While purchasing new tools may seem like a substantial investment just to get started, it’s a fraction of what a contractor would charge. Contractors must make a profit, and you should expect to pay the contractor 1.5 times the true cost of a job. Hiring a contractor might be a good idea for large-scale projects, but GenStone products are specifically designed for homeowners who want the savings and satisfaction of a do-it-yourself project. Before we get to our faux stone installation checklist, here’s a few other reasons why you should consider installing faux stone yourself:
- Savings: The most obvious benefit of installing manufactured faux stone siding on your own is saving money. Labor and material markups can be expensive, and the savings alone can provide enough motivation to take on the project without the help of a contractor.
- Control: Doing it yourself also allows you to take the time and care to get exactly what you want out of a project. If you want a specific pattern in your exterior stone veneer panels, completing the project on your own allows you that customization and attention to detail. You’re in control. If you want to make changes on the fly, there won’t be a contractor to stand in your way.
- Satisfaction: Never underestimate the satisfaction of a job well done. Working on a project from start to finish can be extremely gratifying and even boost confidence. Once you’ve finished a project, you will have the skills and experience for the rest of your life. You may even be motivated to move on to bigger projects or offer your skills and service for pay.