Guide To Using Natural Stone Wall Cladding
Natural stone cladding has become very popular over the past few years.
It can be used on both internal and external walls to create a look that is very beautiful and truly unique.
Natural stone is the perfect material for cladding because it is extremely durable and environmentally friendly.
It also has heat insulating properties which can help you save on your power bills!
This guide will explain the benefits of using natural stone wall as cladding on your home.
We’ll also share a few important considerations you should make before installing natural stone wall cladding.
What is natural stone cladding?
Natural stone wall cladding is a thin layer of natural stone that is attached to a wall.
It is primarily applied to improve the appearance of a surface.
It is also useful for protecting surfaces from rain, snow, and other environmental factors.
Multiple layers are usually applied to a surface before adding stone cladding.
For an external surface, this typically includes a waterproof barrier and anchoring system.
Panels of natural stone are then applied to the anchoring system and set in place.
Advantages of using natural stone wall cladding
There are many advantages to using natural stone wall cladding, including:
Natural stone is beautiful
There are many types of natural stone ideally suited for internal or external wall cladding.
Each type of stone is available with a unique combination of colour, texture, grain, and patterns.
Natural stones range in colour from pure white through to shades of purple and black.
Whatever the design aesthetic of your house is, you will find a beautiful combination of natural stones to match it.
Natural stone cladding acts as a heat insulating barrier
Stone wall cladding is heat insulating barrier that will help to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
You will be less reliant on air conditioning or heating, which means smaller utility bills.Your home will also have a smaller carbon footprint.
Natural stone cladding acts as a sound insulating barrier
Applying natural stone cladding to the interior or exterior walls of your home will reduce the amount of sound that can travel through your walls.
This can be very useful if you are trying to eliminate road noise or improve the privacy of guests within your home.
Natural stone is an extremely durable material
Natural stone is a very tough material that lasts for a lifetime.
It won’t lose its colour when exposed to sunlight and will continue to look fantastic for many decades.
If you apply natural stone cladding to a wall, you won’t have to paint or wallpaper it again, saving you hundreds of Euros in the long run.
Natural stone cladding is a non-porous material
Natural stone has a low level of porosity, which means it doesn’t let water permeate its surface easily.
This makes natural stone wall cladding ideal for preventing moisture from reaching internal walls.
Natural stone is weather resistant
Because stone is so durable, it will tolerate rain, wind, ultraviolet light, and snow very well.
It won’t discolour or deteriorate quickly, even when exposed to severe weather conditions.
Natural stone wall cladding will improve the value of your home.
Most people understand the value of natural stone and are willing to spend more on home with natural stone walls.
Factors to consider before installation
Stone cladding usually comes in panels that are fixed to an anchoring system on a wall.
The anchoring system used might vary depending on the type of stone used.
Heavier stone panels will require a more robust anchoring system
Some of the key considerations when thinking about installing natural stone wall cladding include:
How heavy is the stone
The weight of natural stone can vary, with stones like granite and marble being heavier than sandstone.
If you are using a heavier stone or thicker layers of stone, additional bracing may be required.
How strong your walls are
Some homes have internal walls that are quite weak and don’t have much structural support.
A builder may be required to assess your walls and determine if they can support natural stone cladding.
Effects of thermal expansion and contraction
Walls made from timber will experience thermal expansion and contraction.
It is important to ensure that the wall cladding is installed with this continual movement in mind.
Expected wind loads
If you are placing the cladding on external walls, wind loads may be a consideration.
A builder or engineer may have to be contracted if you are in a very windy area.
Thanks for reading our Guide To Using Natural Stone Wall Cladding.
If you have any questions about our natural stone products, contact Carrara Marble on 020 8838 4604.