Natural stone is an incredibly versatile finishing material. Stone veneer adds texture, depth, and visual interest to practically any area in your home. With panels made of tightly fitted, dry-stacked pieces of stone, you can add stone veneer to create an accent wall in your kitchen or place it outside for curb appeal.
Before you embark on any project, this calculator provides an average cost to install stone veneer in your area so you can start budgeting and planning.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$19.52||$24.75|
|Range for this type of project:||$5,857||$7,424|
Stacked Stone Veneer Installation Cost
Complete cost for veneer panels in 6" x 24" interlocking units. They convincingly imitate natural, stacked stone, giving unique character via lightweight, low-maintenance paneling. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect installation and occasional future repairs.
Basic Labor for Stacked Stone Veneer Installation
Labor costs for thorough installation under standard conditions. This will start with a full assessment of the space. Your team will plan the layout, acquire appropriate equipment, transport materials, and execute preparation, installation and cleanup. They will apply building paper, metal lathe, and mortar scratch coat, then set stone in mortar and mortar joints.
Job Supplies for Stacked Stone Veneer Installation
Standard supplies and materials used in the installation process, such as cutting and grinding materials, mortar, and reinforcement.
Equipment Allowance for Stacked Stone Veneer Installation
Equipment allowance for 10" diamond masonry saw and other specialty tools. This is assessed as a daily rental fee, while single-use equipment will incur separate charges.
|cost to install stacked stone veneer|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$6.71|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$6,533.92|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$5,763.05 - $7,304.80|
Natural stone veneer consists of real stones. As a result, this type of veneer has naturally occurring variations in color and texture — something to consider when designing a dry stack stone wall.
Different stones and finishes come with different price tags. For example, marble is going to cost more than limestone.
Marble is limestone exposed to high temperatures and crystalized into more burdensome stone that is more durable. Marble is one of the most expensive decorative stones on the market, with a national average price of around $67 per square foot. Still, with a higher price tag, marble is often a popular choice for decorative elements — such as fireplaces.
Limestone is already incredibly durable, making it a popular option for stone veneer projects since it’s at a lower price point. Other popular stone choices include slate, granite, and soapstone. Each has a different look, hardiness, and durability.
Natural stone is known as fieldstone, and it provides a traditional, rustic look for fireplaces, entryways, or exterior walls. Manufactured stone veneers provide the look of fieldstone walls without having to place individual stones. The stones have already been sealed together in a piece, ready to install with hooks or sealant.
Manufactured stone veneers wrap porch supports, add texture to exterior walls, or cover bathroom walls. They’re an excellent option for various small-scale projects for DIY homeowners.
Faux stone veneers provide the look of natural stone veneers. Since they aren’t natural rock, they may be less expensive. Faux stone veneers are typically easier to install, making them an excellent option for DIY homeowners. You can still select from different finishes, getting the look of a natural stone veneer at a slightly lower price tag.
In addition to material, different finishes will impact the price point. A polished finish reflects light for a little added shine. A honed finish smooths the rock but won’t reflect as much light, and brushed stone veneer provides the closest look of a rock in nature.
Tumbling natural stone for a polished look requires labor and specialized equipment, while brushed or honed stone takes a bit less work. Of course, buying natural stone veneer sourced from a quarry and then installed will be more expensive than pre-made or faux stone veneer.
While marble and limestone are the most common types of stone veneer, there are plenty of other choices for folks who want to explore materials.
A few other options for natural stone veneer walls and siding include:
You can measure the cost of installing stone veneer per square foot. Natural stones vary in size, so pricing ultimately depends on the amount of space you want to cover in stone veneer. The calculator tool provides a snapshot of the cost to install veneer stone in your specific area.
Choosing a finish for the stone will impact the price. You can choose from polished, brushed, honed, antiquated, and leathered. Each brings a different look to the space. Some are more suited to kitchen walls, while others work better for fireplaces or garden walls.
When using stone veneer, it’s essential to consider that stone varies in color. It’s best practice to decide what type of stone and finish you want to use first, then choose other design elements, like wall color, to complement the rock.
In general, plan on spending an extra 7 to 15% on the total cost of the project. This way, you’ll have room in the budget for any issues. Installing anything new into an older home often means discovering other things that need repair, so be prepared.
Keep in mind that labor costs may include specialized equipment the crew needs for installation, as well as delivery costs. The type of rock and finish you choose will affect the bottom line cost of stone veneer. Heavier rock and larger-scale projects require more time, labor, and specialized equipment than installing a stone veneer backsplash in the kitchen.
Installing stone veneer around windows, light fixtures, or electrical outlets requires special attention and sealing. Missing kickout flashings and failure to seal the stone veneer properly result in leaks and moisture. In wetter climates, this will cause more significant issues.
Because stone doesn’t mold or warp like wood or drywall, any leaks might go undetected for years — resulting in thousands of dollars in repair. When hiring a contractor, ensure they’re a qualified mason with years of experience in the field.
Hiring a professional to install veneer stone may increase the price of your project, but there are many benefits. Installing backsplashes and accent walls requires precision. Your contractor may need to navigate around light fixtures, plumbing, and other systems in your house. Contractors are more experienced and can work with the stone veneer material more safely than a new DIY homeowner.
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