Give Your Home a New Look with Stone Wall Cladding
Wall cladding is a simple way to improve your home’s aesthetic appeal, fire and weather resistance and ultimately its market value. In this guide, we look at the types of cladding available, their particular features and benefits and take a closer look at one of the most popular home decorating choices ⎼ cladding your walls with beautiful natural stone.
What is wall cladding?
Cladding is a thin layer of non-loadbearing material attached to the outside of a home to protect it from the weather and improve its aesthetic appeal and it is normally applied in horizontal or vertical boards, sheets or organic shaped piece of stone.
Depending on the material used, its main roles are to prevent the ingress of water, provide a barrier to fire, assist with thermal insulation and improve a home’s street appeal and overall appearance. It is normally attached to the wall via the building’s frame or to a layer of battens that prevent condensation and allow water vapour to escape.
Types of cladding
Cladding can be made from a number of different materials, each with its own unique properties including:
- Natural stone – whether you desire a dry stack, grouted look, crazy walling or ashlar pattern, Armstone specialises in natural stone stacked wall panels or cladding. Armstone has premium stone available in a range of colours and textures available for modern homes and architecture. Natural stone gives a timeless and natural feel that is equally striking outside and inside.
- Timber weatherboards – vertically or horizontally laid, these look attractive, but tend to weather easily, can be prone to leaks (vertical more than horizontal), generally have poor fire resistance and require ongoing maintenance due to the potential for shrinkage, swelling, cracking and rotting.
- Reconstituted timber – this is made from recycled forestry waste and is among the more sustainable cladding options.
- Fibre cement – this is highly sustainable, durable and dimensionally stable, has good waterproofing properties (depending on thickness and finish) and high fire resistance, but does require some maintenance such as repainting to maintain waterproofness. It is less attractive than options like natural stone.
- Brick – this is a commonly used cladding system for a number of reasons including high durability, high fire resistance and low maintenance (if not painted or rendered). It does however have waterproofing problems which require special installation to overcome.
- Steel – despite having zero insulation properties, steel is otherwise thumbs-up, being extremely durable and long lasting, highly waterproof and fire resistant and very low maintenance (rarely requires painting). While it can be prone to rust over time, new varieties are now being trialled which produce a thick rust coating that prevents further corrosion.
- Vinyl – while not environmentally friendly and something of a fire risk due to the toxins it can release when burnt, this predominantly PVC cladding is popular due to its high durability and wide range of available colours, textures, profiles and low or no maintenance finishes.
Why choose natural stone cladding
One form of wall cladding that ticks all the boxes and has aesthetic appeal that surpasses all other materials is natural stone cladding. This type of cladding is extremely durable and fire resistant, has minimal condensation issues, great thermal properties in summer (heats up more slowly than other materials) and best of all, offers all the beauty of natural stone at a highly affordable price.
Used as an exterior, stone cladding makes your home appear ageless regardless of architectural style and when employed as walls in courtyards or interiors, it has the power to transform neutral spaces into beautiful features.
Stone wall cladding is normally made from naturally occurring stones that can be installed to an existing wall for an organic look. Matching corner and capping pieces provide the finishing touches to the pattern, which can be similar to a mosaic.
Stone cladding can be employed to have a great affect in the following areas of your home:
- Home exteriors – it can give a bland house frontage a contemporary look and a different appearance depending on the type of stone used (i.e. sandstone provides a warm, welcoming façade, while grey cut stone gives a sophisticated look to a home).
- Interior walls –a stone clad feature wall in a study or conservatory can lend a sophisticated air to the space and stone cladding in an entrance hall suggests the feeling of exterior spaces beyond without being exposed to the elements.
- Fireplaces – it is ideal for areas around fireplaces and barbeques, where it can provide raw texture and depth and a primal appeal to what would otherwise be flat and uninteresting walls.
- Garden walls – it can serve as a landscape feature in its own right or as a natural backdrop to a garden or water feature. It is also appealing when used in lower retaining walls around gardens or sloping ground.
- Floors – it is ideal for a rustic look to kitchen floors or narrow hallways which would otherwise feel crowded (using larger tiles or flagstones helps to create a feeling of space). Its durability and easy cleaning properties also make it ideal for high traffic areas.
See what’s possible with stone cladding
If the beauty and texture of stone appeals to you more than most forms of cladding, you owe it to yourself to see what’s possible with natural stone wall cladding from Armstone.
We stock an exciting range of premium wall cladding featuring natural materials including sandstone, quartz, granite and limestone.
Our loose wall cladding comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, colours and finishes, with some designed to be glued to the wall as dry stack and others used in a random Ashlar pattern, popular for its raw structure and striking appearance.
So feel free to contact us about setting your ideas in stone with Armstone, the natural stone cladding specialists.
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