For decades, slate tile has been known as a hardy and beautiful roofing option. Recently, an increasing number of architects are using slate as siding for a unique, elegant touch. Other than just an artistic statement, slate cladding systems utilizes its natural properties to offer a superior choice for siding.
What is a Slate Cladding System?
A slate cladding system is considered to be the most effective construction tool in terms of insulation. By preventing heat gain or loss, thus lowering the energy demand of heating or cooling systems, thermal insulation significantly reduces energy consumption and saves money on energy bills. Excellent for both thermal and acoustic insulation, the ventilated facade and external insulation of the system avoids condensation problems by eliminating thermal bridges.
Made up of a load-bearing wall, an insulating layer, and a coating material fixed into the building, an air chamber is created in the rear of the slate tiles. This chamber allows constant air ventilation behind these tiles, which prevents the accumulation of moisture that can damage the building. The sturdy slate tile exterior is a barrier that is both naturally water resistant and fireproof, ensuring total protection against the elements. When compared to other cladding solutions such as cement, ceramic, or stone, slate tile stands out as the clear choice for resistant, long-lasting and elegant siding.
With all constructional benefits aside, more high-end buildings are emerging with slate cladding systems because of the sophisticated, modern flair they afford them. Available in a wide range of colors, from classic blacks and grey to hues of red and green, slate tiles can add a touch of classic beauty or make an artistic statement to any building. In addition, adding high-quality materials such as slate can increase a building’s market value.
Not only does installing a natural slate cladding system save on energy bills, but it is arguably the best environmentally-friendly option on the market today. Thanks to its innate properties, natural slate requires only the process of extracting and shaping. Many other natural building materials including zinc, fibre, cement, and terra-cotta require additional treatment, increasing water and energy consumption and releasing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Slate’s longevity makes it highly recyclable with tiles being able to be moved from its original building and installed on a newer one. If you are looking for a smart, money-saving and gorgeous siding option for your next project, consider slate.