Faux Stone Effect Panels – a Lightweight, Cost-Effective Alternative to Natural Stone Walls
Cost-effective, lightweight and more environmentally friendly than solid stone, faux stone effect panels are the perfect solution to making your interior design visions become stunningly beautiful reality.
Natural Stone vs. Faux Stone Effect Panels
While natural stone walls are doubtlessly incredibly beautiful and will add both style and timeless elegance to any residential or commercial setting, use of solid stone panels does present architects and interior designers with several problems:
Weight – Solid stone panels are invariably heavy. Structural requirements may subsequently prohibit their use altogether or, if use is feasible, the surfaces upon which they are to be installed may need typically time-consuming and expensive preparatory work.
Much lighter than solid stone, faux stone panels, on the other hand, can be installed:
- Where dead-load limitations restrict use of solid stone
- Quickly and easily over any existing substrate without pre-installation preparations and via use of cost-effective methods including concealed screws, adhesives and interlocking channels.
Cost – Limited stone utilisation in the production of solid stone panels means the price of stone per square metre is relatively high both in terms of money and exploitation of natural resources.
This cost is further added to by variances in raw materials’ tone/texture, which can significantly increase the amount of raw materials needed to achieve a consistent tone/texture across any given project. Combined with the expense involved in preparatory measures, this can make use of solid stone impossible if budgets are limited.
Improved stone utilisation, subsequently reduced impact on the environment and lower cost/m2; greater consistency in tone/texture and reduced installation costs make faux stone panels a far more cost-effective, more environmentally friendly solution.
Potential Damage – Comparatively inflexible, fragile and brittle, solid stone is susceptible to accidental damages (chipping, breaking, cracking) during shipping/installation, as well as warping and penetration by moisture/water.
Offering improved flexural strength and greater impact resistance than natural stone, yet preserving its outstanding natural beauty, faux stone panels reduce the risk of such damage – making them the perfect answer to a virtually endless range of design possibilities.