Is It Real Or Is It Faux? Siding That Is!
With today's technology, it is difficult to tell the real thing from high quality manufactured faux rock siding. Faux rock can be called everything from stone veneers and facades to manufactured, cultured, or synthetic siding. They are most often made out of either a polyurethane or polypropylene base where the colored materials are poured into textured molds that resemble real rocks and stones. There are many types of faux rock siding that you can choose from. Patterns that look like stacked stone and random size rocks to river rocks, small pebbles and bricks. The famultitude of styles, shapes, and shades to choose from are mind-boggling! Take time to make a good decision because this product is extremely durable and most come with a 20-30 year warranty.
There are many faux rock siding companies nationwide that offer a variety of simulated stone products to choose from. Different company products require varying installation techniques from applying actual mortar over the prepared surface to just using screws which will be hidden with an application of mortar over the hole. Faux rock siding companies will be more than happy to send samples of the different styles for consideration. Once you have the faux rock in hand, run your fingers over the surface, feeling the dips and crevices, mimicking true rocks. Notice the coloring and how well it actually resembles the look you are wanting for your home. Remember, this product can be used externally, on the outside of your home and on columns, as well as inside where an accent wall can be created or a fantastic fireplace surround. So before you place your order, think of the variety of faux rock projects that you want to do. The next step will be to take accurate measurements of the surfaces to be covered, according to their specifications.
This is an easy project for a "do-it-yourself" handyman who has basic skills. The faux rock panel itself is lightweight and will go together effortlessly, but it would be advisable to have a second set of hands to help maneuver it into place and hold it level and securely while the other person makes sure the panels are snug against the mortar or is screwing the panels into position. The application process goes up quickly and the savings to the pocketbook are tremendous! Typically, savings will be between one third and one half of the cost of real rock and a stone mason to construct it. The transformation from plain to fabulous can be completed in a fraction of the time necessary compared to curing time that real rock requires.
Homeowners appreciate the easy maintenance and upkeep of faux rock siding. There is none of the "re-pointing" work which is necessary with real rock or the worry of "settling cracks." Washing the siding down occasionally with a hose that has a nozzle on the end is all that is required to maintain a clean fresh appearance. By using faux rock there is the additional benefit of helping to protect our environment. Rocks and stones don't need to be dug out of a quarry, processed in plants that require the use of a lot of energy to create a finished product and the unused waste piled up.
By adding faux rock siding to your home, there is the added benefit of another layer of insulation which will help to decrease both heating and cooling costs of the house. There will be years of comfort to enjoy the new look of your home. When it is time to put it on the market, then there will be the added bonus of the increased resale value of the house.