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The process of veneering natural stone does not change or alter the appearance. It is exactly the same stone as the process uses 2cm standard thickness slabs. Comparing a piece of 2cm polished slabs and a 5mm reinforced veneer from the appearance there would be zero difference because it is exactly the same material.
The difference of course is in the weight with dimensional 2cm stone weighing on average 50 kilo per square metre often requiring heavy lifting machinery and expensive secondary mechanical fixing systems and restraints and often the in place costs are more than double the material cost. Again the lightweight stone panel option is favourably priced from the outset with in place costs on average 60% less.
Flexibility is key when making comparisons with solid slabs. Thin profile panels can be fixed directly over existing finishes so no need for removal of old finishes and no need for making good any damage during the process. Also our thin profile lightweight panels can be incorporated into joinery items such as cupboard doors and the like. Allowing natural stone to be used in applications that would have otherwise be weight/cost prohibitive.
Lightweight stone veneer panels with aluminium honeycomb backing are the perfect answer to bringing the timeless elegance of natural stone to lift interiors.
Natural stone can add a touch of classic elegance and timeless beauty to any environment, and lift interiors are no exception. Using solid stone panels can, however, present designers/architects with several potentially prohibitive problems:
Weight – Solid stone is inherently heavy, which means use is often prohibited by limitations on acceptable building loads.
Cost – High raw material usage and labour-intensive installation mean solid stone is usually quite expensive. Budget limitations can subsequently prohibit use.
Fragility – Inherently fragile and rather brittle, solid stone can easily be damaged (cracked, chipped, etc.) during transport and/or installation.
Durability – Solid stone panels are susceptible to moisture penetration and corrosion. This can significantly reduce an installation’s life span, especially in exterior applications.
Backed by an aluminium honeycomb core and aluminium panels, veneered stone panels, on the other hand, are:
Offering much more design freedom to architects and interior designers, they are, in a nutshell, the ideal solution for lift car interiors.
Give our team of experts a call on 0203 633 3793 or get in touch via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or our online contact form today to discuss your requirements and/or get more detailed information on available options.
There are several good reasons why honeycomb backed architectural decorative panels are the perfect solution for marble lift interiors. Here are some of them.
Cladding your lifts’ interiors with marble doubtlessly transforms them into incredibly beautiful, timelessly elegant spaces. Unfortunately, natural marble is not only heavy but also somewhat brittle, fragile and inflexible in terms of design freedom. It is also comparatively expensive.
Building load and budget limitations can subsequently prohibit use of solid stone panels altogether. Even where use is possible, their natural brittleness/fragility means they are highly susceptible to damages (cracking, chipping, etc.) during shipping and installation, which can further increase expenses.
Created by bonding a thin sheet (3 to 5 mm) of marble veneer to aluminium backing panels and an aluminium honeycomb core, our decorative architectural panels are the perfect solution for marble lift car interiors because they are:
Lightweight – Considerably lighter than solid stone, honeycomb backed marble panels can be used in areas where weight restrictions may make use of solid stone impossible.
Strong – The flexural strength provided by the aluminium backing significantly increases panels’ impact resistance making them less susceptible to accidental damage.
Durable & Safe – The backing process also provides the panels with improved corrosion, moisture and fire resistance (all independently tested to UK/ASTM standards), making them more durable and safer to use in building projects.
Cost-Effective – Using marble veneer instead of solid stone panels reduces the cost of raw materials both in financial and environmental terms. Quick and easy to perform, installation is also less labour intensive, which further reduces the overall cost of a project.
Versatile – Suitable for exterior and interior applications, panels are available in an extensive range of marbles, as well as granites, limestone and onyx. Combined with their strength, light weight and ease of installation, this provides architects/designers with much greater design freedom.
Preserving natural marble’s beauty while reducing the exploitation of natural resources and overcoming the inherent properties/characteristics of natural stone (fragility, heaviness, etc.), honeycomb backed marble panels for lift interiors are more cost-effective, stronger, more durable and safer than solid marble panels.
Call us on 0203 633 3793, drop us a line at: email@example.com or use our online contact form today to learn more about our products and/or discuss your requirements with a member of our team.
From ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures to London’s Marble Arch; from Rome’s Pantheon to the Taj Mahal in Agra; from the Parthenon in Athens to Stow House’s Marble Room (Buckinghamshire) and the exterior of Westminster Cathedral, marble cladding has been used to add timeless beauty to the interior and exterior of buildings around the world for centuries. The question is, just what is it that makes this particular stone so popular?
These colours and patterns are the result of varying impurities (i.e. chert, iron oxides, sand, silt, clay or, as is the case in green marble, serpentine, which is caused by silica impurities within magnesium-rich dolomite or limestone) that were originally present within the protolith in the shape of layers or grains having been mobilised and recrystallised by the metamorphism’s intense heat and pressure.
Marble’s hardness (3, Moh’s hardness scale) and translucence make it a popular, easy to carve material for ornamental objects and sculptures. Its popularity as a building material is because marble readily accepts polishing to a high lustre and can be easily cut for use as cladding on walls, floor tiles or columns; stair treads, window sills, facing stones and more. As the marble-clad buildings and rooms of old testify, beautifully patterned, shiny and translucent marble brings timeless beauty to the environments within which it is used.
There are, however, some disadvantages to the use of natural marble in architectural projects:
Weight – Typically sold in the shape of tiles ranging in size up to 600 x 600 mm with thicknesses of between 10 and 15 mm, natural marble is comparatively heavy. What’s more, as tile size increases, so does the materials thickness, which can go up to as much as 20 – 30 mm. This, of course, significantly increases its weight. Limitations on building’s load capacity can subsequently prevent the use of this material over larger areas.
Expense – Marble, like other natural stones, is comparatively expensive. In addition, larger panels needed for wall cladding require mechanical fixings, which further add to an installation’s overall cost.
Risk of Damage – The inherent fragility and lack of hardness of marble also means it is highly susceptible to damage (i.e. cracking, chipping or breaking) during transport, as well as during and after installation.
Consistency of Colour/Pattern – Use of natural marble makes it fairly difficult to achieve consistency in pattern and colour/tone over larger areas.
Environment – A cubic-metre of raw marble can produce solid panels sufficient to cover approximately 45 m2. The larger an area to be covered is, the more raw stone is required and the more natural resources are depleted – which is, of course, far from helpful to the environment.
The cost, weight and environmental concerns of using marble often prevents use of this incredibly beautiful material. There is, however, a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly and much lighter alternative: Lightweight Marble Cladding.
Lightweight marble panels consist of thin sheets of natural marble veneer that have been bonded to a choice of backing panel (learn more). Weighing just 16 kg/m2 irrespective of size, these panels can be:
Provided with increased overall strength, flexibility & impact resistance by the backing process, Lightweight Marble is also less likely to incur damages during or after transport/installation, warp or suffer the effects of corrosion, water/moisture penetration or chemicals.
Producing enough panels to clad an area of as much as 135 m2 from a single cubic-metre of raw marble, this process also promotes conservation of the environment by reducing exploitation of resources, as well as reducing the cost of stone per square-metre and making it possible to achieve greater consistency in texture and tone over large areas.
Are you ready to introduce the natural, timeless beauty of Lightweight Marble Cladding into your environment? Give us a call on 0203 633 3793 today.
Lightweight granite stone panels are an ever more popular alternative to solid natural granite panels. Here is why.
Natural granite is comparatively expensive and the cheapest way of using this type of stone is generally in the shape of tiles. These tiles are typically available in sizes including 305 mm x 305 mm; 450 mm x 450 mm and/or 600 mm x 600 mm and generally come in thicknesses ranging from 10 mm to 15 mm.
As tiles increase in size, their thickness invariably also increases, so if an installation requires a larger size, the thickness of the panels can increase to between 20 mm and 30 mm. Adding significantly to the overall weight, this also adds to installation costs, especially if used in walling applications, where the additional size and weight of the panels may necessitate use of mechanical fixings. What’s more, building load restrictions may well make cladding of larger areas in natural granite impossible.
Natural texture variations and variations in tone can also make it extremely difficult to achieve consistency over larger areas with natural stone panels – not to mention the risk of damage before, during and after installation due to natural stone’s inherent fragility and susceptibility to warping, moisture, chemicals and corrosion.
