If you’re looking to build a new home, chances are you’ve come across the term cladding and more specifically, stone cladding.

What is stone cladding, what do we mean when we say it’s natural, and why is limestone one of the most popular stone claddings available on the market? These are questions asked by many of our clients.

What is stone cladding?

Cladding is simply defined as a material that lays over another material to provide a layer or skin. While it can be used on interiors, cladding mostly refers to exterior uses. In building terms, exterior cladding serves a number of purposes. For example, cladding provides thermal insulation and weatherproofing. It also improves the appearance of buildings.

The most common examples that you see every day in residential buildings are bricks and weatherboards, although these are just the tip of the iceberg. Another material that is used for cladding is stone. While stone cladding can technically be engineered, or in other words, a composite material, generally, it’s a natural product. It’s simply stone that is dug up from the ground or quarried. It’s then cut and shaped into different sizes, thicknesses and shapes to suit the application.

Limestone is an example of stone cladding

One of the most beautiful, natural examples of stone cladding is limestone. It’s been used as a stone cladding in Australian homes virtually since European settlement. Worldwide, limestone has been used for centuries as a building material.

The best example is perhaps the Great Pyramid of Giza, the biggest Egyptian pyramid. It was built extensively with limestone in 2570 BC. Given that it is well over 4000 years old, the pyramid is a testament to the strength and durability of limestone.

Limestone’s durability is only one of its benefits and one of the reasons it’s a popular stone cladding in Australia.

Another is its versatility:

  • While blocks are the most known limestone cladding, limestone can also be used to make columns, window sills, cornerstones and more.
  • Limestone moulds can shape stone cladding into virtually any shape. Bruhn Limestone has a range of moulding profiles.
  • You can choose from several face finishes. For example, Bruhn Limestone stone cladding is available in a flat and smooth surface, a rough rockface that is created by guillotine to ensure every block is unique, and a smooth surface that has 10mm bevelling.
  • You can use limestone for the external cladding of your home, inside your home, for retaining walls and much more.
  • Limestone is generally light in colour, but not all limestone is the same. The colour can range from light creams to rich biscuit tones.

The numbers stack up

When it comes to limestone and limestone cladding, the numbers stack up for Bruhn Limestone.
We’ve been in business for more than 80 years, well over 7000 homes have been built using our limestone, we have more than 20 individual products and we have 50-plus styles and options to choose.

Want to know more about why limestone is one of Australia’s favourite stone cladding products?
Call Bruhn on (08) 8721 8000, email admin@bruhn.com.au or use our contact form to send your enquiry.