Building a new home or renovating your existing home can be a very fun and rewarding process, especially if it’s the first time you’ve done it. However, it can also be hard. According to Limestone Blocks Perth and Stone Cladding supplier, Meteor Stone, choosing the right building materials and design can be stressful and time-consuming, and many people end up with a home that they’re not completely happy with because of this.
One of the most popular and versatile building materials is stone cladding. It can be used on a range of internal or external surfaces, and it provides a very tough, durable and stylish finish.
There are two main styles of stone cladding – smooth and rough. These styles also come in a range of different textures, patterns and colours, but pretty much all stone cladding can be defined by whether it’s smooth or rough. Choosing the right style for your home or verandah can be hard, which is why I’ve put together the following short list of pros and cons for both smooth and rough stone cladding.
Rough Stone Cladding
In general, rough stone cladding is used in outdoors areas. Rough cut stone is designed to look somewhat natural, without artificially smooth surfaces.
Pros of rough stone cladding:
- Rough stone cladding looks natural, making it great for gardens and outdoor areas.
- Rough cladding is weather resistant.
- A lot of people prefer the appearance of rough cut stone.
Cons of rough stone cladding:
- Rough cladding is harder to clean.
- Rough stone cladding can accumulate dirt and dust, especially outdoors.
- Rough cut stone can cause abrasions and injuries if you bump against it.
Smooth Stone Cladding
Smooth stone cladding is usually cut and shaped with tough diamond tipped tools, which is what creates the distinctive ‘polished’ finish. Smooth cladding is usually used inside houses, and it is easier to clean and maintain.
Pros of smooth stone cladding:
- Smooth stone cladding has a smooth, uniform surface which makes it easier to clean.
- Smooth cladding has a more modern look, which makes it an attractive option for people with new homes.
- An increasing amount of people are starting to use smooth stone cladding outdoors, as it is easily cleaned and maintained.
Cons of smooth stone cladding:
- Smooth cladding doesn’t have a natural or rustic look, which can mean that it looks out of place outdoors.
- A lot of people don’t like the plain texture of smooth cladding.
- Smooth cladding can become slippery if used on floors or paths, especially when wet.
Choosing between smooth and rough stone cladding can be difficult, but in the end it’s a personal decision. Remember, different styles are suited to different uses. Rough stone cladding is more rustic and natural looking, but it can be harder to keep clean than smooth cladding. If you’re having trouble making up your mind, then simply give your local stone cladding experts a call.