Wall facing stones: to give character to its interior
We knew the painting, the wallpaper and the wall fabric. Fourth solution to cover an interior wall: facing stones which, by their mineral rendering, bring a real personality to a room. Igor Solart, founder and CEO of Orsol, explains all the details to us.
What is a wall facing stone?
It is about a covering of approximately 2 centimeters thick, made of reconstituted stone, or plaster imitating natural stone, slate or brick. Reconstituted stone is therefore a mineral product, very solid and with a very natural appearance, which is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. Plaster products are lighter, less expensive but more fragile. There are also natural stones, more noble, but offered in large formats only and which does not have the immediate patina that can be given to industrial products. The facing stones are very thin, it is not necessary to modify the structure of the openings - doors and windows - or the decor that goes around. They can be placed on many supports: plasterboard, cement plaster, paneling, chipboard, aerated concrete and even on old tiles by adding a bonding resin.
What can you do in decoration with facing stones in a house or apartment?
The facing stone adapts to many projects. It can be treated in a classic way to give the illusion that a wall was built in natural stone, with antique furniture and traditional floors. But we can also shift it and bring it to a more contemporary universe, associated with glass, metal, concrete. The rendering is then very interesting because it allows to bring heat to a room that would otherwise have been visually cold. The facing stone is ideal for restyling an interior. In general, we only make one wall. This is enough to completely change the atmosphere of a room and thus avoid the total look.
How are facing stones laid?
Using a serrated spatula, the wall is coated with adhesive mortar, otherwise called "adhesive", approximately m² by m², then the stones are placed one by one by pushing them lightly into the coating. The larger the stones, the faster it is. The products being irregular, like stone in its natural state, they tolerate small installation faults which even add charm to the whole. We can have fun creating patterns, with briquettes, in particular. Then, using a joint pocket filled with joint mortar, the stones are joined, as a pastry chef would do. After having allowed to dry for one or two hours, we rub with a quackgrass brush to remove the excess and smooth the joint. Certain stones, such as the Brecy stone and the Causse stone, may not be joined.
Is it easy to install yourself?
It's easy and fast. Someone with experience will install around 10 m² per day. A beginner may only have 5 m² the first day but 10 m² the next day. You get used to it very quickly. Orsol delivers the stones per half m². Thus, each package weighs only about 15 kg, which makes it easy to handle, as does the adhesive mortar, sold in 15 kg buckets. But you can also have your facing stones laid by a mason or a tiler.
What is the price ?
For a plaster-based product, you have to count from 20 to 35 € per m². For a mineral-based product, 30 to 70 € per m². And for natural stone, from 40 to 120 €.
Where can you buy facing stones?
They are mainly found in building trading stores such as Point P, Gedimat, etc. Some tiling distributors also offer them. On the other hand, they are more rarely found in large DIY stores. To see achievements: www.orsol.fr