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    How to Determine a Rough Estimate for Stone Veneer Cost in 2023

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      When it comes to home improvement, there can be a lot to consider regarding cost, especially when looking at different stone veneer options. To help you get a better idea of how to estimate stone veneer cost, we’ve put together this helpful breakdown.Before we get started, the most important thing we want to call out when estimating price is understanding total on-the-wall costs (job size, material cost, underlayment, labor) vs. just simply looking at material cost.

      This leads us into the two main categories of stone veneer: traditional and easy-to-install. We’ll help you compare the pricing, which does vary from region to region and by the complexity of a project, but overall will give you a clearer picture of what to expect and how you can save.

      Four Key Considerations for Stone Veneer Installation Cost

      Our cost calculator helps you understand the difference between material cost and on-the-wall costs, as well as the four key considerations that contribute to an estimate: job size, material cost, underlayment and labor.

      Job Size:

      Projects can range in scope, anywhere from an accent wall to an entire apartment complex. Keep in mind, the larger the project, the more potential there is for material discounts. The job size can be estimated by a project’s square footage. To give you a feel for what to expect as a homeowner, an average home’s exterior would have around 350 sq. ft. and an average interior fireplace accent wall would be around 125 sq. ft.

      Material Cost:

      This refers to the cost of the material itself. Although, this doesn’t just come down to the square footage you’ll need of the material—pricing also includes your waste factor.

      Waste factor is the excess material that is accounted for when leaving room for material that isn’t usable, for one reason or another, in your project. Most stone veneer options typically suggest purchasing an additional 10 – 15% of product to account for waste; however, products like Evolve Stone only have about a 3% waste factor.

      infographic of boxes comparing traditional stone veneer product waste and Evolve Stone product waste


      Underlayment material costs depend entirely on the specific needs of a project and the brand of materials purchased. More traditional stone veneer that uses mortar typically requires a double WRB, wire lath and a scratch coat. Easy-to-install stone veneer only requires a WRB and a rainscreen—reducing costs considerably.

      infographic of traditional stone veneer underlayment materials and mortarless stone veneer underlayment featuring layers such as the wall, WRB, rainscreen, lath, and scratch coat


      Roughly speaking, labor costs can range anywhere from $5 – $12 per square foot on average for traditional stone veneer and $1.50 to $3.50 for Easy-to-install stone veneer. In addition to the installation cost, there are other circumstances that can impact pricing which includes resurfacing, replacing and removing your substrate prior to installation. Some questions to ask yourself about your project:

      • Is the substrate already in place? If so, is the substrate load-bearing?
      • Is there anything that needs to be demolished or that requires removal?
      • Is there existing product that needs to be taken down?

      man in white hard hat uses nail gun to install mortarless stone veneer by Evolve Stone

      Another aspect of labor revolves around interior vs. exterior projects. In almost all cases, interior will cost more, as the installation crew doesn’t usually have the structure they need to work with, they will have to make material cuts outside, the process can be very messy and the job size is normally smaller. When masonry is involved, interior projects will cost about 30-100% more than that of an exterior project vs. mortarless, easy-to install stone veneer, like Evolve Stone.

      gray stone veener fireplace in home

      In addition to the four key considerations that are listed above, there are other variables that can affect an estimate, which include:

      Cycle time

      Cycle time refers to the time it takes to complete a project, from start to finish. The longer the cycle time, the higher the cost of the project, as it requires more labor and resources.

      Miscellaneous accessories

      Miscellaneous accessories refer to additional materials required for the installation, such as screws, nails, and flashing. These can add to the overall cost of the project.

      Man hours and opportunity cost

      Man hours refer to the amount of time required for labor. Opportunity cost refers to the cost of forgoing an alternative opportunity. If the installation takes longer than anticipated, it can result in additional labor costs and opportunity costs.

      Safety costs

      Safety costs refer to the additional measures required to ensure the safety of the installation team and the surrounding area. This can include safety equipment, training, and insurance.

      Structural concerns

      Structural concerns refer to any issues with the underlying structure of the building. If there are issues that need to be addressed before the installation, it can add to the overall cost of the project.


