Architecture is witnessing continuous evolution, advancement, and innovation since man learned the art of building. One of the most revolutionising changes has been seen in how structures are decorated from the outside. In the point of fact, wall cladding is long being used as a piece of visual art. But today, its application goes beyond the aesthetic factor to complement a building in terms of safety, efficiency, and durability.
Hence, looking at the increasing awareness and demand for sustainability in architecture, the wall cladding market in India is evolving along the lines of quality and innovation.
An increasing number of fire incidents in buildings has lead to the realisation of using the right material in the wall claddings in the exteriors and interiors of a building. For instance, a series of fire incidents in the skyscrapers of UAE resulted in the revision of safety codes of buildings. A number of buildings in the region were installed with non-fire rated exterior cladding. In the wake of such incidents, experts see natural stones as one of the best options.
But before we move on to learn the reasons to opt for natural stones, it is crucial to know why wall cladding is significant, anyway!
How Wall Cladding Intensifies The Beauty Of Outdoor/Indoor Space?
Wall cladding is an additional cover on the existing interior and exterior walls of a building. Adding cladding to the walls contributes to the extraordinary aesthetics of the building. These are available in hundreds of colours, patterns, textures and finishes that can perfectly match the aesthetics of a building. Any variety of cladding for walls can transform an ordinary wall into a vibrant and lively looking masterpiece.
Exterior paints are not enough to add protection or a unique appearance to the house. That is when wall cladding comes into the view with a variety of options. Whether you want to give your home a rustic look or modern look, cladding has all that you wish for the aesthetics.
However, it is really important to opt for cladding only on those walls where it is necessary. In other words, covering all or even most of the walls with cladding may give a messy look to your building with the additional loss of time and money.
Benefits Of Using Decorative Wall Cladding
- Wall cladding protects a building from moisture, dust, and microorganisms, making the wall sturdy and durable for several decades.
- The cladding material used provides insulation from noise pollution.
- Some wall claddings like natural stones are excellently resistant to heat as they can absorb radiation and emancipate it steadily, allowing the temperature of the interiors to be mild and constant.
- The cladding is non-permeable in nature, hence it protects the building from the environmental elements such as extreme events of rainfall or sunlight that can degrade the durability of a structure.
- Depending on the material used, they are light on walls.
- The installation process of wall cladding is simple and quick.
- Using cladding, the walls are shielded from all types of degrading agents which improves the overall life of your building.
- Cladding materials such as natural stones are less expensive to install.
Applications Of Wall Cladding
Cladding can be applied to any wall in the interior or exterior of the house. In general, the application of wall cladding is categorised as follows:
Exterior Wall Cladding - Protecting the skin (exterior) of the house with cladding means you are preventing the harmful foreign elements from entering the interior. Exterior cladding not just adds beauty to the appearance but also reduces carbon footprint and overall energy costs.
Interior Wall Cladding - Wallpaper and paints are no more a choice to revamp the aesthetics of a house. Interior cladding is increasingly becoming a favourite choice for house owners. An explicit warm interior design greatly represents the taste and personality of the house owner.
Bathroom Wall Cladding - Cladding is a mindful way to transform your bathroom into a glamorous space. Bathroom cladding is 100% waterproof in nature and protects the bathroom from bacterial growth, insects and moulds, keeping it hygienic.
Kitchen Wall Cladding - Kitchen is a space where health and hygiene is the primary concern. Hence, cladding for kitchen walls can help you keep the space spick and span.
Natural Stones Used For Wall Cladding
There is a wide range of natural stones that prove to be excellent cladding materials. Each one of them is chosen by the architects considering the appearance, application and the amount of strength and durability required for a specific wall. Although there are dozens of natural stones used in cladding, some of the most popular ones are listed here.
Basalt - This dark-coloured natural stone is suitable for both interior and exterior wall cladding. Extremely high insulating capacity is the most distinguished characteristic of basalt.
Granite - This is one of the most popular materials used for interior cladding, especially for bathrooms. It is best known for its toughness and the stability of its colour and texture.
Marble - This stone is long known for its royal richness. It is best suited for interior cladding.
Jerusalem Stone - One of the oldest stones used by architects is a blend of limestone and dolomite. It is commonly applied for exterior cladding due to its strong resistance against weathering.
Slate - This is an optimal cladding material for both exterior and interior cladding. It is used by modern architects due to its high durability, excellent water resistance and low maintenance.
Why QM India Should Be On Top Of Your Preference List For Providing Natural Stone?
QM India is a decades-old manufacturer and worldwide exporter of natural stones. We have a long-established export network in UAE that adds to our reputation as one of the leading natural stone companies. Our expertise begins in our state-of-the-art quarries and ends in exquisite custom-designs for building interiors and exteriors. We specialise in ultra-modern technology that helps us offer bespoke cladding solutions that match your building characteristics with aesthetics.
We work out the best ways to get the most out of natural stones. In the case of wall cladding, we use our knowledge and skills to develop and install cladding in the most effective ways so as to help you minimise overall cost and maintenance.
Our dedication combined with artisan skills, cutting-edge technology and deep-rooted expertise can help you transform a building into a home!