We will/We will/Rock your walls!
Since the dawn of man, we’ve been surrounded by stone walls. Our foray into stone dwelling began in the caves, which evolved into pyramids, palaces and now… that high-rise penthouse in Brickell Key that overlooks US1 traffic.
Perhaps our attraction to rock is DNA inherent. In the old days, keeping stone walls up required an age-old technique of masonry construction and cladding which made rock more prone to cracking and falling on top of your TV. But these aren’t the old days anymore.
Today, a more contemporary approach is used to install stone walls and it’s that of mechanical cladding systems and new panel material. In a way, it’s a form of mixed media that fuses different technologies together for the sake of keeping our rocks in tact. Because it’s not fun to come home to a wall-less apartment.
A heavy duty option is that of aluminum support channels or rails that are made up of post consumer metals, augmented with thermally isolated segments that will all take part in getting LEED certification for your building. All in all, thermal performance will be at an all-time high.
In order to achieve the look of texture, because we love texture that’s easy on the eyes, panels need to be slabbed with thickness and kerfed. The result: a stunning wall plane with eclectic protrusions.
So you have your texture, now you can add your accents using a variety of different panel makes and sizes along with chair rails. You can set the illusion that you are breaking basic laws of physics by suspending your panels over open clearings.
Theres another method that involves undercut anchors that attach to the back of the stone. A hole is cut with a state-of-the-art drill that expands into the back of the panel. Just tighten the screw and tighten the stone for safe durability.
These new methods of mounting walls are the way to go, replacing the outdated and unsafe methods of yesteryear. Now here’s to hoping that in ten years, our Artificial Intelligence laborers can do the leg work for us.