Purposes of Cladding
Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a layer intended to control the infiltration of weather elements or for aesthetic purposes. Cladding does not necessarily have to provide a waterproof condition but is instead a control element.
This control element may only serve to safely direct water or wind in order to control run-off and prevent infiltration into the building structure. This is also a control element to prevent noise from entering or escaping.
Types of Wall Finishes
Original Arcitectural Design
Stone cladding is a thin layer of real or simulated stone applied to a building or other structure made of a material other than stone. Stone cladding is sometimes applied to concrete and steel buildings as part of their original architectural design.
Stone cladding often refers to lightweight simulated stone products with a concrete-type base. These stone cladding products are often fitted to lightweight substrates to reduce the material cost of construction.