Stone & Masonry
Yost Stucco & Masonry is now Yost Stucco & Siding, but we still do masonry of course! Our stone masons can create anything that you can imagine in stone, from garden walls and patios to a stone knee wall or an entire stone front on your beautiful home.
Yost masons can match an existing layout or design that you have, or create something fresh, new and unique to your project. With so many natural stone products available, Pennsylvania Bluestone, Granite, Slate, Marble, Onyx, Travertine, the list is almost endless. With so many natural materials available, the design that is right for your home renovation project is only limited by imagination.
Ask our exterior renovation specialists for ideas that will fit into your project scope and budget. If the price is your main concern, there are some less expensive alternatives out there such as manufactured stone, although not quite as beautiful, utilized in the correct way, it can certainly help to spruce up an otherwise uninspiring home elevation.
Stone exteriors have been a popular choice in achieving a transformation of a home from the ordinary to the extraordinary. But, much like flooring technology, the innovation involved in creating stone effects for exteriors as well as interior character walls or fireplace surrounds have come a long way.
And of course, this means options for stone home exterior that can get you that unique look of permanence that only stone can give. So, with that in mind, here are some common types of stone siding that are open to you, and all with distinct advantages.
Solid Stone Exterior
Natural Stone Cladding
Solid Stone Exterior
Starting from the beginning, solid stone siding has been used in exterior surfacing projects for hundreds of years, with the benefits of superior durability and of the authentic look of naturally occurring stone. These benefits are significant, of course. And it is from these that the technology to reproduce them began.
A solid stone home exterior is not only an elegant improvement but will also increase your home’s overall value due to enhanced curb appeal and durability. Since solid stone can last a lifetime or more, it is a compelling feature when going to resell your home. If you are already in your “forever home”, then just enjoy it!
Natural Stone Cladding
Another option for natural stone surfaces is cladding. This variety of stone siding is offered not in harvested stone, but rather in cut-to-size units from larger slabs.
A popular type of cladding of this type is derived from granite slabs. Granite is a very dense variety of natural stone that resists cracking, which can result in types of stone which allow moisture penetration that makes many types of stone to be susceptible to freeze-thaw cycles.
Natural stone cladding is a lovely feature that adds curb appeal to your home. Our stone exterior specialists here at Yost have many years of experience installing stone cladding exterior to homes.
Our workmanship on stone exteriors is top-notch and held to the highest standards above and beyond conventional building codes.
In many ways, this choice in stone siding for homes is a culmination of all of the above choices. The veneers of this stone siding choice are derived from real stone. The panel systems of many varieties of natural stone veneer siding are designed to seamlessly click together like puzzle pieces.
So, you’re getting real stone with all of its benefits in the durability department. You’re getting an easy installation, thanks to the panel system. And you get the look, multidimensional texture, and general feel, of a real stone siding surface. If you’re looking for an easy installation that involves actual stone, this may be the perfect option.
The look of stone on any building gives it a sense of permanence and of history. And because of developing innovation with these products, the effect is pretty easily won, and inexpensively so when compared to even a few years ago.
What is required of any alternative to a naturally occurring material is that its look and durability remain intact while minimizing some of its limitations. Sometimes called cultured stone, manufactured stone does this and then some.
Created through the use of molds that replicate the look of real stone, manufactured stone siding casts individual cement “stones” and creates a new type of stone siding that is installed in a similar way, but weighs less, and therefore costs a bit less to ship.
Homes with manufactured stone applied on the exterior are attractive and durable and may come with some cost savings to have installed. There are many color and texture options available now so the design process can be a lot of fun.
For a very lightweight alternative to real stone, foam panel siding or faux stone panel siding, which is made from densely rendered polyurethane, could be the answer. Because this type of stone-like siding is created to be installed in panels, and not by on a stone-by-stone basis, installation is more straightforward as well.
As far as appearances go, the technology that goes into this option of stone siding is truly amazing. Only a touch will reveal this type of siding to be something other than natural stone. And of course, it’s made to be weather-resistant for the long term.
For more information on this product, contact us and speak with a stone masonry specialist. They can assess your home exterior and provide cost-effective solutions using a polyurethane-based foam panel system if this is something of interest to you. With weather resistance and many color and style options available, this may be the product for you!
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If you are interested in getting more information on masonry services or would like to schedule an appointment to get an estimate, please reach out to us. We would be more than happy to discuss your home masonry project. We want to provide you with customized solutions specific to your home’s specific needs. We care that our customers get top-notch service from our masonry specialists because remember, Yost cares the most!
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