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Choosing Stone for Your Home’s Exterior

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‘Curb Appeal’ projects generate higher return on investment

A home is an expression of its owner’s style and individuality. Whether you’re remodeling a home or building a new one, choosing materials in colors that work well together can make all the difference. And when creating curb appeal, one of the best values in the mid-range home improvement category is installation of manufactured stone veneer, according to the 2019 Cost vs Value Report. Manufactured stone can be used in tandem with most siding projects to complement any design style, and provides a wide array of options for upgrading any home exterior.

Manufactured stone can be used alone to add visual interest to a home exterior or room, or it can be blended with other building materials to create a unique pattern and aesthetic. Stone styles are based on actual stone types found in various geographic regions for an authentic, natural look, and each style comes in a variety of colors that can complement or contrast with your home’s siding and trim.

This ledgestone-style application blends with the shingle-style siding. Together with the contrasting trim, it also highlights the architectural detail of this home.
Ledgestone-Style Gable with Contrasting Trim

The Dry Stack style of manufactured stone provides a rustic, natural look.
Dry Stack Style Stone

This light-colored limestone-style entryway lends dramatic contrast, bringing elegance and curb appeal.
Limestone-Style Entry

Fieldstone-style veneer features irregular, tightly fitting, closely laid stones, creating a rich, natural look.
Fieldstone-Style Veneer

Natural light can play a big part in the way your finished stone work will look. Bright, direct sunlight can make stone colors appear more vivid, with more pronounced shadow lines. In shaded areas, colors look softer and more subtle, and shadow lines are diminished. To get started on your stone selection project visit ProVia’s interactive Visualizer.

Grouting Techniques – A detail that can dramatically change the character of stone

Once you have selected the stone style and color for your home, you can choose a grout style and color that will reflect your unique design style. Grout fills the voids between stones, playing an important part in the overall visual appearance of the finished stonework.

You can select a grouting color that closely resembles the dominant color of the stone. Choosing a well-matched color creates a natural and uniform appearance.
Blending Grout

To make the color and shape of your manufactured stone more prominent and to create additional visual drama, choose a contrasting grout color.
Contrasting Grout

Whether you’re planning to beautify an entryway, create a luxurious patio setting, or highlight special architectural details, choosing to add manufactured stone is sure to lend dramatic curb appeal to your home’s façade. To help you get started on your grout selection process visit ProVia’s Grout Color Visualizer.