Cladding walls with natural stone will help transform them from ordinary elements of your interior or exterior into beautiful decorations carrying the charm of the natural stone.
Stones from Valmarg Stone for wall cladding
Take advantage of the beautiful natural stone from Ivaylovgrad offered by Valmarg Stone. Choose polygonal slates with natural forms which will help you create a more natural and traditional look to your wall cladding. Our cut stone is an easier option because the equal shapes will allow for faster and easier arranging and cladding of the stones on your wall. Our cheapest wall cladding solution is to use our gneiss stone cuttings as a material which will create an impression of having stone walls.
The cladding depends on the walls
If you are planning on cladding walls which are located outdoors, such as the outside walls of your house or walls in the garden, you need to keep in mind the fact that they will be exposed to the different weather conditions outside, so you need to make sure that you use a proper welding material to stick them to the wall securely.
If the walls are damp, it is recommended that you test the cladding with natural stone on a small area of the wall first and wait to see if it will hold before proceeding further.
Preparing the wall surface
Before you proceed with the cladding, make sure you prepare the surface of the wall properly. It needs to be straight and smooth. Also, it must be dry. If the wall has been painted, you have to remove the paint. If there are cracks in the wall, fill them with a cement mixture.
The adhesive layer
After you have made sure that the wall surface is clean, even and dry, apply the adhesive layer. Valmarg Stone recommends that you use an adhesive with strong initial strength, which can withhold the weight of the stones.
Apply the adhesive layer with the help of a distempering brush or a paint roller on the entire wall surface, as well as on each stone you will be attaching.
Leave joints in between the stones, so that the adhesive can be absorbed properly and so that you can apply more adhesive in the joints, if necessary.
How to place the stone slates or cuttings
Start from the bottom of the wall and work yourself up as you install the stones. Use a rubber hammer to set the slates or cuttings properly in place
The temperature is important
The best temperature to proceed with the cladding is 5-25 degrees Celsius, so that the adhesive can dry properly and ensure that the stones are safely attached to the wall.
The finishing works after the cladding
If any of the cuttings or slates is too protruded, you can cut that part off.
You need to apply impregnation on the cladding if it is on an exterior wall, in order to ensure protection from different weather conditions. You can use any of the impregnators offered on the market. By applying it you will create a permanent layer which will keep your stone cladding protected from rain and dampness. Plus, it will help point out the natural charm of the stones. You can impregnate the wall immediately after you are done with the cladding.
To ensure better strength of the natural stone wall cladding
Valmarg Stone recommends that you attach the stones to a concrete base which is strengthened with a fiberglass net, in order to ensure a stronger construction. Each cutting or slate must be attached in a way that allows for its base to be even, which will help make the cladding sturdier.