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Stone Walled: Using Natural Stone Cladding
Natural stone is gaining popularity as an interior wall cladding, says DeeDee Gordon, senior designer with Ann Sacks.
Natural stone is gaining popularity as an interior wall cladding, says DeeDee Gordon, senior designer with Ann Sacks. Most stone claddings, such as marble, slate, limestone and granite, appear in kitchens and bathrooms but can be used in foyers, sun rooms and other rooms.
Although tiles and slabs are used most often, natural stone cladding comes in a variety of shapes, styles and finishes.
Beyond its striking appearance, natural stone is prized for low maintenance and durability. Stone wall cladding installation is similar to that of ceramic but should be done by a contractor knowledgeable about natural stone. For more information, the Marble Institute of America sells a 30-page technical module that includes design criteria, photographs, drawings and specifics on joints, mortars, mechanical systems and wet areas. Interior Stone Wall Cladding is available for $10, plus $4 for shipping and handling, from the institute by calling 440/250-9222 or visiting www.marble-institute.com.