Stone cladding

The stone coverings

A coating in natural stone gives the rooms of the house value and style.
It is suitable for many situations, from the coating of showers and kitchens, to outdoor use.

The pose it’s easy and relatively fast and will allow you to save a great deal on labor costs but above all maintenance costs.

Facing stones: when to use them

Stone along with wood is one of the oldest materials used in construction.
This material combines its high availability with ahigh strength wear and is also an excellent insulating material.

These characteristics make it very suitable for external uses, but also for the coating of potentially humid environments such as kitchens e bathrooms.

I panels used for i stone cladding they have a thickness that varies from 2 to 5 cm, with one of the two smooth surfaces in order to allow a quick grip while they are being laid. This kind of solution will make the laying work much easier.

The stone has many advantages, such as therustic elegance and natural that it will give to the environments.

These can be both classic and modern, creating in the latter case an excellent contrast that will give warmth to the rooms. Furthermore, stone is an excellent insulator and above all, it is a material eco friendly. In any case the stone cladding since the times of Greeks and Romans is considered a real one status symbol.

Rationalist building located in Rome on the Flaminio Lungotevere covered in stone.
In the following years up to the present day, this material has been used in the most disparate architectural styles, fromart dèco al rationalism.

Stone cladding: the advantages

This material, as already mentioned, has many advantages. The first is that being very resistant, unlike normal plasters, it will need a lot less maintenance thus reducing the maintenance costs of the building.

They then adapt to any kind of architectural solution, whether modern or classic.

They have a’very high resistance molds and insects even if you have to pay attention to the cavities where mosses or lichens could form.

In addition to thermal insulation, which will keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it also offers excellent soundproofing.

Stone cladding in a modern setting
Finally, especially as regards the panels, with a minimum of manual skills they can easily be assembled even in DIY.

However, with the help of an expert, the work will be much more precise and faster.

Stone for facing: the materials

Describing every single material used for the coatings would be impossible in a single article. Essentially, however, the materials used must have certain characteristics to be suitable.

Especially the stone coverings for external they will have to resist jump in temperature (day / night and winter / summer). It is also right to choose materials that do not tend to change color when exposed to the sun’s rays and also resistant to avoid accidental falls or breakages.

The rocks must also be resistant to acidic and not very porous substances and, obviously, resist humidity very well.

As for the stone cladding for interior, there will be less strict rules.

I materials most used for stone coverings for external I’m:

  • yellow sandstone;
  • slate;
  • pietra serena;
  • red porphyry;
  • granite;
  • gneiss.

For coating in stone for interiors, in addition to the same stones listed above, we find:

  • marble;
  • ornamental breccias;
  • onice;

An ornamental breccia cladding
The pose styles that you use are essentially a couple.

They can be cladding with regular square or rectangular plates or irregularly shaped sketches to simulate a stone wall.

Fixing system for stone cladding

To cover a surface with stone there are two methods: with metal pins gluing the stones.

The first, with metal pins, it is mainly used for outdoors.
These can also be left exposed becoming ornamental objects of the structure.
The second method, the most used for interiors, is instead that of glue the stones with mortar or glue, such as those used for laying tiles.

There is also a third method of construction namely the construction of ventilated facades. In this case the stone cladding will turn out detached from the masonry.

Natural stone cladding in Slate by Italpietra
This will create a ventilated space which will further help improve the thermal insulation of the entire structure.

Leroy Merlin stone cladding

The French giant Leroy Merlin operating in the bricolage and do-it-yourself sector, it has a very wide choice as regards the stone cladding.
Zurich stone cladding by Leroy merlinPrices range from 30 euro ai 100 euro per sqm.
Of course, a little expensive compared to materials such as porcelain stoneware but, as mentioned, with stone you will reduce maintenance costs, so it is better to invest now to save in the future.

Furthermore, stoneware will imitate the original material very well, but it will still be a substitute.

Winter Frost stone cladding by Leroy Merlin
Some examples are the decorative coating Zurich, for a decidedly rustic setting, or a modern covering Winter Frost both indicated for both external and internal use.

The material is relatively light and easy to install, with the possibility of doing so without the need for joints or grouting.

In the video you can see how it is not very difficult place this type of product, even if it must be said, a minimum of manual skills and experience are needed.
These are among the cheapest solutions on the market but it certainly does not mean that the materials will be of low quality.

Italpietra: coverings for the home

Another very established reality with a wide choice of products is the company Italpietra. Interesting for external solutions the Vicentina model, composed of a set of irregular shapes.

Quartz collection by Italpietra
The firm offers a choice between 4 shades different, which can also be combined with each other. With the Quartz collectionInstead, you can really indulge yourself in making the interiors of an apartment unique with even decidedly daring solutions.

Vicentina Collection by Italpietra
The peculiarity of this collection of coverings are the 6 metallic colors with which a designer can really indulge in creating unique lines and plays of colors.

This is a classic example of how, even with a classic material such as stone, it is possible to create environments projected into the future.

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