Artificial slate for the facade: What are the advantages?

Slate facades are by no means out of fashion, on the contrary: In certain areas they are even particularly popular, even in new buildings or as a product of a thorough renovation. For several decades, the expensive natural product has been accompanied by an inexpensive alternative that also attracts homeowners whose budget is rather moderate.

What speaks for an artificial slate facade?

Of course, you can simply plaster and paint your facade, but that's probably not enough for you. They prefer something special, a panel that looks classy and lasts for a long time.

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Let's take a look at the advantages that artificial slate can offer you on the facade. These have already convinced many people to get at least an offer from a specialist company:

  • relatively authentic slate look
  • low dead weight
  • Fastening already pre-cut
  • for ventilated facades
  • homogeneous in color
  • long-term weather protection
  • much cheaper than real slate

Why does an artificial slate facade have to be ventilated from behind?

Let's take up the keyword »ventilated facade« at this point. The name comes up all the time in connection with artificial slate for the exterior wall, and there is good reason for that.

If the artificial slate lay directly on the facade, this would severely restrict the breathability of the walls. The result: accumulation of condensation water and, most likely, also mold growth.

That is why experts attach the artificial slate to a substructure that allows air to circulate between the cladding and the wall. In this way, the moisture is removed and your outer walls stay nice and dry.

There are also disadvantages to cladding made of artificial slate?

On closer inspection, the artificial slate can be distinguished from the natural slate. The artificially produced slabs are remarkably homogeneous, while numerous differences can be seen in natural slate.

Real slate is also more durable than artificial slate. However, the significantly lower price makes up for these disadvantages: Many homeowners can even afford slate cladding simply because of the lower costs.

Tips & Tricks Artificial slate for the facade is actually also available in the form of "do-it-yourself kits". The individual panels are handy and prepared in such a way that they can be easily attached to the substructure. Natural slate, on the other hand, is a lot more difficult to handle.