Stone is an extremely elegant material, with exceptional decorative properties, versatile use and outstanding technical parameters. It is firm, resistant to damage and the influence of external factors, characterised by both non-flammability and fragility when misused. When laying stone cladding on walls and facades, it is often necessary to cut individual elements in order to fit them properly. Find out how to cut stone cladding.
Cutting stone cladding mechanically
The most commonly used method of cutting stone is mechanical cutting. For this purpose, use a special tool, namely a saw. It is characterized by a notched blade. The blade is in direct contact with the material to be cut and penetrates into the structure. This is how you cut the stone into two parts. How to cut stone cladding with a saw? Today, handheld saws are replaced by chainsaws. The machines with solid diamond blades as the basic cutting elements. With such a tool, it is possible to minimize human interference and limit the force that a person had to put into manual cutting hard material.
Using a chainsaw is also relevant to protect the stone from crumbling. Friction generates high temperatures which could lead to cracking of the stone. To avoid this, keep the saw blade cool – you need water for this.
How to cut stone cladding using…water?
You already know how to cut stone cladding with a saw, which is a mechanical method. The alternative is to cut the stone cladding with water. This is a more advanced technique used more often by professionals than amateurs. For this purpose, we need a special tool designed for water cladding. It is designed to produce very high pressure, which can reach up to 4000 bar. The cutting head, on the other hand, has a small hole with a diameter of about 0.7 mm. This allows to obtain a sufficiently concentrated stream to cut the stone.
How to fit stone cladding?
Before starting the assembly work, you should know the basic rules on how to fit stone cladding. First of all, you should know the surface of the substrate on which the stone cladding will be installed. This will help you determine how much stone you will need. Lay the stone so that any cuttings are in the least visible places, e.g. right next to the substrate. The arrangement of the individual elements is also quite relevant. They differ in colour and structure. Therefore, you should learn about the existing differences and plan their proper arrangement beforehand.
Stone cladding can be cut using two methods; the simplest and easiest method is mechanical. While using it, you must be careful to avoid large temperature rise resulting in crumbling of the material.