Stone Sensation

Benefits of Natural Cladding

Natural stone is non-absorbed

Despite its high aesthetics, natural stone requires special care. The stone can become brittle when heated and may require construction joints. Natural stone is also incombustible and has good resistance to UV rays. Depending on the type of material, it may need more frequent cleaning. However, with proper maintenance, it can last for more than 50 years. This stone is also resistant to rot and termites.

One disadvantage of natural stone cladding is that it doesn’t have the thermal mass of a solid stone wall. While it can absorb heat, it can’t slow energy transfer the way insulation does. Stone walls can act as insulators, but in some climates, they can make a house feel like an oven. In this case, additional insulation may be required. For hotter climates, earth-sheltering may reduce heat transfer.

Stain-resistant

Slate and granite are both excellent choices for exterior cladding. These natural stones have been formed over millions of years and come in a range of colours and cuts. They are a great choice for exterior wall cladding because of their beauty and durability

Unaffected by freeze-thaw cycles

The installation process of slate stone cladding involves the placement of individual panels on a truss or metal frame. The supporting frame is constructed of miscellaneous steel and must coordinate with the building’s structure and other components. The stone and aluminium components used in this process offer a cost-effective way to clad high-rise buildings. The resulting combination of these materials is extremely attractive and durable.

Slate is made up of a variety of minerals and is considered a fine-grained metamorphic rock. It is formed under pressure from the earth’s core and seabed and has a distinct appearance. The natural stone will resist the freeze-thaw cycles and will not absorb stains. Slate stone cladding is also versatile, offering great beauty and acoustics for any interior design scheme. There are no man-made replacements for natural slate, and it is one of the few types of stone that are unaffected by freeze-thaw cycles.

Cost-effective

If you are looking for a way to spruce up the exterior of your block-work walls without spending a fortune, cost-effective slate stone cladding may be the answer. The material is available in several styles and colours and may require wall anchors.

Easy to clean

Slate stone cladding is one of the easiest types of masonry to clean. In fact, it’s so easy that you can easily remove dirt and stains without tearing off the stone. Where the slate is stained, try cleaning the stained area with a 50-50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Test this solution on an inconspicuous area first. Once the solution dries, use a sponge to wipe the stained area clean. If the stain is persistent, use a solution of peroxide and baking soda. If the solution is too strong, you can apply a soft towel. If the solution doesn’t work, you can apply it again using a damp towel.

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