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Exterior Cladding

Sandstone was obviously a extremely popular building material during the entire 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is a very attractive material and easily workable. The first stone masons were mostly of Scottish origin and did a roaring trade in South Africa, because of the popularity of sandstone as a constructing material. Sir Herbert Baker the well-known architect, was the cause of the appearance of most of the sandstone buildings of note in South Africa, of which there are lots of places of worship, government buildings, homesteads and of course the renowned Union Buildings in Pretoria, which was completed in 1913. Preceding to Baker, the locals simply hewed the stone from the mountain ranges of the eastern Free State in the creating of farmsteads and outbuildings, a few of which remains today. The sections of Fouriesburg, Clocolan, Ficksburg and surrounds remain the major supply of sandstone in an area where there are some spectacular samples of sandstone. There are numerous of sandstone buildings in Bethlehem and Bloemfontein of national importance, many of them designed by Herbert Baker. Supposedly the same stone mason was accountable for hewing all the stones for these buildings becoming a wealthy man asking 1 penny per stone.

It is using this backdrop that the exterior cladding of structures in sandstone has become preferred again as the manual work in creating the material no longer necessitates a stone mason, but instead machines to cast this product. Exterior cladding, today, even so, is rather more for ornamental purposes than that of functionality, but none the less makes a wonderful impact on remodeled houses and the appropriate style of new buildings. It is to be anticipated that the use of exterior cladding with stone products will remain with us and that even new releases might be created to mimic the granite stone of which so many farm residences were built too. Even such product used as exterior cladding would provide for the opportunity of decorating and cladding of lodges and the like in an authentic manner.