If you want to add sophistication to a retaining or feature wall, natural stone wall cladding is definitely an ideal choice.
Though at Armstone we have a wide selection of stacked stone and stone cladding panels, here you will be able to view our best loose stone wall cladding pieces.
Organic loose stone cladding pieces are versatile and durable with a rugged and stylish look that adds texture and depth to otherwise flat and uninteresting walls. These stones are commonly used to liven up feature walls, retaining walls and facades. Stone wall cladding also adds character to fireplaces and can really spruce up outdoor barbecue areas and water features.
As you can see, stone wall cladding can be used both indoors and outdoors to create a rustic, organic look. The individual wall cladding stones stocked at Armstone have been sawn flat for easy installation. This means you can glue the stones straight onto the existing wall, without fussing around fixing the stone to make it ready for installation.
When installing the stones, you can either opt for an ‘organic’ or ‘ashlar’ finish. The organic arrangement looks as though you are using real stones of different shapes and sizes to assemble the wall with no particular rhyme or reason. This is often referred to as a ‘crazy’ pattern. If your home has a more modern aesthetic, you may prefer the ‘ashlar’ pattern, which presents a more geometric design. Ashlar stone walling is famous throughout Europe and Australia for its raw structured form and striking appearance.
You can install either of these options in a ‘dry stack’ format, where no grouting is required, or alternatively, you can add cement to give the design that finishing touch. If you are opting for a more close-to-life look, we suggest using the ‘dry stack’ option. This makes your wall look as though it was built stone by stone. Either way, we strongly recommend protecting the stones by sealing the wall cladding, after you’ve completed the installation.
Whether you love crazy patterns, ashlar, dry stack or grouted, you will be able to find a variety of loose wall cladding stones at Armstone. We stock premium wall cladding in a range of textures, shapes, sizes and colours. We also have a variety of finishes available. These include matching corner and capping pieces which help you easily install the cladding around the corners of the wall.
The stones themselves are available in a wide assortment of natural materials including sandstone, quartz, granite and limestone. The traditional rectangular shaped stone cladding stones are mainly made from sandstone. We also stock Mica and Nostra stone.
If you need any guidance with choosing the right stone wall cladding pieces for your property and landscape designs, our team of experts would love to help. Explore our collection on this page or visit our showroom in Glebe to see the designs in a live setting.
If you would rather speak to someone online or over the phone, feel free to reach us here at 1300 560 560. Our passionateand experienced team of landscaping professionals can help you select the ideal stone cladding for your upcoming project.
Why stone cladding?
Stone wall cladding is an exceptional way of protecting both exterior and interior walls. Available in a wide range of colours, textures, shapes and formats, natural stone cladding adds monumental beauty wherever it is installed.
Some other advantages of stone cladding is that it’s waterproof, fireproof, extremely durable in all weather conditions, and provides a high level of insulation. It is also much easier to maintain than full natural stones and only requires regular cleaning to keep it in its originally installed, tip-top condition.
Can you paint stone cladding?
Stone cladding is naturally beautiful and doesn’t really need to be painted. However, if you really want to change (or highlight) it’s colour, it is very easy to paint. Natural stones don’t require much preparation. In fact, you can prepare them in three simple steps: first, clean them with soap and water or a non-acidic cleaning solution; second, use an acrylic latex primer to set the stage; and finally, to prevent the paint from soaking into the naturally porous stone, use a spray bottle to lightly mist the stone’s surface.
Alternatively, you can use masonry paint, which bonds with stone and forms a natural weatherproof layer. Once you’ve prepared the stone and allowed the paint to dry, coat it with sealant paint for more protection. This will add up to 25 years to the lifetime of your stone cladding!
How much does the stone cladding cost?
The cost of installing stone cladding in Sydney depends on the type of cladding you choose to use. On average, the cost varies anywhere between $110 and $310 per square meter, which translates to about $20,000 – $35,000 for the average sized home. This cost, including installation, can go up to the hundreds of thousands for a three-storey house or anything larger.
How to clean the stone wall cladding?
Stone wall cladding should be cleaned very gently with mild, non-acidic soap or detergents. Use a stiff plastic brush to remove dirt from the stone surface. We strongly recommend avoiding pressure cleaning, wire brushes, acidic detergents, and sandblasting, as all of these will damage the stone.