Façade Cladding is a process whereby natural stone is fixed to a pre-constructed backing structure (either blockwork or framework) to provide an exterior design for a building. Being heavier, natural stone often needs mechanical fixings to be adhered to this structure (which is typically made from stainless steel). PMJ Masonry has an approved list of mechanical fixing suppliers that provide all the necessary supports needed.
The most common types of natural stone used for façade cladding are granite, limestone and sandstone. However, it is possible to utilise marble and slate. Clients and customers of PMJ Masonry can take advantage of the far-reaching partnerships with quarries from around of the world which allows a rich variety of stone patterns and colour choice.
At PMJ Masonry, we specialise in:
Traditional Handset External Cladding – Natural stone cladding restrained to a backing structure (either blockwork or framework) using stainless steel fixings, typically with closed mortar joints.
Rainscreen Cladding – Pressure-Equalised Rainscreen Cladding (the cavity behind the natural stone panels is divided into area’s to generate a pressure to stop the water from entering the open joints). Drained and Ventilated Rainscreen Cladding (the open joints between the natural stone panels allows air to move, therefore encouraging the water to dry and evaporate).
Natural Stone Cladding (Panels) – Carried back to a substrate using a metal framing system with open joints.
Stone-Faced Precast Concrete Cladding Systems – Natural stone attached to precast concrete units supported on the building using load bearing brackets.
Prefabricated Natural Stone Panels – Panelised walling systems with a range of external finishes.
Load Bearing Masonry – Traditional walling using time-served masonry skills.