Norstone XL Rock Panels adhere to the following characteristics:. Norstone XL Rock Panels are made from 100% natural stone and create a 3 dimensional thin stone veneer look.
The Ochre Blend is a Quartzite based sedimentary stone.The Charcoal is a pure Quartz.The Aztec is a quartzite based sand stone. With an amazing blend of large format stones and traditional color blends, XL Rock Panels are a perfect fit for exterior thin stone veneer installation, or anywhere a larger format thin stone panel system is needed.
With a bigger and bolder look than the standard series Rock Panels, XL Rock Panel maintain the clean and simple lines, Norstone products are known for and can transform the ordinary into extraordinary.
Norstone Rock Panels are ideal for:. Interior or Exterior projects that would benefit from the larger size stones in the XL Rock Panel. Aztec, being a unique quartzite based sand stone should only be used in exterior applications in non freeze thaw climates.Residential Applications, including feature walls, facades, fireplaces, chimneys, feature and retaining walls.Commercial Applications, including office, retail, signage, restaurant / bar, hotels, casinos, hospitality and medical builds outs.
For more detailed installation instructions, please visit our installation guide.
One of the most compelling reasons for choosing a thin stone panel system is the ease with which the product is installed.
The panel system provides for rapid installation over prepared cementitious surfaces, such as cement board, brick / block, or a traditional lathe and scratch coat with a polymer modified tile thinset.
Thin stone veneer is ideally cut on a tile wet saw and our XL Rock Panels have staggered edge profile, allowing the installer to interlock adjoining panels together, thus eliminating the need to grout or point mortar between individual pieces or units.
Whether part of a large scale commercial application, or a small residential project, all levels of installers will find the XL Rock Panel quick and easy to install and a pleasure to work with.
A natural stone sealer can be applied depending on the characteristics of the application or to achieve a desired look or finish.
Note that acid should not be used to clean Norstone products, for instructions on how to maintain or clean our products, please contact your local representative or refer to our installation guide.
Norstone's Thin Stone XL Rock Panel Range is available nationwide.Wherever you might be located, Norstone can be purchased either manufacturer-direct from our offices or via a trained distributor in your local area.
Norstone products are consistently kept In Stock either in distributor warehouses around the country or in one of our national distribution hubs.
This means shorter lead-times for most projects.To be connected to a distributor or for help with your project directly, we encourage you to give us a call.
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Thin stone wall systems used for exterior building envelopes typically consist of stone panels ranging in thickness from 3/4 inches to 2 inches.
Most panels are fabricated from granite, while marble; limestone, travertine, and sandstone are also used to a lesser extent.
A common panel thickness is 1-3/16 inch (3 cm).
Overall panel dimensions can vary significantly for different buildings, depending on the strength of the stone used and architectural affect desired.
However, maximum panel dimensions are usually approximately 3 to 4 feet and usually not more than approximately 6 feet.
Typically each panel is independently supported to the building structure or back up system using an assemblage of metal components and anchors.
Joints at the perimeter of each panel are usually 3/8 inch in width and are filled with sealant.
A drainage cavity is typically located behind the stone panels to collect and divert to the exterior water that penetrates through the joints.
For certain applications, such as at building entrances and near grade level installations of limited extent, the stone system may not incorporate a drainage cavity but instead be a barrier system.
In this type of system, the stone is applied directly against and attached to solid masonry backup such as concrete masonry units (CMU) or concrete.
In these localized applications, several panels may be stacked.
Granite is the most commonly used stone type in thin stone wall systems.
The commercial classification of granite usually refers to a stone that includes any visibly granular igneous rock consisting of mostly feldspar and quartz minerals.
This commercial term encompasses a wide variety of geologic stone types rather than only the limited number that fall under the geologic classification of granite.
Geologically, marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from the recrystallization of limestone.
While less commonly used in this type of application today, marble is also sometimes used in thin stone wall systems.
Commercially, the term marble refers to many rocks with a wide variety of geologic classifications.
These can be true marbles of calcite and dolomite, as well as dense limestones which will polish, serpentine rocks, and travertine.
Sedimentary rocks such as limestone and sandstone can also be used in thin stone wall systems.
However, panels fabricated from these stone types are usually not less than 2 inches in thickness because of the lesser strengths of these stones relative to granite and marble.
Commercially, limestone refers to rocks that are both limestone and dolomite.
Sandstone belongs to the commercial "quartz-based" group which includes stones with high quartz and silica contents.
There are two primary types of stone installation.
The first is the "hand-set" method, in which each stone is individually attached to the building's primary structural frame or onto a secondary wall framing system.
The second is the panelized installation method, in which the stone panel or multiple panels are preinstalled onto a frame or attached to a precast concrete panel.
The frames or panels are transported to the building, where the entire assembly is attached to the building's structural frame or secondary structural members or framing system.
In either installation system, anchors must be used to attach and support the stone panels to the building's primary or secondary framing system, or to the panelized system frame or element.
Anchors that are in direct contact with stone are usually constructed of non-corroding metals such as Type 304 stainless steel or aluminum.
There are numerous types and styles of anchors used to support and anchor individual stone panels.
Commonly used anchor types include:.
Kerf supported stone with stainless steel or aluminum angles.
Side supports, dowels, straps, and disks.
Undercut anchor. Embedded Adhesive Pin Anchor.
Precast Systems. Steel Truss Systems.
In most applications, joints and joint treatments in thin stone wall systems will include one or more of the following:.
Depending upon the overall design of the wall assembly and manner in which the stone is set, the appropriate use of these materials will vary from project to project.