Rеthinking Coastal Facadеs: Why Porcеlain Outpеrforms Traditional Matеrials

For homeowners and architects seeking a facade that check the boxes of durability, beauty, and low maintenance, Stonelam’s porcelain slabs offer the solution. And here’s why Stonelam’s porcelain slabs are engineered to withstand these specific challenges that arise from coastal living.

Coastal homes face a unique challenge for their exterior facades. The relentless presence of moisture, salt in the air, and harsh UV rays can leave the exteriors of the homes looking worn and damaged within a few years. Some of the common issues that homeowners and architects in coastal areas face are:

Water Damage: Porous materials like stucco, brick, and some types of stone absorb moisture, leading to cracks, mold growth and even structural damage behind the facade.

Fading and Peeling: Coastal sunlight is incredibly strong. Many facade materials, especially those with paints or coatings, fade and peel with constant exposure.

Difficult Maintenance: Sea salt buildup causing staining of the exteriors require frequent cleaning with specialized products. Thus, repainting or repairs become necessary much sooner than expected.

Porcelain Slabs: A Coastal Facade Revolution, Solved by Stonelam

For homeowners and architects seeking a facade that check the boxes of durability, beauty, and low maintenance, Stonelam’s porcelain slabs offer the solution. And here’s why Stonelam’s porce

lain slabs are engineered to withstand these specific challenges that arise from coastal living:

  • Water Resistant: With a water porosity of less than 0.1%, Stonelam prevents water infiltration that can lead to mold, cracking, or damage. They also handle freezing temperatures without compromise, unlike natural stones or some composites.
  • Weatherproof: Sea spray and harsh UV rays, don’t stand a chance. Stonelam’s facade materials retain their color and integrity for the long-term, which is why we confidently offer a 25-Year warranty on our porcelain slabs.
  • Chemical Resistant: Stonelam’s porcelain slabs resists most household chemicals and many harsh cleaning agents that coastal homeowners might use to combat saltwater buildup.
  • Graffiti and Stain-Proof: Even the toughest stains and paints can be easily removed from Stonelam’s non-porous surface, ensuring your coastal home’s cladding always looks its best.

The Coastal Color and Style Palette

Coastal style evokes the breeziness of the beach, features an array of natural materials, and includes pieces that spotlight casual comfort and relaxation. Inspired by the colors of the beach, coastal style relies on a much neutral color palette.

Coastal living is meant to be enjoyed. Facade materials that minimize cleaning are essential for the relaxed lifestyle. Stonelam makes achieving all of this look easy.

Coastal Colors: You can choose from our array of porcelain slabs, inspired by the colors of shorelines and beach houses around the world. This includes bright whites, sandy blondes, pebble greys, as primary colors and additional beachy neutrals or pops of color for secondary colors. Blues and greens inspired by the clear skies, turquoise waters, or hints of brighter hues like sunshine yellow, classic coral, or even lobster red.

Inspired by Nature, Engineered for Life: Materials like wood or those that mimic natural stone add warmth to the outdoors. Porcelain’s incredible versatility allows us to mimic the look of these natural materials, helping you achieve that authentic coastal style without the maintenance headaches these materials come with.

An Interior and Exterior Solution: Porcelain slabs can transition seamlessly from your home’s exterior to interior spaces like patios, balconies, and bathrooms – creating a cohesive design.- Upgrade Your Coastal Home: Contact Stonelam today at customerservices@stonelam.com

Amit Mishra
May 17, 2024