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Stone Cladding Styles
When searching for natural stone cladding they fall under many search phrases and cut styles. Terms to consider when doing your research are: Natural stone wall cladding, stone cladding, stone walling, stone veneer and stone facades. This can confuse somewhat however generally they are all the same thing. A thin rock face with a sawn back to adhere to the substrate.
One consideration is the lay style, whether you install it with a grout line or tight lay it. Grout lines can range from 5mm to 15mm wide, whether they are raked out or washed out to give you a vintage look.
Tight laying is to lay the stone with the appearance of stacked stone with no grout line visible. Both styles have a considerable effect on the overall appearance and should be discussed with you stone mason before laying the stone cladding.
You also need to consider the cut style of the stone. Below is a guide of the most popular stone veneer cut styles.
Natural Stone Wall Cladding Specifier Guide
Random Cut as the name suggests is a stone cladding that is supplied in organic random shapes where no side or two pieces are the same. This free from style can be laid using a mortar join or tight laid.
Random Ashlar Pattern is a partially dressed stone cladding, which means individual stone pieces have been cut straight at the top and bottom with random sides, giving a layered effect with no structure.
Ashlar Pattern is a full dressed stone, which means individual stone pieces have been cut and worked until squared or rectangle, which typically has a smooth stone facade and tight laid having no mortar join.
Ledge Cut is a fully dressed stone, which means individual stone pieces have been cut and worked into elongated rectangle shapes, which has a split facade which is typically tight laid to give a dry stacked appearance having no mortar join.
Traditional format is full worked stone cladding that is cut straight all 4 sides. Generally it is cut with random lengths and uniform heights to give the appearance of a random laid brick bond. Typically tight laid.
Z Panel is an interlocking panelised cladding that includes stone that is Ledge Cut which means individual stone pieces have been cut and worked into elongated rectangle shapes which tight laid to give a dry stacked appearance.
When supplying products that have irregular random shapes such as stone wall cladding and crazy paving there is a disparity between what is supplied and what is installed.
When purchasing irregular shaped product it is sold as a covered metre, which means enough product to cover ONE (1) metre. See picture below. Highland Fires has no other way of supplying these types of product and we do not know how the product is ultimately going to be laid.
Generally, we specify that between 15 to 20% wastage on top of your raw measurement will cover the gaps in the covered metre and the wastage that occurs during installation, such as cuts around windows, doors and posts etc.
As an example if you ordered 10 mtrs (covered) of stone wall cladding then it is advisable to order an extra 2 mtrs (20%) to cover wastage and gapping. This of course is not an exact science, sometimes you will need more than 20% or less than 20%. It depends on the style of lay, the area being laid and the stonemason’s style.