08:21AM | 10/01/03
Member Since: 08/28/03
9 lifetime posts
I was considering removing my old (40yrs) wood shingle siding and installing "veneer stone" like the kind available from Eldorado Stone. I have seen this type of material installed on fireplaces as a DIY....was wondering if indeed this could be a DIY project and anyones thoughts on this type of material for siding. Any other recommened manufacturers?? The current siding as I said is 40yrs old- warping, cracking and splitting and a majority of it definitely needs replaced not just patched. Any ballpark estimates on cost for a ranch house ~50ft wide by 35 ft deep (~1800 sq ft house).

Glenn Good

11:34AM | 10/08/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
This stone is very nice and works well in place of siding as long as the wall is prepped properly first. I suggest using 2 layers of 30lb. asphalt impregnated felt paper on the wall before installing the wire mesh and stone. The mortar will tend to deteriorate the layer it is in contact will and could lead to leakage problems. By installing 2 layers of felt the first will act as a barrier keeping the mortar from coming in contact with the second layer thus protecting it.

Another thing to consider is the weight of the stone is much greater than that of siding. You may want to have a professional take a look at your house and the foundation to insure it will stand up to the added weight.

Pricing is next to impossible due to price fluctuations across the country, the style of your house, accessibility issues, etc.




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