How Much Does Stone Veneer Siding Cost?

Jenna Jonaitis
Written by Jenna Jonaitis
Updated January 24, 2022
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The typical cost of stone veneer siding is $13,000 to $22,000 for 1,000 square feet, based on the average 2,700-square-foot home

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Stone veneer siding can add character, charm, and beauty to your home's exterior—and costs much less than stone siding. This material offers incredible durability and is heavier than other sidings but doesn’t put as much strain on your home’s foundation as natural stone siding. Stone veneer lasts 20 to 75 years and can raise the value of your property.

The average stone veneer siding job costs between $13,000 and $22,000 for 1,000 square feet (based on the average 2,700-square-foot home). The total project price depends on labor costs in your area, the size of your home, and what stone veneer siding you choose.

How Much Does Stone Veneer Siding Cost per Square Foot?

Stone veneer siding costs $11 to $18 per square foot on average and usually comes in sheets. Installation labor costs around $2 to $4 per square foot on top of materials, for a total cost of around $13 to $22 per square foot.

For comparison, stone siding costs $42 per square foot on average for materials alone.

How Much Stone Veneer Siding Can I Get on My Budget?

Depending on your budget and desires, you could accent part or all of your home's exterior with stone veneer siding. Here are estimates of what you can do with your budget:

$7,000

You can reface the front of your home with stone veneer siding, measuring up to 300 square feet.

$15,000

You can cover the entirety of a smaller home with stone veneer, such as a 700-square-foot exterior.

$23,000

Install stone veneer siding on the entire exterior of an average 2,700-square-foot home, equal to 1,000 square feet of exterior siding.

$31,000

Cover a 1,500-square-foot exterior with high-end stone veneer siding, great for larger homes bigger than the average 2,700-square-foot home.

$39,000

Choose high-end stone veneer siding for 1,800 square feet of exterior area. If you have a home over 4,000 square feet, you may need this budget to cover the full exterior.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Stone Veneer Siding Yourself?

The cost to install stone veneer siding yourself ranges from $11 to $18 per square foot, plus tools and supplies like underlayment and mortar. The tools you’ll need include a mason hammer, nail gun, grout bag, and joint tool. 

While you can install stone veneer siding yourself, the project is very challenging and carries large risks, making hiring a local siding contractor better. Because of the weight of the stone veneer, your foundation and underlayment must support the weight of your new siding. You also want to prevent the stone veneer from cracking or having water vapor seep into your wall foundation.

Stone Veneer Siding Cost Breakdown

The cost of stone veneer siding is mostly the siding itself and labor costs, but a few other components make up the total project cost.

Siding Material

You can find stone veneer siding for anywhere from $11 to $18 per square foot, ranging from simple styles to luxury designs.

Underlayment

You may need new underlayment to support the stone veneer siding before installation. For 1,000 square feet, the cost will be $440 to $520.

Labor Installation Costs

Labor tends to be between $2 and $4 per square foot. For a 1,000-square-foot surface, plan for $1,000 to $1,100 total, but be sure to get a quote from a local mason or siding installer.

Removal and Disposal

If you need to remove siding from your home, such as vinyl or wood siding, you’ll need to budget $1,000 to $2,500 for deconstruction, depending on the size of your home.

Moisture Barrier

To prevent water vapor from seeping under your wall and damaging the foundation, you’ll need a moisture barrier. It usually costs $2 to $4 per square foot.

Mortar

Mortar secures your veneer to your home and binds the sheets of veneer together. Plan on spending $40 to $45 for four 70 to 80-pound bags for a 1,000-square-foot surface if you’re tackling it yourself.

Masonry Nails

You'll likely need four 5-pound packages of masonry nails for a DIY install, equal to around $20.

Metal Lath

You’ll need metal lath installed before the veneer siding to serve as a foundation for the mortar. For 1,000 square feet, it’ll cost about $600 to $700.

Vinegar

Within a half-hour of installing your stone veneer siding, you should clean it with vinegar and water to remove mortar residue. Ten gallons of vinegar cost about $30 total.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install Stone Veneer Siding?

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The main factors that impact stone veneer siding prices are the square footage and labor costs, but the style of siding you choose can also play a factor.

Style of Stone Veneer

Some stone veneer siding has a more luxurious appearance and is more expensive, while others are most affordable. Bulk pallets are less expensive than smaller panels, and the more natural or unique the stone looks, the more expensive the veneer tends to be.

Labor

The cost of a contractor averages $2 to $4 per square foot but depends on the size and complexity of your home and the cost of labor in your region. Get quotes from a few different siding installers before deciding which contractor is best for your project.

Square Footage

The more square feet you have on the exterior of your home, the more expensive it will be due to more materials and more labor costs.

Complexity

If your home has many peaks or tricky areas to place siding, you’ll need to budget in some extra time and labor to install it.

FAQs About Stone Veneer Siding

Why should I pick stone veneer siding for my home?

If you like the look of stone and its durability, but don’t want to pay the price of natural stone, stone veneer siding might be the best choice for you. Stone veneer siding lasts 20 to 75 years and increases the value of your home.

How do you maintain stone veneer siding?

You can maintain your siding’s beauty by easily cleaning it with vinegar and water when it needs it, but otherwise, stone veneer siding is relatively maintenance-free. For your mixture of water and vinegar, aim for 30% vinegar and 70% water.

Is stone veneer cheaper than stone?

Stone veneer siding is approximately four times less expensive than stone because it's made of concrete and aggregates instead of natural stone. But veneer looks like real stone, is easier to install, and acts as a great, durable siding option.

How much does it cost to put stone siding on the front of a house?

It costs between $9,800 and $18,000 to put stone siding on the front of a house for 250 square feet of exterior area. Stone veneer for the same area would cost between $5,000 and $6,000.

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