Any building gets an instant sense of permanence and history from stone siding. Innovation in this field has produced several stone siding options, with some affordable alternatives keeping real stone’s unique look of permanence without the drawbacks. Read on as Mid America Exteriors presents some of these stone siding ideas.
Solid stone has been in use in exterior surfacing projects for hundreds of years. Its superior durability and natural look inspired technology to reproduce and improve it. Even its drawbacks also sparked innovation. Stone’s excessive weight and labor-intensive harvesting required improvement. As such, manufacturers had to reduce shipping costs and the time spent to complete the job.
Any alternative to a natural material should keep its look and durability intact. At the same time, the alternative must also reduce the original’s limitations. Manufactured or cultured stone does both. Individual cement “stones” are cast into molds to replicate the look of real stone. This creates a new type of stone siding that weighs less. As a result, shipping it much less expensive.
Polyurethane-Based Foam Panels
A lightweight alternative to real stone is foam or faux stone panel siding. It’s made of compacted polyurethane formed into panels. Installation of panels is more straightforward compared to a stone-by-stone process. Technology has made it look very much like stone; only touching it will reveal that it’s not. It’s weather-resistant, too. Only the top home remodeling companies like Mid America Exteriors provide this stone siding option.
This option comes from cut-to-size units of granite slabs. Granite is highly dense and resists cracking, moisture penetration and freeze-thaw cycles. The surface of the stone cladding reflects irregular contours, much like traditional masonry. The cladding’s flat back gets fixed to a substrate in a staggered pattern just like bricks.
Mid America Exteriors is a trusted siding, roof and window replacement contractor. We provide the perfect choice of exterior siding materials. We serve homeowners in Wichita and El Dorado, as well as surrounding areas in KS. Call (316) 416-2045 for a free consultation.