The new faux stone products can dramatically improve a home's curb appeal while costing up to 75% less than actual masonry.
Butler, PA (PRWEB) May 2, 2008
Manufacturing improvements have made the newest generation of simulated or faux stone columns and faux stone wall fence panels very realistic, sturdy and light. "It looks like high-end masonry but without the high-end cost" said Larry Galbreath of Penn Fencing, Inc., a dealer/distributor for both Landmark Faux Stone Landscape Columns and Simtek Faux Stone Fence Panels. "The new faux stone products can dramatically improve a home's curb appeal while costing up to 75% less than actual masonry."
Building a conventional stone or masonry column requires a large excavation, and then a concrete footer must be poured. A cement block column is built over the footer and then a rock veneer is applied. Finally, a large stone column cap is put on the top of the column. A project like that can cost anywhere from $1,500 - $2,000 per stone column. What's more, it may be difficult to find a qualified mason to do the job correctly.
With a faux stone decorative column, you can dig and set a treated 4x4 into the ground as you would a regular support post. The faux column fits over the wood post and a faux stone column cap is secured with the supplied adhesive. Fence panels are attached to the columns to finish the project. The cost will be anywhere from $550 - $950 per column depending upon style. These decorative columns can be easily and quickly installed by a homeowner or anyone equipped with basic tools and construction experience. Faux stone columns simulate various finishes such as cement, sand stone, granite and brick.
Faux stone panels simulate a granite rock wall and also have a fine masonry look at about half the price. The panels can be easily installed much like you would a conventional wood or vinyl fence. The faux stone panels come in various colors of artificial granite to match other features of your property. They are all virtually maintenance free and can be cleaned quickly with soap and water. According to Galbreath, "When you compare the cost and ease of installation with traditional masonry work, the new faux stone products are a win-win for homeowners."