Facade cladding with stone – 30 illustrative examples

The appearance of a private house from the outside speaks about the social status of the owner, his tastes, style, and lifestyle. Therefore, when building or renovating an exterior, it is important to choose beautiful and high-quality finishing materials. Facing the facade with stone has no equal in this matter. It can be used to cover only the base, part of the facade, or the entire private house, combined with plaster or wood – in any case, it will give the house a natural aesthetic and antique charm.

What materials can be used to decorate the facade with stone, their pros and cons, as well as photos of stone exteriors of houses – read and see further in this article.

Choosing a facing stone for the facade

A facade made of natural stone is the most expensive, luxurious, and difficult-to-install option. Natural stones have been used in home construction and decoration for hundreds of years, providing superior durability and an authentic appearance. For modern facade cladding, natural stone is cut into slabs of various sizes and shapes. The front side of the tiles can have an exquisite relief, but the back side is always flat – for ease of fastening to walls.

Artificial facing stone for facades is a less expensive alternative to natural stone. In addition to saving money, it also simplifies the delivery and installation process because it is lighter than natural material. Please note: the appearance of the facade and its durability do not suffer at all – the artificial stone is created based on cement using molds that allow you to copy the appearance and relief of real stone.

The process of laying natural and artificial stone consists of the following stages:

  1. Preparation of the wall surface (it is necessary to remove traces of the old finish, and plaster, smooth out uneven areas, and prime);
  2. Coating the reverse side of the stone with a special glue or cement-based mortar;
  3. The stone is applied to the wall, pressing it down so that excess mortar comes out;
  4. Removal of released excess;
  5. Filling the gaps between the stones with a mixture for jointing;
  6. Waiting for this mixture to dry completely;
  7. Treatment of the facade with a water-repellent solution will provide additional protection for the façade cladding from the effects of natural phenomena.

Let’s face it, gluing each stone to the wall can be quite a tedious process. It will be much easier in this regard to make the facade look like stone using siding.

Option number 1 is to use polyurethane foam panels. They are very light and fit together comfortably. Modern technologies give them such a “stone” appearance that they can be distinguished from natural material only after touching. This type of finish can also last for many years as it has good resistance to all weather conditions.

What does the installation of these panels look like – step by step in the photo:

Finished result:

As you can see, this is a fairly convenient material for finishing corners, columns, and other problem areas:

Facade panels made of natural stone combine the best of all of the above options. They are made from real stone veneer, but can be installed on walls just as easily as polyurethane foam panels.

Whichever option you choose, cladding the façade with stone will give your home a sense of permanence and history. Let’s take a look at photos of private houses with stone trim!

Facade cladding with natural stone (pros, cons, photos)

The positive aspects of façade cladding with natural stone include:

  • Strength and durability of the structure;
  • Environmental friendliness of the material used;
  • Keeping cool in summer and warm in winter;
  • Beautiful appearance;
  • Easy to maintain due to no need for polishing or painting. It is enough to periodically wash natural stone with water under pressure.

There are a few disadvantages to a natural stone facade, but they can play a decisive role in making a decision:

  • The heavy weight of the stone, creates high demands on the stability of the walls;
  • High cost of materials and delivery;
  • Labor-intensive installation process.

Photos of private houses decorated with natural stone:

Cladding the facades of private houses with artificial stone (photo)

Among the advantages of finishing houses with artificial stone:

  • Large range of designs from different manufacturers;
  • Affordable prices;
  • The relative lightness of the material;
  • Exact resemblance to natural stone.

At the same time, in comparison with it, artificial stone has the following disadvantages:

  • Shorter service life (about 20-25 years maintaining the original appearance);
  • Less resistance to moisture, temperature changes, and sunlight.

We bring to your attention several photos of houses with artificial stone cladding.

Decorating the façade of a house with stone-look panels – exterior photo

As we said above, finishing the façade with stone-look panels can be done with natural veneer or polyurethane foam. Regardless of the material, such siding provides the following advantages:

  • The material is easy to install and maintain;
  • Wide selection of models;
  • No need for special preparation of walls;
  • Easy to replace damaged elements.

What it looks like to decorate the façade of a house with stone-like panels – check it out in the photo!

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