Stone as light as feathers

Irish Stone

A stone finish is highly prized, not only for its unique look but because it’s tactile, hardwearing and generally easy to upkeep. The downside is that it’s heavy and expensive.

In comes Slate|Lite from Germany, which is now exclusively distributed in NI and ROI via Irish Stone. It’s stone that’s paper thin – around 2mm thick – flexible, and lightweight.

You can choose from three basic ranges: the sheet can have a fiberglass backing (Traditional), cotton backing which is extremely light weight (Eco-stone), or a translucent one which gives you the possibility of backlighting the sheet for special effect. There is a self-adhesive option for areas that won’t be exposed to water or high humidity. For damp areas one option is Glas, which has a glass coating, the other is to add impregnators, often used for external cladding.

Slate|Lite is applied to any sound surface with a proprietary adhesive. It’s heat resistant, suitable around stoves and fireplaces, and can even be repaired! As long as it’s a scratch or the cut isn’t too deep you can use the Slate|Lite repair kit which contains stone dust.

All sealants/impregnators come with a 10 year guarantee, general sheet sizes are 1220mm x 620mm (maximum sheet size is 2400mm x 1200mm). The total cost of ‘supply and fit’ will depend on the design but ‘supply only’ is from £90-£180 per sqm plus adhesive and accessories. And the design service is free!

For a lightweight, flexible and cost-effective stone finish contact Irish Stone, 26 Harry’s Road, Hillsborough, Co Down, BT26 6HJ, tel. 9268 9587,

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About Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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