something to consider when deciding where you want the veneer to go (probably not around or in a pool).

 Whether you opt to go with natural or manufactured stone veneer, it helps to have professional assistance, advice and installation. The professionals at Arctic Insulation in Marion, IA can help you assess your options, make the right choices and installation. Call us at 319-261-1000.