2021 Stone Siding Cost, Pros & Cons: Natural Stone vs. MSV

Stone as a siding material has two main options: natural and faux. The price difference between the two can be as much as $20 per sq. ft. Aesthetically, the two options are nearly identical and many of the benefits are the same.

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Did you know? Natural stone will last about twice as long as faux stone veneer.

Faux stone, also known as Cast or Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV) consists of concrete and utilizes dozens of pigments to achieve its color. Mostly it is made to look as close to natural stone as possible.

Often, the beauty of natural stone is overlooked. Rock can be anywhere from light in color, to dark, to even blue and red.

For MSV to mimic the natural stuff, it must also be cast from molds that are shaped by natural stone pieces. Once finished, faux stone becomes a lighter and less expensive option to ship, install and ultimately to pay for as a consumer.

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Metal Siding Options, Costs and Pros & Cons in 2021

Residential metal siding offers five primary choices of materials: G-90 Galvanized steel, Galvalume coated steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper. Steel and Aluminum are the predominant choices when it comes to metal wall cladding systems available for residential and commercial projects.

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Zinc wall panels are considerably more expensive, but they are also more durable and longer lasting compared to steel and aluminum. Zinc panels are typically used in high-end commercial metal wall projects and roofing applications.

Copper is the more exotic and most expensive metal that can also be used in roofing and metal wall cladding applications. However, copper is rarely used as a siding material due to its high cost and highly reflective surface, which makes it far more suitable for roofing

Thanks to the remarkable durability and versatility of metal, the panels can be shaped as corrugated or ribbed, or made to mimic lap siding or vertical boards. However, metal siding doesn’t attempt to mimic stucco, stone or brick siding, as these generally constitute unique shapes.


Residential metal siding panels can range in cost between $8.00 to $25.00 per sq. ft. installed, depending on the metal panel profile, material, project complexity, and your home’s location.

  • Architectural grade steel panels including G-90 Steel and Galvalume steel with Kynar 500 paint finish can typically be installed for $8.00 to 12.50 per sq. ft.
  • Aluminum siding with Kynar 500 paint finish can typically be installed for $8.50 to $13.50 per sq. ft.
  • Zinc cladding and zinc wall panels can typically be installed for around $12.00 to $20.00 per sq. ft.
  • Copper is the least common and most expensive metal siding option that can be priced as high as $20.00 to $35.00 per sq. ft. installed.

For a metal siding installation on a house, it is strongly recommended you go with a professional and experienced contractor. For smaller projects, such as a shed or garage, the DIY approach is feasible.

On larger projects, where pieces are cut to cover either larger areas or unique layouts, a professional will not only work faster but be more careful. Metal is malleable which if not careful can lead to waste of purchased materials. Plus, metal installation can be somewhat dangerous with its sharp edges.

To get a better picture of the costs, let’s break down what a project may entail.

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Stucco Siding Cost, Options, Plus Pros and Cons in 2021

Stucco siding is a plaster-like cladding, specially blended for exterior weathering. It’s a very popular siding option with over half of new single-family homes sold in the western quadrant of the US. having such an exterior.

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In fact, according to the 2015 U.S. Census data, stucco (and not vinyl) is the #1 siding option in America.

The base of stucco consists of sand, cement, and lime. It may sound plain a bit like “Plain Jane”, and in many regions it may even be applied in its most simple form. But there are so many variations to texturing and coloring of stucco that it may deserve a second look by a discerning homeowner.


Application of stucco requires solid masonry skill, as cement can harden quickly. It’s usually applied in one of the two installation methods; Both entail the wooden wall sheathing as the first layer, or substrate, followed by a water barrier sheet, which in turn is followed by a metal lath so the cement layer has something to bind to.

Then, there is a scratch coat of cement which makes the top layer(s) easier to apply. The two variations are then a decision point for a homeowner who must decide on whether it’s best to go with a single coat or multiple coats — usually 3 layers. The outermost layer is where the texturing and design are emphasized.

Stucco siding cost averages between $8.50 and $15.50 per sq. ft. installed. Higher costs per sq. ft. come mainly from additional layers and/or sophisticated design techniques, such as dashing (which we’ll cover below). Cost factors also deal with regional availability of materials and qualified installers.

A typical two-bedroom or three-bedroom sized home with approximately 2,000 sq.ft. of siding will have a price of $17,000 to $31,000 for a standard stucco siding. As there are numerous factors that impact the price, we will help explain that, but first let’s break down the costs.

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