Stone cladding includes fully integrated rainscreen

Stone cladding includes fully integrated rainscreen

Homeowners who want to give their home a beautiful, high-value facelift with the warm, inviting look of stone artisanship now have an excellent choice.

New STONEfaçade from CertainTeed is a unique manufactured architectural stone veneer that provides a luxurious upgrade to a home's appearance. Its panelized design simplifies installation, eliminating the many time-consuming steps that make traditional stonework so expensive while still capturing the authentic appearance of natural stone.

"We created STONEfaçade to provide homeowners with an attractive, and affordable, way to enjoy the beauty of stone," says Kelly Warren, marketing manager for CertainTeed Siding. "STONEfaçade complements any architectural style, and can be used as primary cladding or to highlight a specific architectural detail, like a kneewall. It's a great way to enhance curb appeal and increase a home's potential resale value. In fact, recent industry research indicates a more than 90 percent return on investment for exterior stonework like STONEfaçade."

STONEfaçade delivers eye-catching curb appeal with the rugged charm of old-world masonry. Panels are molded from handpicked natural stones that are individually selected and positioned to mimic hand-laid workmanship, while a unique hand-applied brushstroke technique captures the infinite tonal variations of natural stone. STONEfaçade covers 110 square feet, one of the largest spans in the industry, without repeating a pattern.

Traditional stone products installed without proper drainage can allow moisture to accumulate in the wall cavity, with the potential for rot and other moisture-related problems. STONEfaçade skillfully addresses this concern with the industry's only fully integrated rainscreen. This 3/8-inch stainless steel insert creates space behind the panel for moisture to drain, while also serving as a reinforcement.

Available in the popular ledgestone style, CertainTeed designed STONEfaçade in four attractive colors that enhance any home design, style or color. Adirondack Snowfall features graduated tones of cool gray and off-white. Appalachian Twilight combines blended hues of calming gray and subtle brown, while Pocono Autumn evokes the colors of fall with variegated shades of brown, orange and yellow. Harbor Sunset mixes stunning shades of burgundy and brown hues to beautiful effect. A full array of accessories is available to complement STONEfaçade, including sills, corners and electrical and light boxes.

Homeowners will also enjoy STONEfaçade's minimal maintenance requirements. A soft bristle brush and a bucket of soapy water are all that is needed to keep the panels looking clean and fresh. The manufactured design eliminates the need for recaulking, tuckpointing and other repairs commonly required by stone. A 20-year warranty offers additional peace of mind.

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Topics: Exteriors, Maintenance & Repair, Siding

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