Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

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Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and for many homeowners throughout the Chicagoland area that means the eager anticipation of exterior home remodeling projects.  There are a number of outside improvements you can make to your house that will upgrade its appearance into a newer and more luxurious one.  However, for many people it boils down to their budgets and which potential renovations provide the highest resale return on investment.   To assist your decision making, Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report ranking the most common exterior home remodels based upon their future market resale value payback on investment.

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Their 2018 analysis is now available, and for the second year in a row manufactured stone veneer siding placed second in overall project cost to home resale value benefit, posting a solid 97.1% showing.  To arrive at that figure, Remodeling Magazine used a measurement based upon an average replacement of a 300-square-foot continuous band of vinyl siding on the bottom third of a home’s front with manufactured stone veneer, along with new sills, corners and an address block.  Bested in their survey by only a new garage door installation, exterior stone siding once again proved itself as a viable payback consideration for your next exterior home improvement project.  Let’s take a closer look now at some of the advantages of using manufactured stone to liven up your house.

Exterior Stone Veneer is Versatile and Attractive

If the outside of your current home is finished with vinyl or clapboard siding, replacing it with one of the many available designs of manufactured stone veneer will dramatically showcase its exterior, while transforming it into a richer-looking alternative with enhanced curb appeal.  Additionally, situations arise when a home’s exterior has a Dryitt issue and that’s where a mixture of stone veneer with another siding material can be used to replace the damaged Dryitt areas.  In any of these cases, envious onlookers including potential buyers will be drawn to the rejuvenated appearance as your structure stands out from others around it.  In fact, faux stone can actually create the illusion that your home was constructed with expensive stone or brick!   As a versatile remodeling material, stone veneer can be used to improve the look of the following exterior features:

  • Around the front entryway
  • On the front of your garage
  • As a full wall accent
  • To decorate pillars
  • Chimneys
  • Lower portions of walls (knee walls)


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Overall, stone siding can be used on a wide-variety of exterior home remodeling jobs while providing an attractive appearance and higher return-on-investment when it’s time to sell.


Other Ways Exterior Stone Veneer Provides Value

In addition to the aforementioned payback benefits of using manufactured stone siding on your home, it also gives you more bang for your buck in these ways:

  • It’s easy to install for do-it-yourselfers or professionals
  • It’s durable and holds up well to all types of weather conditions
  • It’s easy to care for and maintain
  • It’s much cheaper than real stone or brick

Another feature of stone veneer siding is the variety of custom colors available that coordinate nicely with any home’s exterior.  A company like North Star Stone offers a wide-range of styles and shapes and will work with you to best incorporate those into the existing character of your home.  Stone siding can also be easily washed with soapy or vinegar water and a soft bristled brush or sponge.  Then simply rinse off the cleaning mixture with water from your garden hose.  When you look at all of the positives that manufactured stone veneer brings to the table, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular and affordable home resale value-adding material!

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Enjoy Higher Home Remodeling Payback with Stone Veneer!

Manufactured stone veneer makes for a cost-effective, easily-installable and highly-attractive addition to your next exterior home improvement project.  Additionally, stone veneer siding provides the second highest resale payback on investment remodeling option according to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine.  At North Star Stone, we specialize in the manufacturing, sales and installation of both interior and exterior stone veneer products.  We’ve proudly worked with numerous homeowners around the Chicagoland area while enhancing their resale values using our fine stone veneer siding.  To learn more about home exterior remodeling ideas showcasing our wide-variety of manufactured stone veneer styles visit: now.

Considering Siding Options For Your Home? Here’s Why Stone Veneer is a Great Choice for A Home’s Exterior Siding

Considering Siding Options For Your Home? Here’s Why Stone Veneer is a Great Choice for A Home’s Exterior Siding

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When it’s time to improve the outside of your home, stone veneer siding may be one of the best exterior siding options available. Thinner and lighter than natural stone, it is easier to install and less stressful for your home’s structure. It’s also less expensive than real stone, doesn’t disrupt the environment through quarrying, and is recyclable too!

Quality stone exterior siding that is correctly installed, offers many other advantages, including excellent payback, distinguished appearance, a wide range of natural colors and low to no maintenance.

Also, it’s a sturdy solution to solve the problem many homeowners face when renovating the exteriors of homes constructed with lightweight Dryvit siding — a foam product with a faux stucco-like veneer that is vulnerable to moisture and woodpecker damage- amongst other issues. After the Dryvit is removed, these homes can support a manufactured stone veneer that offers a safe, beautiful and long lasting exterior home siding.


