Choose from three stone cladding installation methods
It goes without saying, that stone cladding is one of the most beautiful wall fixtures to bring into your home as it brings detail and character to any interior or exterior wall. Stone cladding comes in a multitude of stone options from honed and polished marble to chiselled or bush-hammered sandstone.
When considering stone cladding installation, using experts like Bernini Stone & Tile is essential when deciding which kind of stone cladding option would work best for you. Furthermore, using a professional contractor would go a long way in ensuring that the fixing of the stone cladding is done well and without fault. However, some homeowners do choose to do this part of the job themselves.
No matter what your fixing and installation choice, there are a few things to confirm before beginning;
- Will the cladding be used indoors or outdoors? (outdoor cladding will be more susceptible to temperature variations and other elements)
- What kind of structure, wall (or as the experts call it, substrate) will the cladding be going on to?
When it comes to fixing methods for stone cladding, most professional installers use one of three methods:
Direct adhesive method
As the name suggests, the direct adhesive method places the cladding directly onto the substrate on which it will remain using a specialised adhesive, cement or glue. It is often a less costly fixing method as well as there are no major factors that go into the fixing. However, the direct adhesive method is recommended for interior cladded walls only because the weather and varying temperatures experienced outside favour mechanical fixing.
Mechanical fixing method
This method entails physically fixing the stone cladding to the substrate or wall on which it will sit using anchors or fixtures. Of course, this does allow for more damage to occur should you not know what you are doing. This method works extremely well for permanently fixing large slabs of stone to a wall as the anchors can bear a large amount of weight. This is the best method to be used for outdoor stone cladding areas as the stone performs particularly well when there is a cavity behind and with dry joins as this allows the stone to breathe.
It’s always best to consult a professional who specialises in stone cladding fixing to determine which method is best for the need you have.