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 on-the-wall costs, as this will be the area that can potentially help you reduce costs overall 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, pricing, underlayment and labor.
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 product 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.
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 product—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 ad ditional 10% of product to account for waste; however, products like Evolve Stone only have about a 3% waste factor.
The material used for underlayment helps provide insulation, moisture vapor flow and impact resistance. 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 requires a WRB, a rainscreen, wire lath and a scratch coat. Easy-to-install stone veneer only requires a WRB and a rainscreen—reducing costs considerably.
Roughly speaking, labor costs can range anywhere from $5 – $12 per square foot on average. In addition to the installation cost, there are other circumstances that can impact pricing which includes resurfacing, replacing and removing. 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?
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 and the process can be very messy. When masonry is involved, interior projects will cost about 30% more than that of an exterior project vs. mortarless, easy-to install stone veneer, like Evolve Stone.
In addition to the four key considerations that are listed above, there are other variables that can affect an estimate, which include:
- Cycle time
- Miscellaneous accessories
- Man hours and opportunity cost
- Safety costs
- Structural concerns
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.
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.
Columns: Roughly 20-30 sq. ft. per column
Accent Wall: Estimated between 75-150 sq. ft.
Exterior: Many exterior applications range between 200-400 sq. ft.
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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.