Cladding
03/01/2023

Natural slate cladding: the perfect solution for architecture

Slate cladding is the perfect solution for covering both exterior and interior walls. The natural properties of this outstanding material make it one of the best cladding systems in the market.

Contemporary architects consider natural slate an optimal material for a building façade. Thanks to its high performance, its low maintenance and durability, slate wall cladding has become a stand-out element in modern design.

The key properties of slate cladding are its high durability, fire resistance performance (A1) and low water absorption. Compared to other cladding solutions such as metal, brick or vinyl, a slate façade not only looks more elegant and sophisticated, but is also more sustainable.

Even taking into account different natural materials such as ceramic or wood, slate is also more resistant and long-lasting.

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Slate, a natural and ecological material

Thanks to its natural properties, slate is only submitted to the processes of extraction and shaping. It requires no additional treatment, substantially reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

If we compare natural slate to other materials, its results in terms of air pollution, water and energy consumption, are the lowest, even to terracotta, zinc and fibre cement. Slate cladding has a lower environmental impact than other man made alternatives.

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Uses of slate cladding

As this is a natural product, each stone has unique properties and performance. But thanks to its wide range of shapes and sizes, most architects and homeowners consider slate as a winner between every natural material.

Natural slate cladding enriches the appeal of any building while affording more lasting and reliable protection than any other alternative. Architects recognize the value of slate for its unfading and weathering colors, ‘on-the-grain’ fabrication, durability and high quality standards.

Leading the world in slate production since 1892, CUPA PIZARRAS develops new and more efficient construction solutions that promote the use of natural products, such as CUPACLAD, an innovative rainscreen cladding system with natural slate.

CUPACLAD makes possible the installation of natural slate wall panels with horizontal orientation, offering new design possibilities for contemporary architecture.

These façade systems are lightweight, easy to install and help to create a modern building appearance. In new construction and renovation works, CUPACLAD exterior wall cladding systems can be adapted to any architectural design.

slate cladding in the pierson library facade

For further information about our natural stone facade systems, visit the CUPACLAD website or take a look at some of our best projects.