17 September 2020

Get to know the PROs and CONs before you install natural stone wall cladding

Installing natural stone wall cladding is becoming more and more popular in modern Australian homes. Yes, it is expensive… but is it worth it?
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There are a lot of materials that you can use to cover your walls. You can use paint, wallpaper, or tiles ⸺ these three are the most common options for homeowners. There are a lot more options, but lately, it is natural stone wall cladding that homeowners desire to have in their homes.

Continue reading if you are renovating or building a new home and you want to explore the possibilities of using natural stone wall cladding in your construction project. Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using this on your project.

It is weatherproof

There are many natural stone wall cladding for exterior applications, but the most practical choice is the Andesite stone.

Natural Stone Wall Cladding

The stone is weatherproof; it can survive hot summers and freezing winters. The stone cladding is low-maintenance and does not require a regular coating to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. These characteristics of Andesite stone wall cladding makes it perfect for exterior applications.

(Fun fact: Even the stone pavers at the Sydney Harbour Front are Andesite stone.)

Some stones are absorbent

Exterior cladding made from basalt easily absorbs humidity, making it suitable for damp and wet areas. If you live in humid or heavy rainfall areas, this would work for you. 

However, moss tends to grow quickly on basalt wall cladding after heavy rains. To avoid damage, clean and scrub the stone facade on a regular basis. Use warm water and dish detergent to remove the dirt and moss growing. Spraying a diluted bleach solution once a week and using commercial-strength surface cleaners also help prevent moss from growing on the house’s siding.

Stone cladding gives a fresh ambience

Marble, granite, and travertine are very popular for interior wall cladding applications. These luxurious natural stone wall cladding help homeowners create that natural and fresh ambience that everybody wants.

In this bathroom, the Earthy travertine floor tiles and wall cladding enhance the look and feel of the bathroom and makes the user feel closer to nature. 

Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Timeless impression

Apart from the Earthy luxurious feel, natural stone wall cladding gives your home a timeless interior design. 

For instance, marble is a building material that possesses a beauty that stands the test of time. Marble was used in building structures since the dawn of civilization and it hasn’t lost its luxurious value and elegance. 

Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

If you choose to install marble wall cladding in your home, you are investing in timeless luxury.

The only cons?

Some stone cladding comes with a higher price

Natural stone wall cladding is expensive. The ones made from marble and granite are expensive, depending on how rare it is and where the manufacturers source or quarry the stone. 

For instance, the price of Carrara marble is sky-high because it’s only mined in Carrara, Italy. 

Natural stone wall cladding is costly to install too, mainly because it is heavy and it requires a professional installation.

Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Once you shop for wall cladding, you’ll find that natural stones are cut into slabs. Larger slabs cover more surface area, making application easier. However, large and solid slabs are heavy. Due to its weight, you need the help of a professional to install the slab on the walls. The process needs to be done with careful weight distribution to avoid mishaps. 

Need someone to help you with your home project involving the use of natural stone?

Working with design and construction professionals who have a long list of experience in these types of projects would be a great help to you. 

When you tap Superdraft for your next project, we will tap the right building designer, interior designer, builder, and consultant for your project. If you’re ready to start your home project, book a FREE in-home consultation with us today.

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