Walling covers the use of Portland Stone on all walls except cladding (see external cladding section). Load bearing walling is the traditional building method of Portland Stone and covered most external buildings until the onset of cladding in the late nineteenth century.
Walling is rarely used as the construction method for commercial buildings but is often used for smaller domestic properties, sometimes in combination with bricks. There are many different variations of this walling but we have divided them into three categories based on the product used:
The stones are cut ashlar blocks, which can be cut to the projects requirements.
Split Faced Walling
The stones have a cut top and bottom with a machine split face to give a natural appearance.
Hand Dressed Walling
To create a more rustic appearance, the edges of the Split Faced Walling can be hand pitched to create a convex face.
All walling stone can be used as a solid construction or cavity wall construction.
All products leaving our works are packed in a manner to ensure safe delivery to site.
It is important to remember that Portland Stone does not normally require cleaning to safeguard its durability, but we recommend that the stonework is inspected on an annual basis to check if any maintenance is required.
It is recommended in BS 8298 (albeit for cladding) that stone buildings are cleaned every 5 to 10 years.