Stone Veneer vs. Stone

Stone veneer is made of Portland cement, aggregate and natural pigments (for stone color). Mixed together, we then pour the mixture into casts designed to provide the look and texture of real stone.

Unlike natural stone, which is typically extremely thick and heavy, stone veneer siding may range from slightly less than 2 inches to about 3 inches thick depending on the texture applied to the stone veneer. Natural stone often requires a brick ledge for installation. Windows also often need to be reset due to the change in depth of the siding. Both necessities slow project completion and make it much more expensive than using thin stone veneer on a home’s exterior. Being heavier, natural stone is also more expensive to deliver/ship to job sites.

Overall, installation of stone veneer per square foot often costs about one-third to one-half less than that of natural stone! That’s a big difference!

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Payback: Cost Vs. Value Report

Nationwide, stone veneer for exterior home siding has been one of the best home improvement choices for money spent, according to Remodeling Magazine.

For three years running, the magazine’s annual Cost Vs. Value Report has placed stone veneer close to the top of its list for payback value. According to Remodeling Magazine, the only items that have exceed payback value in 2016, other than stone veneer, are fiberglass attic insulation and installation of a steel front door.

The magazine’s data indicates that in the East-North Central Region (which includes Illinois) the payback on manufactured stone veneer siding is second to attic insulation. That’s a good sign for home owners looking to update their home’s exterior with stone! If you’re planning to sell soon, your stone veneer can add real value to your home!

Distinguished Natural Look

A rustic stone look increases the curb appeal and value of a home. It is extremely difficult- if not, impossible, to differentiate between manufactured and natural stone. Our stone looks just like real stone!

Customers select the natural colors and textures they want in their stone veneer siding. This makes it super easy to match other design aspects of a home. It’s easy to match or blend in new stone veneer with existing stone, siding and even landscaping. If you’re looking to use real stone, shortages can occur in the natural stone market and make it difficult to meet preferences and match an existing stone. With stone veneer, you can match the color and most often, the styles of existing stone. Stone veneer will not only save you money, it can also save you time! No more searching through endless places on line and in person to try to match stone!

Low Maintenance & Safety

Maintenance of stone veneer primarily involves hosing it down occasionally. Yep- that’s about it! Painting touch-ups aren’t necessary with stone veneer.

Even Hardie Board — a product our customers and builders often combine with stone veneer to create a beautiful home siding option — doesn’t require repainting. Hardie Board is a fire-resistant material made to look like wood but comprised mainly of sand and cement.



Professional installation ensures that proper construction techniques are used to avoid moisture from getting behind siding and causing structural damage, If you choose to install the stone veneer yourself, we’re happy to provide installation instructions and answer any questions you have. If you prefer professional installation and are in the Chicagoland area, we have some very talented masons who will work diligently to make your home’s exterior shine.

Stone veneer, no matter what color or style you choose, is a perfect choice for updating your home’s exterior. With the many colors and styles North Star Stone offers to choose from, choosing stone veneer will help your home stand out as one of the best homes on the block!

Want to see some examples of the stone veneer that North Star Stone creates? Stop by our Libertyville, Illinois showroom. Call us today at (847) 996-6850 to schedule an appointment! *Please note- our showroom is open by appointment only.

North Star Stone Announces Launch of Custom Stone Color App

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Chicago area North Star Stone develops application that allows customers to custom design and color their stone fireplaces and stone exterior veneer online.

Libertyville, Illinois– April 25, 2013   Stone Veneer manufacturer North Star Stone has announced the launch of their new Stone Veneer Color Selector online. The custom color selector allows users to custom design a wall that would represent the colors their stone fireplace or exterior walls would have once installed.

The Stone Color Selector uses a combination of HTML5 and Javascript to allow users to drag and drop the stone veneer bricks they like to their wall and create a customized design. They can then send their custom stone wall to North Star Stone as well as a copy to themselves.

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NSS Custom Color Stone Veneer App

“We’re excited to allow customers a more active role in choosing the color of the stone veneers they have installed in and on their homes. This new feature will allow users to truly customize their designs and match their décor and color schemes as well as their individual tastes,” owner, Alan Andrews says of the custom color selector.

The Stone Color Selector is now live on the North Star Stone website for users to start custom designing stone for fireplacesinterior stone and exterior stonework.

About North Star Stone
North Star Stone, Inc., founded in 2004 offers custom stone fireplaces, exterior stone work and interior stone design for homes throughout Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs. North Star Stone custom manufacturers stone veneer to transform old and outdated fireplaces, update home exteriors and add new style to interior structures like wine cellars, interior walls and stone columns. Find out more about the custom stonework that North Star Stone offers at