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Stone Cladding and its Types Used in Interiors

Stone Cladding

Most common types of stone used for cladding are granite, marble, slate, limestone, bluestone

PROS

  • Strength, durability and aesthetic appeal
  • Environment-friendly
  • Appearance: add visual impact, interest and visual retreat
  • Durable: lasts for a long time
  • Resistant to high temperatures

Type of Stones

Most common types of stone used for cladding are granite, marble, slate, limestone, bluestone

Some of the other types are quartz, Silestone, etc.

Marble

Marble is a metamorphic rock containing high amounts of quartz and crystal

Biodegradable and eco-friendly

Suitable for both interiors and exteriors

Add a touch of beauty to both interiors and exteriors

Granite

Granite is an igneous rock formed from volcanic activity, consists mainly of quartz, mica and felspar

Hardest material with dense grain and highly durable

Extremely popular material for both interior and exterior cladding systems

Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock mainly composed of calcium carbonate

Naturally aesthetic

It can be carved and shaped easily.

Slate

Slate is a type of metamorphic rock that is created by alteration of shale or mudstone by low-grade regional metamorphism

Mainly composed of quartz and muscovite

Unique appearance and highly durable

Bluestone

Bluestone is a commercially used name for various types of stones.

It includes at least twenty types of stone with a blue tint

Aesthetics

Style/Look like:

Brick Effect

Brick effect wall panels create stripped back, bare brick wall look

Tile Effect

Tile effect wall panels create smooth finish tile wall look

Subway

Pebbles or Rocks

Format:

  • Tiles
  • Slabs
  • Panels

Texture and Finish:

  • ANTIQUED (Weathered aged finish)
  • FLAMED FINISH (Deeply textured finish)
  • HONED (Satin smooth consistent finish)
  • SANDBLASTED (Finely textured surface)
  • SPLIT FACE (Natural quarry texture)
  • LEATHER FINISH (Smooth and slip resistant)
  • POLISHED (High gloss mirror-like surface)

Pattern:

  • Interlocking
  • Geometric
  • Honeycomb

Thickness:

When stone is used in interior spaces it is used as a veneer and comes in thickness 1″ to 4″

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer can be made from natural stone as well as manufactured stone

Natural Stone Veneer

Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is quarried and collected. The stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for its use as a veneer

PROS

  • Highly durable
  • Colourfast
  • Highly resale value

CONS

  • Heavy and difficult to install
  • Difficult to cut

Manufactured Stone Veneer

Manufactured stone veneer is fabricated by pouring a lightweight concrete mix into rubber forms and painted with a coloring process which makes it resemble real stone. The stone veneer produced is then attached to walls with special mortars

PROS

  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Available in various attractive colours, styles, textures.
  • Since its thinner and lightweight, it is affordable than natural stone

CONS

  • Color might fade
  • Brittle and likely to break

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