Wall Cladding

For the same reasons our slate is among the worlds best roofing slate materials, it is also excellent when used for wall cladding panels and masonry. Architects specify our materials for their natural beauty, performance characteristics, low maintenance, and durability. Our exterior slate wall panels have low absorption rates and are resistant to staining, freeze-thaw cycles or other extreme environmental conditions. And because we produce custom wall cladding panels and offer several finishes, architects also appreciate the flexibility our materials afford them in their designs.  We produce three distinct types of wall cladding:  Panels, Shingles and Sculpings (irregular slate bricks) / Split-Face Veneer.

Wall Cladding Projects

Specifications

Products

Panels – Panels are large pieces that are generally used in non-residential applications.

Shingles – Custom-fabricated slate shingles offer a textured appearance and represent an economical form of stone wall cladding.

Sculpings – Also known as irregular slate bricks, sculpings are used as a masonry stone.

Split-face Veneer – A heavily textured, cleft veneer that can have sawn edges or a “rubble” appearance.

Weathering Characteristics

Some materials are “unfading”, meaning they will hold their basic color even after many years of exterior use. Others are “weathering” or “semi-weathering”, meaning they will change color (usually to shades of brown) when used outside. A stone’s weathering characteristic is primarily an aesthetic consideration. “Weathering” in and of itself does not adversely affect the performance or durability of a stone. See stones below for weathering characteristics.

Finishes

Depends on stone selected. See stones below for available finishes.

Sizes

Custom sizes for panels and shingles depend on stone selected, finish, thickness, joint width and other factors. Slate sculping sizes are random, approximately 8 to 16″ long, 2 to 7″ high and 4 to 6″ deep. Split-face veneer is available in many sizes.

Thickness

Depends on use, stone selected, finish, piece size, setting method and other factors. Generally slate exterior panels are at least 1 1/4” thick. Shingles are usually 3/8” thick. Sculpings and split-face veneer are 4-6″ deep.

Edge Details

We fabricate many different edge details.

Joint Widths

Depends on stone selected, finish, piece size and other factors.

Cost Estimates

We are pleased to provide quotations based upon quantity surveys, sketches or architectural drawings.

Drafting

We are accustomed to working from architectural drawings and we are pleased to produce detailed shop drawings, sketches, templates and shop tickets.

Technical Support

We are pleased to assist with samples, test data, mock-ups, budget figures, site inspections, stone matching services, guide specifications, technical information, design suggestions and installer and installation recommendations.

Installation

Panels are generally mechanically anchored to a back-up wall. Shingles are generally installed with custom-fabricated slate hooks. Sculpings and split-face veneer are installed with mortar and ties. Contact us for specific sketch details, specifications, recommendations, etc.

Maintenance

Contact us for information regarding the use of sealers, impregnators, oiling, cleaning, etc.