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The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Wall covering materials come in all sorts of forms, such as concrete for the recently popular industrial look, paint for its vibrant or classic colours, wallpaper, ceramics, tiles, and natural stone. Although paint is a particularly common choice for a wall covering material, natural stone is becoming increasingly more popular due to its excellent qualities. So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of applying natural stone as a wall covering material? Let's take a look. 


The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

There are many types of stone usually applied to exterior settings, one of them being andesite well known for its superiority in terms of protection against tropical weather. Andesite is mould and mildew free, making it advantageous for homeowners as they wouldn't have to be frequently applying additional coating to the wall in order to prevent mould and mildew. 


Certain types of natural stone are suitable for an area that gets damp or wet often, yet types such as basalt absorb humidity easily which will most likely end up in moss growth. It is important to research and choose the right natural stone for the intended application in order to avoid unwanted moss and mould growth. 

A Fresh Ambience 

The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

If the intention is to create a natural and fresh ambience for an interior space granite, marble, or travertine walls are all good options for stone wall cladding.  This application may be suitable for a bathroom to give the impression of being close to nature. These materials can also be applied as a feature wall in a living room, or an accent element to the exterior of a home. 

Comes With a Higher Price Tag

The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

As these wall cladding are natural resources that are only available in specific geographical locations, they will have a higher cost than other, more easily accessible wall coverings. 

Hassle-Free Installation

The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Natural stones are usually cut into slabs. Currently, the edging of each slab is getting more precise, allowing easier installation and a more seamless look. Stones such as marble or granite are also available in larger slabs. Although they do come with a higher price tag, applying and maintaining these larger slabs is an easier process. 

Tend to be Heavy

As natural stones are solid material with uniform properties throughout, this property makes them heavier than other materials such as rules or timber which have more porosity. Due to the weight of the product, installing natural stones as wall cladding should be done with careful weight distribution.

Timeless Impression

The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Aside from the luxury and natural look and feel of stone wall cladding, this product also conveys timeless impression. It has been used since the Roman empire, still holding its elegant essence. Natural stones such as marble have uniform properties, so they can be polished many times and continue to look as though they are brand new. 

Madeleine Thompson
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Coordinates the content curation and publishing on Archify and Archify Now, as well as the creation, research and development of online CPD presentations, educational materials, and Archhify Now material.
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