Comparison Between Technical Porcelain Cladding and Composite Stone Cladding

Modern twists on classic materials!

With a renewed focus on both safety standards and environmentally-friendly options the building industry in the UK has to be more careful and diligent when choosing materials for their projects. That is no different when it comes to cladding, in this piece we will compare two modern and popular cladding materials which not only adhere to the new regulations and are environmentally friendly, but also offer a huge range of styles to choose from.

This piece will look at the differences between technical porcelain and composite stone as a cladding material.

Cladding itself is using one type of material to overlay across another. and can be used to added to home exteriors to improve the aesthetics, insulation, fire safety and more.

New products that are approved for construction in the UK must have a fire rating class of either A1 or A2 with an A1 class rating being the best. Both technical porcelain and composite stone cladding adhere to this rating.

Historically porcelain tended to have a more formal, smooth look while stone was more traditional and rustic looking. However with advances in technology both these two newer cladding types now offer huge variety in colour and texture and are taking the building industry by storm.

There are many differences and similarities between the two in other areas including:

• Installation
• Durability
• Moisture
• Aesthetics
• Safety
• Weight

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What is Technical Porcelain Cladding?

Technical Porcelain cladding are cladding tiles created using the same raw materials as natural stone, fired at extremely high pressures and temperatures.

This creates properties which are superior to most other materials, with a nice high quality finish and colour goes through the entire tile body.

What is Composite Stone Cladding?

Composite Stone are panels that are durable and low maintenance. These composite materials excel over natural materials in both cost and ecological sustainability.

Composite stone uses around 95 percent of natural materials and that makes them a great choice when environmental concerns exist.

Installation

Installation of both technical porcelain and composite stone cladding has some similar elements but also differs in the complexity of it as well as some cost variation. Neither are meant for beginners to try but both have simple installations that professionals can easily accomplish.

Installing Technical Porcelain Cladding

Installing technical porcelain cladding demands precision however the process is a simple one which is most definitely worth while for commercial projects of all sizes.

As it is of the lightest facade-covering materials on the market, this means that there is little load put onto the structure. That’s why technical and large format porcelain is recommended for use in timber framed, insulated concrete form (ICF) and lightweight steel frame (SFS) structures.

Also another bonus it that despite its reduced thickness, it has the tensile & flexural strength required for ventilated facades and EWIS.

Installing Composite Stone Cladding

Like porcelain, installing composite stone requires preparation however for professionals it is a fairly simple process.

Our composite stone facade panels are lightweight and can be quickly installed to minimise labour costs.

Not only that they come with an efficient secret fix installation system as standard, which means no visible rivets or adhesives required so they are perfect for most projects.

Cladding Categorisation

Both technical porcelain and composite stone cladding have certain advantages and which you use depends on that is a priority for you and the requirements of your project.

Technical porcelain facades are both durable and low maintenance. They are also strong, don’t crack easily so there are few repairs or ongoing maintenance. They also don’t fade and are not affected by the weather whether it be snow, rain, or summer heat.

Technical porcelain also doesn’t absorb water so issues that stem from moisture, like mildew, will no longer be an issue. This product also isn’t damaged by chemicals or corrosive acids.

Composite Stone cladding comes in undercut panels that offer a ventilated facade. Like porcelain, stone facades are low maintenance and can resist the weather, and they are also shock-resistant and water-tight.

Another plus for composite stone cladding is they are graffiti resistant. In other words, graffiti can easily be cleaned up from composite stone cladding so they are ideal for all types of commercial projects.

Performance

Both technical porcelain and composite stone cladding have excellent performance in most areas but each excel in different ways.

Technical and large format porcelain cladding weighs less than composite stone, thus helping reduce weight loads on the building, which can be beneficial in some cases of foundations and walls.

Another benefit of technical porcelain is that it’s comes in larger sizes, making it an easy installation because fewer panels are needed to fit a large space.

Composite Stone cladding has some advantages as well in that it is shock resistant and thermal resistant.

Composite stone can withstand all types of weather from high winds and rain to scorching heat.

Thermal resistance is important to cladding and a big part of that is insulation. Both composite stone cladding have a high rating of thermal resistance so the heat won’t be coming in or going out in structures which use these as a facade.

Both technical porcelain and composite stone cladding are durable, low-maintenance, and do well against moisture.






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Aesthetics

Each product has its aesthetic beauty although the looks are completely different. Picking the one you want is a matter of taste and project spec.

Technical porcelain cladding has a more modern look and feel to it. Since it comes in large panels, the look is sleek and contemporary. This product comes in a wide range of colours, finishes and textures from stone colours like various browns, greys, and blacks to wood style textures. Also the colour runs through the panel.

Composite stone facades have a huge colour variety as they come in greys, blacks, white, beige, red, green, blue, purple, and brown and much more. All of the finishes can be straight colours, or various stone elements from marble to granite. The finishes can come be glossy or matte.

Composite stone really does give architects a huge variety of finishes to choose from.

Safety Characteristics

Understanding the safety features of both types of cladding is important because that could save you and your home. It is important to consider all the various safety features from its reaction to weather to whether it is fire-resistance.

Both technical porcelain and composite stone have some common characteristics regarding safety. Both have great water resistance and storm protection. Composite stone is considered UV and weather stable, which means that excessive heat or cold will not have much effect on the facade.

Most importantly both Technical porcelain and composite stone cladding are both fire-resistant and meet the new fire safety codes for buildings in the UK.

Final Verdict

Having a keen understanding of both the technical porcelain and composite stone cladding products should help you decide which would be best for your project.

There are other factors to consider when picking cladding for your project including the project budget and aesthetics and a whole lot more, all of which we would delighted to help you with!

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