Our flexible stone veneer product has four major benefits when compared to traditional solid stone systems: they are lighter, they are stronger, they are impervious to water and they are tested. Panels are one-fifth the weight of dimensional stone and provide huge savings regarding installation time, labor and structural requirements. In addition, the fiber-reinforced epoxy skin found on our natural stone composite panels creates a waterproof barrier, making them impervious to water. These attributes place Cuartex flexible stone veneer panels at the forefront as a building material of choice.
Stone has been used as a building material since the ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids and the Romans built their Empire, so why use Cuartex instead of traditional methods?
The fact is that traditional methods of building with load-bearing stone blocks would be cost prohibitive for most modern buildings and our new 2mm thick no load-bearing flexible stone veneers bring the look of stone for an extremely affordable price.
There are several ways in which our panels improve upon the conventional building material of dimensional stone cladding. They are stronger, more flexible and more stable than traditional solid stone. Panels turn natural stone into decorative veneer, making dependence on stone for load-bearing purposes inconsequential.
Our stone veneers are very flexible and can move with structures making them invaluable in regions prone to hurricanes or earthquakes. Dimensional stone cladding is brittle and has low flexural and poor impact strength. Just as important to note, these slates alleviate the concern with traditional solid stone that the stone can warp from cutting and temperature fluctuations. The flexibility also makes it easy to install in places you could not with traditional stone.
The thin stone found on Cuartex panels cannot exert meaningful force on their reinforcing materials. As a result, our lightweight stone panels systems don’t experience the stability failures that dimensional stone cladding systems do.
Beyond the areas in which Cuartex panels improve upon traditional stone systems, the bonding strength for our flexible stone veneer panels only improves with time; thanks to the curing of the epoxy resin. There is so much security in the bonding strength that builders first and perhaps only concern for system failure lies with the stone itself. This only lends more credence to the fact that Cuartex Flexible Stone Veneers is preferable to both traditional stone systems and competitive products.
We have never had a warranty claim (for delaminating or otherwise) for our panels.
In addition, flexible stone veneer panels are a preferable choice to traditional solid stone because of improved attachment systems. Dimensional stone systems have kerfs cut into their edges and leave little room to set anchors. The attachment system situation with dimensional stone exposes the weakest properties of the stone, whereas the full-surface bond coverage of a Cuartex flexible stone alleviates attachment concerns that come with traditional systems.
Flexible Stone Veneer panels create a weatherproof barrier that doesn’t exist with a porous stone cladding system.
Cost and color
These panels Improve upon both cost and color, when compared to solid stone cladding. Because natural stone composite panels are so lightweight, panels can be both cut and maneuvered around at the point of manufacture and by installers to create a cohesive look much more easily than dimensional stone. Also, because of an 80 percent reduction in weight, builders can save 20 to 50 percent in installation costs.
While “traditional” methods have shown shortcomings and major failures, Cuartex flexible stone veneer panels continue to provide a natural stone facade to buildings that is extremely strong and can withstand the test of time.
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