Cladding or more specifically, stone cladding is an external layer of stone which is used to create a desired feature either indoors or outdoors while also providing protection against the elements. It also works extremely well in warmer seasons as it does not trap heat built up in the home. It is also a very versatile product that can be applied to almost any surface and can be installed in new constructions or renovations. Specific applications include pool features, waterfalls, fireplaces, chimneys, kitchens, pillars, external feature walls and interior feature walls. Currently, there is a rapidly growing trend in the use of this style of cladding to add value and enhance the appearance of homes.
Originally, stone cladding was mainly used indoors for feature walls or pillars that offered a distinction from the rest of the home. Now, stone cladding is used throughout the home and has also found a place for itself outside the home. This rapid adoption has been the result of an increasing number of benefits found with this product. When used in or around fireplaces, it offers many benefits that don’t stop at the added appeal. Stone is not vulnerable to excessive temperatures and can be applied to almost any surface including old brick work. It also provides a distinct advantage when applied to other applications such as water features or pools. Not only is it remarkably durable but it also makes for a maintenance free solution when installed in or around pool areas. This stone is often available in an extensive range of colours and styles to suit any home or outdoor living area.
Due to the versatility of stone cladding, it makes for a great DIY solution or it can be professionally fitted. The more common stones used in this type of cladding include sandstone, slate, marble, granite and limestone which allow home owners to bring the beauty of nature into their own homes. However, artificial stone cladding is another product that has begun to trend as it provides all the benefits of natural stone walls with the added benefit of being more lightweight and easier to install. As a result, artificial stone cladding can often reduce costs as this type of cladding does not require structural footings and wall ties, also making for quicker installation.
When deciding whether to use stone cladding in or on your home or business it is important to consider which option is the most suitable for your needs. It is also important to consider the climate in which your home or business is located and if in a cooler climate, you may want to consider fitting insulation in addition to stone cladding in order to retain heat in the cooler seasons.