Flexible stone veneer from Cuartex™ is made from a thin layer of stone stripped or peeled from a metamorphic stone slab, rather than cutting from a solid stone or precast composite material. Thin veneers are pulled away from the original thicker stone slabs by adhering a thin layer of fiberglass/polyester resin composite backing. There is no grinding of the surface to make it thinner. When the resins cure the composite is “pulled” or “stripped” away taking with it the thin layer of stone. This process only works with layered rock.
Flexible stone veneers are a sustainable building material because they only use the top layer of stone. This means that a thick slab of slate can reveal hundreds of layers of stone while leaving much of the stone for future generations. Processing this new material also reduces scrap because requiring tons of stone to be quarried, transported, mined, or processed is not necessary.
Less fuel is used before and after processing this material because of its light weight. Additionally, in a single crate hundreds of square meters of material can be transported where traditional stone products would require larger trucks and equipment to move and handle the raw slabs.