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The Cost of Manufactured Stone Veneer

What does manufactured stone veneer cost and why do prices vary so much from stone veneer manufacturers, when they are all manufactured stone?  

This is a good question, and if I were in the market for manufactured stone I would question the big difference in price also.  We can begin by addressing the second part of the question, as this will explain the vast differences between manufacturers and the cost of their stone.  

Some very important factors to consider when choosing a manufactured stone are how the molds are made, how the color is applied, how long the stone is cured, how the stone is packaged and the length of the warranty.

Some manufacturers have state of the art mold manufacturing facilities and are able to capture every textural detail down to most finite level. Molds should be made from actual stones and each piece should compliment each other and have just the right shape, texture, size and detail.  

When it comes to color, you want to make sure that overtones of color are integrated into the stone during the molding process, while the base color of the stone is blended entirely throughout.  Some of the best manufacturers use highly skilled artisans to literally hand paint each piece giving each stone depth and variation of color.  You also want to choose a manufacturer who uses the highest quality synthetic mineral oxides to infuse the surface with rich, authentic tones.  This will ensure the long lasting color and protect it from UV rays.

The curing process also affects the color of the stone.  Some manufacturers use industrial dryers to help cure the stone or brick.  

Although it may seem irrelevant, packaging is a very important factor that affects the cost of manufactured stone.  If you order enough stone to cover a 100 square foot area, you want to make sure you’re getting that amount.  Many manufacturers try to “trick” the consumer by factoring the mortar joint (or the grout joint) into your coverage area.  For example, when you order 100 square feet of stone from some manufacturers, you may actually be getting 90 square feet of actual stone because they have allotted for the mortar joints.  You should be ordering the stone as if you were planning to “dry stack” the material which is another way of saying you would not be using mortar or grout joints.  

We all want a warranty on products we’re buying.  The stone manufacturer should be guaranteeing their product for a minimum of 75 years.  If they can’t provide you with that kind of warranty, don’t buy their product.  This will not include a warranty on the installation or the color, but it will cover any defects in the product itself.  

Some manufacturers make and sell cheaper stone.  There’s a reason for that and there is a market for cheap stone.  We all know the reality that you get what you pay for.  There is much less attention to detail and they are not using molds made from real stone.  They don’t spend time ensuring each stone has the right color variation and depth, they aren’t using high quality minerals to produce the stone and they aren’t concerned with the curing process.  In effect, cheap stone looks cheap.  It lacks the authenticity of a well made manufactured stone.  However, there is certainly a market for less expensive stone.  

So the answer to the question about how much manufactured stone veneer costs is…. it depends.  It hinges on multiple factors, some of which we’ve discussed above.  If you’re in the market for a cheap stone, you can probably find it for as low as $3.00 per square foot.  If you’re in the market for a quality, authentic looking stone, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 per square foot to $8.00 per square foot.

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BrickAmerica supplies stone veneer for Harbourside Homes at Talis Park in Naples

Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa d’Este model residence at Talis Park sold a week prior to the community’s grand opening event held April 20-21 in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors’ National Open House Weekend that was hosted locally by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. The sale included an 18-month lease-back that will allow the Villa d’Este to remain open and available for viewing into 2014. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

 

 

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Bob Vila Tells How to Craft a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Bob Vila, the dean of home renovation & repair advice blogged about using Eldorado Outdoor products in order to create the perfect outdoor kitchen.  Click here to read more…  We hope you enjoy this article as much as we did. Don’t forget that BrickAmerica is your distributor in Florida for all the Eldorado Outdoor components.  Let our experienced design team help you create the perfect outdoor retreat.

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BrickAmerica Is Your Single Source for Manufactured Stone, Clay Pavers, Brick and Outdoor Living in Florida

Whether you’re in the market for manufactured stone, clay pavers, concrete pavers, brick for vertical applications or outdoor living spaces,  BrickAmerica’s talented and experienced sales staff will assist you in making the right selections for your project.  BrickAmerica is a one stop shop for assisting with the aesthetics of your commercial or residential project.  

We inventory and distribute the top stone manufacturers in the country: Eldorado Stone, Veneerstone, and Dutch Quality to name a few.  Each of these stone manufacturers brings unique profile and color options suitable to meet the needs of each client.  We recognize that every project is different and requires special attention to detail, especially when it comes to choosing a manufactured stone. 

We are also the number one distributor of clay pavers in Florida.  Our clay pavers are offered in a wide range of vibrant and diverse colors that are guaranteed to never fade.  Each member of our sales staff is highly talented in helping to create the perfect custom blend of clay pavers to not only add beauty and curb appeal, but compliment the many other elements of your commercial or residential project.

Brick for vertical applications can be for the very traditional looking projects to the most contemporary ones.  We have spent a great deal of time selecting manufacturers of Brick who offer a wide range of colors and cuts to ensure our customers achieve the look they want.  Brick, as we often think of it, is used on the exterior of higher learning institutions that have been around for more than a hundred years.  Yet, I urge you to peruse our website under our “Completed Projects” tab within the “Brick” tab to see how Brick is used in very contemporary, urban settings.

When it comes to creating breathtaking outdoor living spaces, BrickAmerica has searched for the best systems to assist builders, contractors and masons design and build a gorgeous outdoor living space for their customers quickly and effortlessly.  Our focus here is to work in conjunction with our partners so that the finished product is an outdoor living space that will be shared with and envied by all the customer’s friends, family, and neighbors.

 

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