Whether you’re building a new home, extending, renovating or adding a granny flat, there are so many cladding options available that it can be confusing. While we consider limestone cladding the best, let’s look at the options, as well as innovative ways of using limestone.

What is cladding?

Firstly, let’s clear up exactly what we mean by cladding.

Strictly speaking, in the building game cladding refers to a material that is laid over another material, such as plywood. Generally, the cladding provides thermal insulation and weatherproofing, as well as improving the appearance. Often cladding is also used to refer to any exterior surface of a building. Whether it’s stone (like limestone), brick, wood, metal, a composite material or something else.

While we won’t make a distinction between the different definitions of cladding in this blog, a good example of the differences can be seen in the size of our limestone products. We supply limestone cladding that is as little as 35mms thick, while our blocks can be 100mms and much more. Bricks are generally 110mms thick, while brick cladding is approximately 32mms, although there are variances between products.

Cladding options

As we mentioned, there are many options for cladding a building. These include:

  1. Stone cladding, including limestone cladding.
    Stone cladding was used in the earliest homes ever built because of its durability, thermal insulation and low maintenance. Another benefit of stone cladding – and certainly limestone cladding – is its aesthetic appeal, although this benefit may have been lost on ancient civilisations in Egypt, Greece and Rome!
  2. Brick cladding.
  3. Wood cladding, particularly weatherboards.
  4. Metal cladding, such as architectural steel.
  5. Fibre cement cladding.
  6. Concrete cladding.
    And many more, including vinyl, glass, corten steel, and stucco.

Limestone cladding. A great choice for your next building project

As we mentioned in the introduction, we reckon limestone cladding is the best option on the market. Although, to be fair, we’re probably a bit biased!

Limestone cladding is exquisitely beautiful, durable, a great insulator, fire resistant, noise deadening, low maintenance, sustainable, water resistant and more. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile.

Here are just some of the ways you can use limestone cladding in building projects:

  • Obviously, limestone creates a stunning exterior for homes and other buildings.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Swimming pool surrounds.
  • BBQ surrounds.
  • Feature columns for both outside and inside the home.
  • Feature interior walls.
  • Fireplace surrounds.
  • Kitchen splashback.
  • Paving.

Limestone cladding looks expensive, but it’s not.

The other thing major consideration when choosing a cladding material is, of course, cost. Again, this is an area where limestone stands out. 

While limestone does have many benefits and looks stunning, it’s also very affordable and compares favourably to the cost of a good quality brick. 

To learn more about how to use limestone in your next building project, call Bruhn Limestone on (08) 8721 8000.