The Pros And Cons Of Natural Stone Cladding

Every building material has advantages and disadvantages, depending on your application. Here, we look at some of the pros and cons of natural stone to help you decide if it’s suitable for your project.


  • The natural, unrivaled beauty of real stone
  • It’s extreme durability and long lifespan
  • The extensive range of stone types, colors, and formats
  • Complimentary to other materials such as concrete and timber
  • Offers various finish options to suit applications
  • It provides a high level of insulation
  • It can be used for a variety of applications, indoors or out
  • It has weather resistance and is fire resistant
  • It can be scratch and abrasion-resistant
  • May increase the value of your home
  • Easy to maintain long-term


  • Requires a structural substrate
  • It can be labor-intensive and time-consuming to install
  • A more expensive material than some cladding products, similar to real wood
  • It needs to be sealed for protection
  • The use of strong cleaning products may damage the surface
  • It can trap moisture behind the material if poorly installed
  • Best installed by a professional rather than a DIY project

Stone cladding refers to materials attached to buildings to form an external surface, often used to increase aesthetics and provide a protective layer. Cladding is often used to enhance the structural integrity of buildings by transferring wind loads, rain, or snow to better balance the impact throughout the entire structure’s framework.

Properly installed and designed exterior cladding is also adept at improving energy efficiency by reducing interior cold/warm air leakage. Claddings are often seen as panels attached to the exterior of structures.

Ensure a professional implements your cladding system as a poorly designed and implemented solution, which can lead to safety hazards such as cladding collapses or stacked stone panels pulling away from the structure.

Natural stone exterior cladding protects your structure from various elements that commonly damage building structures. The most common element that affects buildings is water, and it is also the most difficult element to protect against.

Cladding provides excellent protection by repelling moisture via various techniques and materials, including membranes, sealants, siding, and weather stripping. Varying temperatures are also a well-known hazard to structure integrity.

Cladding protects from extreme temperatures by creating thermal gaps that prevent the external temperature from permeating the interior.

Another element that impacts your buildings is wind. Securely fastened to the exterior to limit movement, natural stone exterior cladding protects your structure against high winds like hurricanes or tornadoes.

Finally, the sun is one of the most harmful elements to structures. Its ultraviolet rays and heat can greatly deteriorate structures without a protective layer, such as natural stone cladding.

Failing building materials affected by the sun can easily provide moisture and temperature pathways into the interior of a structure. Stone cladding is the best way to protect your structures from the sun, as plastic or wood cladding can degrade quickly from exposure. 

As you can see, stone cladding has both advantages and disadvantages. The two main advantages driving people to choose natural stone cladding are its aesthetics and durability. Each piece has its unique textures, color tones, and imperfections, making no two stone feature walls the same. A quality natural stone wall will weather well and last many years.

For some, the main disadvantage of the stone is its heavy nature, which demands a structural substrate and, in some cases, additional fixtures. Constructing a structural wall for the cladding to adhere to may be impossible in every situation. This can also increase the cost and the installation time.