Our Multi Slate cladding slips contain a stunning mix of colours from navy blue to rich russet browns, all naturally occurring within the same rock seam. Although quarried overseas, this slate is redolent of West Country stone. Cut as slips it achieves the appearance of a traditional dry-stone wall in a fraction of the time and cost.
Country of origin: China
John came to our yard looking needing approx 250m2 of cladding for three concrete retaining walls. He wanted something that would match the historic local buildings in his rural village, but needed it to be lightweight to avoid losing essential space from the narrow-walled pathways. He envisaged a dry-stone wall effect and had assumed the Stone Panelling system would be the answer, but seeing it at the showroom he felt it was too contemporary.
We showed him our Multi Slate natural stone cladding slips as a possible alternative to the Stone Panelling. The individual slips give the appearance of a traditional dry-stone stone wall, particularly when used with L shaped corner pieces that look like full quoins. The slim format (30mm) seemed ideal; he loved it in principle but still had concerns:
- Over the large areas required, how long would it take the builders to achieve a dry-stone wall effect?
- Would his builders be skilled enough to create an authentic appearance?
- Would he have enough space to hold 250m2 worth of material in his garden?
One week later John called to say he was thrilled with the progress. Having initially been reticent, his builders found the slips remarkably easy to work with: between three of them, in rotten weather, they achieved up to 30m2 per day. They also had more space to work in, needing only 16 crates of slips as opposed to the 75 bulk bags they would have needed had they chosen traditional facing stone.
We popped round to take a look and were really impressed with the result . We’re looking forward to visiting again when the walls are finished off with our grey sandstone tumbled coping.
Natural stone cladding slips: the benefits
Our Multi Slate cladding slips come from one of our approved overseas quarries in China. All our natural stone slips are suitable for cladding internal and external walls, and for house-building and landscaping. At only 15-30mm thick, they can be fixed directly to walls like a heavy tile. Easy to apply and with an unlimited daily build height, they are ideal for both professional use and for DIY.
L-shaped corners create the appearance of ‘full-thickness’ solid stone walling, but being so slim in format means they are also ideal for new builds where space is at a premium.
We are able to cut our natural stone cladding slips from our full range of natural stone products, including Random, Vintage, Coursed, and Tumbled cropped walling stone.
- Approx 30mm thickness
- 100% natural solid stone
- L-shaped corners
- For interior and exterior walling
- Over 40 finishes, colours and styles
- Easy and fast installation
- Unlimited build height per day
What are natural stone slips?
Our Multi Slate stone slips have a sawn back and natural front, and are cut to a thickness of 30mm. (The reason for the variation is the riven face, with every piece being unique). The heights and lengths are naturally random, giving the appearance of a traditionally-built natural stone wall. You might also hear the slips referred to as fascias or thins.
In comparison, our traditional random building stone is cropped to a 100mm–150mm (4 -6 inch) bed width as standard, making it a larger and heavier stone.
For more detail on how we create our slips, plus technical info and FAQs, please see our Natural Stone Cladding Slips information page.
How are the cladding slips supplied?
We stack our natural stone cladding slips into crates containing 20m2 per crate. A full crate will weigh approx. one tonne.
Comparing this to traditional building stone – where a one tonne bag of 4-6in facing stone will cover 3-3.5m2 of walling – you can see how our natural stone cladding slips offer a considerable saving on haulage, as well as space on site.
An important note about natural stone
Whilst we have done our utmost to ensure the stone and colours displayed on our website are accurate, they are to be used as a guide only. Because stone is a natural product, texture and colour will vary from piece to piece. As we work through the quarry, seams will yield slightly different coloured and shaped stones.
building technique, quantity, colour and type of mortar used will all impact on the look of the finished product. Please bear this in mind when ordering stone products. For larger projects or any projects where a specific look is required, we recommend that test panels are built.