Can Stone Slips be Used Externally? Exploring the Pros and Cons

Can Stone Slips be Used Externally? Exploring the Pros and Cons

Can Stone Slips be Used Externally? Exploring the Pros and Cons

When it comes to enhancing the exterior of a building, stone cladding is a popular choice due to its timeless elegance and durability. Stone Cladding is also referred to and especially with our products as stone slips. In this blog, we will explore whether stone slips can be used externally and weigh the pros and cons of this choice.


What are Stone Slips?

Stone slips, also known as thin stone veneers or stone cladding, are thin slices of pre-cast stone that resemble traditional stone cladding, but at a fraction of the thickness, cost and weight. They offer the same aesthetic appeal of natural stone without the bulk and weight and last longer. This makes them an interesting option for exterior wall applications, but certain considerations need to be taken into account.

Pros of Using Stone Slips Externally:


  1. Lightweight: Stone slips are significantly lighter than traditional stone cladding, making them easier to handle and install. This can lead to potential cost savings during installation. in addition when working above 6 meters installing real stone requires a lot of prep work including tracking systems etc.

  2. Versatility: Stone slips come in various colors, shapes, and textures, offering a wide range of design options. They can be used to achieve both contemporary and rustic looks, blending seamlessly with existing architectural styles.

  3. Cost-effective: Stone slips are generally more cost-effective than full-thickness stone. They require less material and labor during installation, making them a budget-friendly alternative for external applications.

  4. Time-saving: Due to their lightweight and ease of installation, stone slips can be applied more quickly than traditional stone cladding. This can significantly reduce project timelines without compromising on aesthetics.


Things To Consider When Using Stone Slips Externally:


  1. Durability: While stone slips are durable, they do need sealing, however buying stone slips from us, they are pre-sealed in the factory which means unlike natural stone they wont harbour alge and moss.. Factors such as weather exposure and building movement can affect the lifespan of stone so to avoid this our pre-cast stone slips are perfect.

  2. Limited Insulation: Stone slips offer great insulation properties compared to thicker stone cladding. Normal stone is very porous whereas our stone slips are the opposite. If energy efficiency is a priority, additional insulation measures may need to be considered.

  3. Proper Installation: It is crucial to ensure that stone slips are installed correctly to prevent water infiltration and potential damage. Proper sealing and pointing needs to be put in place to maintain the longevity of the installation.

Stone slips can be a viable option for external applications, offering a lightweight and cost-effective alternative to traditional stone. Their versatility and ease of installation make them a popular choice for those seeking an aesthetic upgrade for their buildings. However, proper installation techniques and ongoing maintenance are imperative to maximize their lifespan and ensure durability. Consider consulting with professionals experienced in stone slip installations to determine the best course of action for your specific project.

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