Anybody planning home improvements should assess what their return on investment (ROI) will be before they decide what to do and how much to spend. This applies to any project, even one that is primarily aimed to simply improve ones home environment. The reason is that there may be different options available to achieve similar goals, some of which will be more cost effective than others.
As an example, we are going to look at the benefits of using natural vs manufactured stone for home improvement projects, and then consider the ROI using manufactured stone.
Benefits of Using Natural vs Manufactured Stone
While stone is one of the oldest and most revered building materials know to man, manufactured stone has opened up a host of opportunities in recent years. Molded to look exactly like the real thing, manufactured stone is lighter, cheaper, and much easier to work with. There are also some types of manufactured stone that are made specifically with the DIY market in mind, adding potential for an even greater ROI.
Natural stone, on the other hand, must be collected or quarried, cut so that it can be laid for walls, used for paving or as a veneer, and then laid with mortar. When used for building, natural stone requires a solid concrete foundation, which is often not a necessity when using manufactured stone.
ROI Using Manufactured Stone
When considering ROI for anything, including the use of manufactured stone for a building or renovation project, you need to work out the costs involved and weigh these against the financial benefits. The most obvious of these is how a home improvement project involving manufactured stone will increase the value of your property. It’s irrelevant whether you are planning to sell, either now or later, it only has to do with value.
Another ROI when using manufactured stone will likely be reduced maintenance costs. This is because manufactured stone doesn’t require staining, sealing or painting like other wall surfaces.
Whether manufactured stone is used for renovation or a new build, another ROI to consider is the ease of construction, and the fact that skilled stonemasons won’t be required. Also, the fact that substantial concrete foundations aren’t needed will also cut down on cost and therefore factor into the eventual ROI. Because construction is easier, time is also saved, cutting labor costs.
Manufactured Stone from Native Custom Stone
Native Custom Stone has a range of manufactured stone products including a variety of stone-lookalike units molded from fine-aggregate concrete as well as an innovative stone panel product that utilizes recycled rubber tires.
If you’d like to know more about Native Custom Stone’s manufactured stone products, you are welcome to contact us. Alternatively you can order our products from Home Depot online or from Build Direct.
Either way, you can count on a great ROI when using manufactured stone.