What Is Stone Cladding

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Stone cladding is durable, attractive, and low maintenance. Here’s what you need to know about this stone alternative.

Stone cladding is also known as stacked stone or stone veneer. It can be made from actual stone or artificial, so-called engineered stone. It’s available in a wide variety of finishes that look like slate, brick, and many other stones.

It’s a fast and affordable way to get the look of stone on a wall without the cost or time of a masonry installation. Stone cladding has many advantages over other building materials and, in some cases, over masonry stone construction. • Lightness: Stone cladding is easier to carry and install than natural stone, and it places less pressure on the existing structure. It generally weighs considerably less than natural stone. • Insulation: Stone cladding is weather-resistant and protective.

It helps a building stay warm in winter and cool in summer.

Reinforcing the cladding with a steel or aluminum framework, called a honeycomb, makes it able to resist earthquakes and high winds. • Minimal maintenance: Like stone, stone cladding requires little upkeep to look good for many years. • Ease of installation: Lightweight cladding is easier to install than stone.

It doesn’t require the same heavy equipment that a masonry installation does. This doesn’t mean you can install it yourself, however. Hanging stone cladding requires experience and skill.

• Esthetics: Stone gives any building an elegant look. Cladding can look like quartz, granite, marble, or any natural stone. It also comes in a wide choice of colors. Because you can install it anywhere, stone cladding gives you endless ways to design with stone. Undercut anchors. This is the usual method for large installations. In an undercut anchor system, the installers drill holes into the back of the stone, insert a bolt and fix the cladding horizontally.

This is a good method for soffits and thicker panels. In this method, installers cut grooves at the top and bottom of the stone. The stone sites on a clasp at the bottom of the cladding panel with a second clasp at the top. This is a fast, easy installation method that is excellent for smaller installations and thinner panels.

Both installation methods use an open-joint design. To mimic the look of real stone, installers point the spaces between the joints with masonry grout. • Entry areas• Bathrooms• Kitchens• Sheds• Freestanding garages• Patios• Mailboxes. While stone cladding is excellent in many cases, it is not ideal for every installation. It also has some disadvantages that stone does not. • It’s not as durable as a masonry installation.• Some veneers allow moisture to seep into the joints.• It can crack under repeated freeze-and-thaw cycles.,• Unlike natural stone, it is not a sustainable building material.

If you’re interested in stone cladding or stone veneer, talk to Capital Masonry. We can help you decide whether natural stone or stone cladding is the right choice for your project.

As a leading masonry company, we have installed and repaired masonry work for hundreds of satisfied customers in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia areas. Call us today for all your masonry needs.

For over 35 years now, Stone Panels has been known for its innovative, lightweight stone technologies. The StoneLite® system allows for a complete transformation for any interior or exterior no matter how old or outdated the building is. The fact that our panels can be installed over current stone cladding also makes for a less expensive and easier installation process. Whether you are building a new home or renovating your old one, our natural stone cladding is perfect to create the home of your dreams. Stone cladding is a thin layer of stone that is used for the interior or exterior of a building, generally on top of a materiel that isn’t stone, such as concrete. Stone cladding is meant to reduce the weight of natural stone used for buildings as well as to save construction costs. Many types of natural stone may be used such as:. Due to the lightweight nature of StoneLite® panels, they are easy to install. Our system is meant to save time and money for years to come, meaning easy to install, low maintenance, durable stone veneers. For simple instructions on how our stone panels are installed or for specifications, you can visit our downloads page.

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Ease of Installation. Save on Building or Renovation Costs. A Variety of Beautiful Finishes and Types. If you are remodeling your home or building a new home and would like to inquire about using our stone cladding, contact our natural stone veneer experts today by calling us at 800-328-6275.

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Naturally occurring, stone has been a staple of building materials since the beginning of time. The major benefits of stone cladding are its strength, durability and aesthetic appeal.

With a myriad of possibilities that can enhance the look of any exterior or interior, having a sound understanding of stone cladding is paramount to ensuring proper usage within your project.

In order to gather the knowledge to elevate your next stone-clad project, Architizer spoke with Sander Nauenberg of Island Stone. A&T HOUSE by Ariasrecalde Taller de Arquitectura is clad in marble by MACAEL MARBLE. To achieve a safe and reliable fixing system for stone cladding, it is essential to fully consider the implications of the weight and properties of natural stone, early on in the design work.