Finally, use of large quantities of natural granite encourages increased exploitation of natural resources – which is, of course, not very helpful in the conservation of the environment.
Consisting of thin natural granite veneer sheets that are bonded to a choice of honeycombed or polymer aluminium; fiberglass, glass or ceramic backing panels (learn more), lightweight granite panels can be supplied cut-to-measure and ready to install or in full size (2400 mm x 1200 mm) sheets.
As the weight of these panels will not exceed 16 kg/m2 no matter how large they are, they can be quickly and easily installed over any solid surface/substrate without the need for costly, often time-consuming preparatory work by use of adhesives, concealed screws or interlocking channels (all of which are comparatively inexpensive) without fear of exceeding load limitations.
Providing the panels with greater strength, flexibility and impact resistance, the backing process also:
Also maximising stone utilisation (producing up to 135 m2 of lightweight panels from one m3 of raw stone, whereas the same amount of raw stone would produce just 45 m2 of solid natural stone panels), this process also:
Lightweight stone panels are also more likely to achieve a more consistent tone/texture throughout larger areas than natural stone.
Suitable for a virtually limitless range of applications, Lightweight granite stone panels are a more cost-effective, stronger, longer-lasting and more environmentally friendly solution to creating naturally beautiful interiors and exteriors with a more consistent look and feel than solid natural stone.
For more detailed information on our granite panels and/or discuss your specific requirements, please do not hesitate to call us on 0203 633 3793 today.
Consisting of thin natural stone veneer sheets bonded to varying backing panels, lightweight composite stone panels are suitable for a broad range of both interior and exterior applications. Preserving stone’s natural beauty, these panels have several major advantages. Here are some of them.
As the name suggests, these panels are lightweight – and significantly lighter than solid granite, marble or limestone; slate, sandstone or indeed any other solid natural stone. This means lightweight composite stone panels reduce the dead load of a building and can subsequently be used in areas where structural requirements/limitations may otherwise prohibit the use of natural stone. What’s more, their light weight also:
Lightweight Composite Stone Advantages – Flexibility and Strength
Reducing natural stone’s often fragile, brittle properties, the backing process for lightweight composite stone panels provides greater flexural strength and impact resistance. This, of course:
Lightweight Composite Stone Advantages – Utilisation of Stone
Maximising usage of natural stone (one cubic-metre of raw stone can only produce 45 m2 of solid stone panels, but will produce as much as 135 m2 of composite lightweight stone panels), lightweight composite stone panels:
This final point is especially important when dealing with more expensive stones like, for instance, onyx marble or sky-blue granite.
In a nutshell, lightweight composite stone panels are more versatile, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, flexible, strong and long-lasting than solid stone. Interested? Get in touch with our experts today.
Introducing our patented polymer reinforced natural stone. Same stone, same appearance but with less weight, easy to fix and with considerably reduced in place costs compared to 2cm stone slabs.
Weighing only 13 kilo’s per square metre and with a thickness of only 13mm enables our polymer backed natural stone panels to be used in a wider range of commercial applications.
Fast to install and can even be installed directly over existing finishes thereby eliminating the time and cost associated with the removal and making good of existing tiles. Our polymer reinforced panels are strong and durable and waterproof and we can supply almost any marble, granite or onyx.
This is real stone it is not reconstituted it is a real veneer of real natural stone with proven and substantial cost savings compared with 2cm slabs.
Microthin our thinnest & lightest natural stone material weighing in at only 4kg per square metre! With panel sizes of 1200 x 600 and only 2mm thick. Perfect for over cladding existing commercial finishes with adhesive and/or to be used in weight restrictive application such as lift cars, ceilings as well as applications within the marine or automotive industry. Easy to cut and easy to fix directly over existing finishes such as wood, tiles or plaster. This is REAL NATURAL stone but not as you know it.
Designing in stone can be both time consuming, complicated and of course expensive. Our lightweight natural stone panels offer many advantages over conventional thickness stone slabs and tiles and are equally suitable for both new construction and refurbishment, particularly bathrooms.
For further information please contact us.