Can Stone Veneer be Applied Over Brick?
Does your family room’s old brick fireplace constantly remind you of the 1960s? Is your home’s worn and faded brick exterior killing its curb appeal?
If you answered “yes” to either question, your home is in desperate need of a makeover. Two choices you have are painting over the existing brick, or tearing it out and replacing with new.
When you paint over the brick, it oftentimes looks unattractive, is irreversible, and can be a deal breaker later when you’re trying to sell your home. A tear out and replacement would look nice, but they’re very expensive no matter who does the work. And, that usually means a lower return-on-investment when it’s time to sell.
There is a third option available, which is installing some luxurious manufactured stone veneer directly over the unsightly brick.
What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?
Manufactured stone veneer, also called faux stone, is a man-made concrete product that is hand colored and fabricated in to individual stones. Faux stones come in a wide-range of styles, textures and colors that realistically mimic natural stone, and are easy-to-install over numerous surfaces, including brick.
In addition, stone veneer is lightweight, durable, low-maintenance, affordable, and delivers a high return-on-investment (ROI). And, it will also look great, while highlighting any home’s interior or exterior features!
The Benefits of Using Faux Stone
It’s true that a total brick replacement would look good inside or outside your home. But if you check out some of the transformative fireplace and home exterior projects we’ve done for clients at North Star Stone, you’ll quickly notice that manufactured stone veneer delivers the same elegant look that real brick does.
But more importantly, and as opposed to real brick, faux stone
provides you with these additional benefits:
Installing Stone Veneer Over Brick
Okay, it’s true that manufactured stone veneer can be applied over existing brick. Now it’s time to consider how it’s done.
Inside your home, faux stone can be placed over brick on or around:
- Bar fronts
- Room entryways
Homeowners around the Chicagoland area love its formal look and curb appeal, along with the way the stone projects changing shadows in differing light conditions throughout the day. Stone veneer can be used to cover up brick on these outside areas of your home:
Installing faux stone is pretty simple, whether it’s a DIY project or you’re hiring a pro. Here’s how an interior or exterior install goes:
- The existing brick facing is cleaned and prepped to provide a stable surface.
- The stone veneer panels are installed onto the prepped brick surface using a layer of Thin-set mortar. Note: On painted brick surfaces, a wire mesh must be used first for the mortar to adhere to. The mesh is secured in place with fasteners by drilling holes into the brick.
- That’s it! Now it’s time to show off your new creation to your family and friends!
Transform Your Outdated Brick with Stone Veneer!
At North Star Stone, we specialize in a wide-variety of top-quality manufactured stone veneer products for all types of home interior and exterior applications.
Our luxurious faux stone is durable, affordable, low-maintenance, easy-to-install, and delivers a high return-on-investment when you’re ready to sell your home. And, if you live in the Chicagoland area and would prefer a professional installation, we can do that too!