Is Our Stone Cladding Real Stone?

Is Our Stone Cladding Real Stone?

Are Stone Slips Made from Real Stone?

Stone slips are becoming increasingly popular as a versatile and affordable option for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of both interior and exterior spaces. These thin pieces of stone are used to create a stylish and authentic stone finish. However, a common question that arises among homeowners and enthusiasts is whether our stone slips are made from real stone or if they are simply manufactured alternatives. In this blog, we will delve into the manufacturing process of stone slips and address this question with clarity.

Understanding Stone Slips:
To begin with, stone slips are manufactured. our manufacturing process involves creating moulds from reclaimed stone. These moulds are then filled with materials including cement, oxy and pumice to create a stone slip that is lighter, stronger and more resistant then natural stone.  They are designed to mimic the appearance and texture of genuine stone with remarkable accuracy. Stone slips offer an easy way to achieve an elegant and timeless stone effect without the cost and complications associated with full stone installations.

The Manufacturing Process:
The process of creating stone slips involves modern manufacturing techniques. Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Selection of natural stone: The production of stone slips starts with the careful selection of natural stone. Various types of stone such as slate, limestone, or quartzite are chosen based on the desired appearance and characteristics. this stone is then used to create our moulds for which our pre-cast stone slips are created from.

  2. Moulding and shaping: The moulding starts here by selecting 3 materials which are mixed together and then poured in the mould to create your stone slips. Depending on the colour choice will depend on the oxy used in the mix. Once mixed they are then put in a kiln dryer to harden. 

  3. Surface treatment: Stone slips often undergo additional treatments to enhance their durability and aesthetic appeal. For us we then apply a further dye coating depending on the blend before sealing this to lock the colours in and protect from water .This may include processes such as honing, brushing, or polishing to achieve the desired texture and finish.

  4. Installation: Stone slips are designed to be easy to install, typically using adhesive or mortar. They can be applied directly to a suitable substrate, such as walls, fireplaces, or even outdoor facades.

Are Stone Slips Made from Real Stone?

Now, coming back to the central question: No, stone slips are not made from real stone. They are derived from natural stone moulds and undergo careful processing to retain the authenticity and beauty of genuine stone. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques ensures that stone slips closely resemble the appearance of traditional stone, while also being lightweight and more practical to use.

Benefits of Stone Slips:

  1. Cost-effective: Stone slips offer an affordable alternative to full stone installations, making them a budget-friendly option for those looking to achieve a high-end stone finish.

  2. Versatility: Stone slips can be used in various indoor and outdoor applications, including walls, fireplaces, feature walls, and exterior cladding, allowing for diverse design possibilities.

  3. Lightweight: Unlike solid stone installations, stone slips are lighter in weight, making them easier to handle and install.

  4. Durability: Stone slips are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear, ensuring longevity and low maintenance.

Stone slips provide an excellent way to enhance the appearance of any space with the beauty of pre cast stone. Despite being manufactured, they are indeed made from pre cast materials and offer a cost-effective and versatile solution for achieving stunning stone finishes. Whether you're looking to transform your interior or exterior, stone slips are a reliable choice that combines practicality, aesthetics, and the timeless appeal of real stone.

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