      Weatherability refers to the ability of the stone veneer to withstand different weather conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, rain, and wind. Certain types of stone may be more weather-resistant than others, which can affect the overall cost.


      Workability refers to how easy or difficult the stone veneer is to work with. If the stone veneer is difficult to cut, shape, or install, it can increase the overall cost of the project.

      DIY vs. Installation

      Now that you have a better idea for what to expect cost-wise, you can start to consider your options when it comes to DIY projects and projects that you’d rather have installed by a professional crew. When working with more traditional stone veneer or real stone, you will most likely want to hire a crew, as the installation process is much more labor-intensive, messy and tricky at times.

      With mortarless, easy-to-install, manufactured stone veneers like Evolve Stone, you do not need to have any specialty training or specialty tools and they take about a fraction of the time to install. If you do intend to install stone veneer yourself, we do recommend closely following the instructions and installation guides provided by the manufacturer of the product. To learn more about what you need to consider when installing stone veneer, visit our article that breaks it down for you in greater detail.

      woman installs stone veneer accent wall with nail gun

      Stone Veneer Project Estimates

      The first step in estimating the cost of a stone veneer project is understanding the estimated square footage of product needed. Take a look at our examples below, which feature Evolve Stone:

      Fireplace: Estimated 75-100 sq. ft.

      outdoor fireplace with gray stone

      Columns: Roughly 20-30 sq. ft. per column

      front porch of home with earth toned stone veneer on exterior wall and base of columns

      Accent Wall: Estimated between 75-150 sq. ft.

      gray stone veneer accent wall on staircase

      Exterior: Many exterior applications range between 200-400 sq. ft.

      pool house with exterior stone veneer applied around the base

      Feeling Inspired? Use Our Calculator!

      If you’re ready for your next home improvement project that can instantly add value and character to your home, browse Evolve Stone’s different product styles and color options here or estimate your cost using Evolve Stone products with our calculator below!

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      *The cost calculator is an approximation based on Evolve Stone averages and cost estimates are not guaranteed. This cost may differ once the specific requirements for your project are determined. 

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q. Is stone veneer durable?

      A. Yes, stone veneer is highly durable and can last for many years with proper maintenance. It is resistant to water, fire, and pests, making it an excellent choice for exterior use.

      Q. How can I maintain my stone veneer?

      A. Regular cleaning and sealing can help maintain the appearance and durability of your stone veneer. Avoid using harsh chemicals or pressure washers, as they can damage the stone.

      Q. Can I use stone veneer for interior projects?

      A. Yes, stone veneer can be used for interior projects like accent walls, fireplaces, and kitchen backsplashes. It can add a natural and rustic look to your home’s interior.

      Q. Is stone veneer heavier than real stone?

      A. No, stone veneer is much lighter than real stone. It is made from thin slices of natural or manufactured stone and is installed over a substrate or existing surface.

      Q. Can stone veneer be installed over brick or stucco?

      A. Yes, stone veneer can be installed over a variety of surfaces, including brick and stucco. However, the surface must be clean, dry, and free of any loose materials or debris.

      Q. Can stone veneer be painted?

      A. Yes, stone veneer can be painted, but it is not recommended. Painting can cover up the natural beauty of the stone and can affect its durability.

      Q. Can I use stone veneer to cover my entire house?

      A. Yes, stone veneer can be used to cover your entire house, but it can be expensive. It is recommended to use stone veneer as an accent or to cover specific areas like the front facade or columns.

      Q. Does stone veneer require a special foundation?

      A. No, stone veneer does not require a special foundation. It can be installed over a variety of substrates, including concrete, masonry, and wood framing.

      Q. How long does stone veneer last?

      A. With proper installation and maintenance, stone veneer can last for many years. The lifespan can vary depending on the type of stone, installation method, and weather conditions.

      Wrap Up: How to Determine a Rough Estimate for Stone Veneer

      Determining a rough estimate for stone veneer cost is an important step in planning and budgeting for your project. By understanding the factors that affect the cost and calculating a rough estimate, you can make informed decisions and avoid unexpected expenses.

      It is recommended to consult with a professional installer for an accurate estimate and to ensure the best results for your stone veneer project. With proper installation and maintenance, stone veneer can enhance the beauty and value of your home for years to come.

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