We at Lang feel passionately about Stone as the preferred building material. Stone offers a timeless, classic, permanent look and feel to any structure. Stone is weatherproof, and actually improves with age. It is insect-proof, highly resistant to wear; nearly maintenance free, and long lived. It offers a wide range of design choices from formal to rustic, and signifies good taste. It is quietly elegant, looks expensive, and is highly valued.
As Charles McRaven, a college professor turned stone mason and author, says in his book, Stonework Techniques and Projects: "In this age of throwaways, stone is psychologically appealing; it represents strength, stability and permanence. It provides a sense of shelter and security and blessed simplicity when we're tired of flimsiness and confusion."
Properly installed stone will add value to your home. Here is a general example. A 2,000 square foot home has about 1,300 square feet of stone. At $30 per square foot installed, that's $39,000 cost. Another exterior siding may cost as much as $25,000 less. However, the home may be worth $100,000 to $150,000 more since it is stone.