There used to be a time that the only way to change the appearance of your house was to either paint it or rebuild it. Fortunately, the cladding industry has come a long way, offering homeowners tons of different options.
Wall cladding is used to improve the aesthetic appeal of a wall. The cladding is a non-loadbearing layer fixed to a wall that serves as a decorative covering and even though it does not support the structure it helps to protect the building from the effects of weather. Natural stone cladding can be used to enhance the exterior artistic elements or as interior decorating.
Stone cladding can be applied to concrete and/or steel parts of a building to enhance the original architectural design. The natural stone is weather resistant, fireproof and extremely durable. All though it does not add to the strength of a structure it does enhance the appearance of the wall it is applied to.
What are the different types of cladding stones?
The rock or stone that is used for cladding is a natural product and is mined from a quarry. Each natural cladding type has its own unique characteristics created by geological processes, defining its texture and colour.
Different type of cladding stone lends themselves to different uses based on their characteristics. It is important to choose the correct cladding type for your building project. Please contact one of our friendly cladding specialists to assist you.
Different type of stone cladding include: Slate, Sandstone and Quartzite. There are many more cladding stone products but the type of natural cladding usually consists of the natural rock in your area. ECO Paving & Cladding carries the Slate, Sandstone, and Quartzite cladding range. See the characteristics of each natural sone product below and find your ideal cladding stone now!
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock. The natural slate is a strong & durable product ideal for cladding giving you dramatic colours and textures. Slate cladding can be used for both exterior and interior walls. It also has a good weather resistance and a low water absorption rate. Different slate cladding products in our range include: African Blue Slate Rivens, Rich Autumn Slate Rivens, Slate Strip Walling
– African Blue Slate Riven’s
African Blue Slate Riven is an attractive, durable & low maintenance product. It is part of the current trend in South African cladding and has a beautiful cool, rich gray look to it with undertones of blue and black. The slate rivens also retains heat so if used around the fireplace it will keep your house warmer for longer in the winter. Most popular cladding use in estates & commercial offices.
– Rich Autumn Slate Riven’s
Bring the tones of nature into your house with rich autumn slate riven cladding. From soft grays and beiges to the warm golds and salmons it has a beautiful earthy, rustic look to it. The rich autumn slate riven can be used in patios, entries and hardscaping projects in and around the house. The rich autumn riven is a durable & low maintenance product and will enhancing any surface it is used on.
– Rich Autumn Slate Strip Walling
Slate strip walling has a fine & linear design and it retains its natural appearance once it’s cut. The rich autumn slate with rough texture gets packed on top of each other to create the desired effect. It is a very low maintenance product, commonly used on the exterior of the house and around the garden. But if you are after a rustic feeling or want to highlight focal points inside the house, strip walling is the way to go!
Sandstone cladding adds texture to any interior or exterior wall and brings it to life. The beauty of sandstone lies in its rich texture and earthy colours. Sandstone consists of compacted sand made up with quartz and feldspar. It is also resistant to weathering hence the reason it is used in construction and cladding. Different sandstone cladding products in our range include: Sandstone Loose Riven, Sandstone B3 & Sandstone Chunks
– Sandstone Loose Riven
Sandstone rivens are natural sandstone cut into thin strips. The thin riven strips give the effect of a sharp modern look that is rich in colour and texture. Sandstone rivens are ideal for interior feature walls. A True luxury feeling can be created with the correct lighting. To create the contrast you want, choose between the “Sandstone Loose Riven 60mm” and the “Sandstone Loose Riven 40mm“. Contact Us now for more information.
– Sandstone B3 Cladding
The sandstone B3 or also referred to as the Lesotho sandstone B3 is a chipped face random cladding product. It comes in various sizes (100×100, 200×100, 200×200, 300×200, 400×200) offering you amazing variety, allowing you to do custom profiles and random design. The Lesotho sandstone B3 cladding can be used on exterior and internal walls with low maintenance and no paint and sealant required.
– Sandstone Chunks
Sandstone chunk cladding is random pieces of different size sandstone tightly fitted together by skilled stonemasonry and can be used for interior and exterior cladding. Originally the sandstone chunks were used to build exterior walls and inspiration can still be drawn from the old “kraalmuur“. The sandstone chunks give a rustic feel and offers losts of advantages deu to its multiple features.
Quartzite is sandstone quartz that has been converted to solid quartz rock due to heating and pressure related to tectonic compression. Quartzite is often confused with quartz but it is a different type of stone quarried in a similar way as granite. With durable services and low maintenance, this
UV resistant, marble lookalike stone lends itself to be a great cladding material. Different quartzite cladding products in our range include: Quartzite strip walling and Quartzite building stone
– Quartzite Strip Walling
Quartzite Strip Walling is used to get an almost natural laired rock effect. The desired look is achieved by using different sized strips of Quartzite laired tightly on top of each other. This natural stone product can be used internally and externally creating amazing focal points. Quartzite strips are rich in colour and boasts different colour combinations of black, grey, green, pink and red.
– Quartzite Building Stone
Quartzite Building Stone is commonly used in landscaping and garden wall decoration but can also be used indoors. This natural stone creates a feeling of quality and beauty on any service it is used on. The quartzite used to get the desired look consists of different sized rock slabs that have been split faced and stacked tightly together encasing the brick wall it is attached to. The rich blend colours give it a distinct look from all other natural building stone.
What are the benefits of natural stone wall cladding?
Turn an ordinary space into something extraordinary by using stone wall cladding and create a visual impact for any interior or exterior space. The material used for cladding is durable and more cost-effective if compared to traditional stone pieces. Here we take a look at the benefits of building a sustainable home by using green products like natural stone.
Cladding will transform the look and feel of your garden and give any wall it is applied to a natural look. If you want to create a classy finish that will instantly impress your friends or potential buyers, natural cladding is the way to go! Cladding will also enhance the natural look of the garden and make it more attractive. Use cladding and a stone pathway combination to make your garden look more appealing.
– Easy to maintain
Natural cladding requires very little or almost none maintenance. You do not need to pain or seal the cladding. If correctly applied the layer of cladding will be weather tight and act as a very good heat insulator preventing any heat loss and/or gain.
– Robust & Durable
Natural cladding is very durable and is more resistant to chipping and breaking than concrete cladding products. It is also one of the few products that improve over time and can also withstand harsh weathering plus it is fire resistant!
Natural cladding stone is very versatile and can be used in a variety of different applications. The cladding stone can be shaped to fit any surface and looks great above the fireplace, in the bedroom, and around the pool. The natural characteristics of natural stone make it possible to add a visual focal point for any interior and exterior space.
Sill don’t know what you which way to go with natural stone cladding?
If you are stuck on what will work best for your project please do not hesitate to contact us. Get one of our cladding & paving consultants to make a few suggestions and let Eco Paving help you to transform your inner spaces to something extraordinary! Request a call back on the right and one of our consultants will be in contact with you!