Quarried stone ventilated façades
Enduring appeal and significance
Natural stone has been used in construction for thousands of years and has long been regarded as a premium quality building material, reflecting stability, durability and
grandeur. Its enduring legacy as a traditional masonry material can be seen across the architectural landscape, in bridges and monuments, crofts and castles, cathedrals and churches,
and of course in the great municipal buildings that give character to our cities. Aesthetically appealing with a broad range of styles, natural graining, veining, and multiple
textures, quarried stones are unique and visually interesting, carrying intrinsic meaning and symbolism.
Stone as a cladding material
Over the last century it has become more expensive to quarry, cut and transport stone. Traditional stone masonry skills are in decline, and faced with the emergence of new and
modern construction materials and techniques, today’s builders rarely use mortared stone blocks as a basic building fabric. However, demand for stone slabs remains strong as they can
be used in cladding applications to create an impressive external envelope.
The modern way to install slabs of stone as a cladding material is as part of a ventilated cladding system. Shackerley is able to supply a range of fully prefabricated limestone
and granite panels, ready for installation as part of SureClad® ventilated façade system. SureClad® quarried stone
ventilated façades are inherently non-combustible, meeting BS EN 13501-1 Class A1 criteria.
Stone slabs are prefabricated in exactly the same way as Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite and engineered stone, with façade fixings already secured to the rear
using stainless steel undercut anchors. Depending on the panel format required, the or can be used to install the ventilated façade.