Exterior Cladding for Interior Applications

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The aesthetics and performance attributes of siding materials can often serve a purpose for inside the home.
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Versetta Stone fireplace. All photos courtesy Boral

Siding, trim, and accessories are designed primarily for the home exterior, but the properties that make some materials ideal for those traditional uses can sometimes carry over to benefit the inside of the house. 

Consider these applications in which exterior materials can bring aesthetic or performance value on the inside of the home. 

Fireplaces

The beauty of a stone fireplace never falls out of favor, but installation challenges make it a prohibitive option for some projects. Panelized stone offers an easier path to creating eye-catching fireplace surrounds, combining the look and feel of stone with easy installation to deliver the dramatic look of a stone fireplace within reach.

For example, Versetta Stone panels install quickly without mortar and require no special tools. Each panel can be cut with a diamond blade and fastens to the wall with screws through the integrated nailing fin. As such, it does not require a mason for installation and can be installed by traditional siding contractors and carpenters. 

The Northmade Farmhouse, shown below, features a soaring two-story fireplace made with Versetta Stone Ledgestone in the Mission Point colorway, perfect for the new home’s modern-farmhouse vibe. 

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Because the panelized stone eliminates the messiest parts of masonry installation—with no lath, no scratch coat, and no mortar—they’re particularly helpful for remodeling projects. Cut the panels outside and pass them through the window.

And while stone fireplace surrounds require an artisan’s touch to lay out the stones so they look perfect and fit well together, panelized stone comes pre-configured in beautiful, authentic patterns. Corner pieces also make it easy to create a clean, finished look.

Accents and Backsplashes

Panelized stone also can provide a lightweight solution for kitchen backsplashes, adding a more rustic look in contrast to the contemporary aesthetic of subway tiles.

Exterior Cladding for Interior Applications Boral Building Products Versetta Stone backsplash

 The same opportunity can be found for creative accent walls—use the lightweight panels under or behind a home bar, add a cozy feel behind a freestanding tub, or create an eye-catching accent wall in the great room. 

Exterior Cladding for Interior Applications Boral Building Products Versetta Stone in Bathroom

Bathroom Trim and Moulding

For wet areas such as the bathroom, cellular PVC trim provides a moisture-resistant option that will help avoid the potential for cracking, chipping, or even rot. Along with crown moulding, PVC beadboard, such as that from Kleer Lumber, is ideal for creating clean, crisp wainscoting. The material also resists dirt and is easy to wipe clean if needed.

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Décor & Accessories

Even shutters can play a role in sprucing up the interior. A custom color such as that from Atlantic Premium Shutters or a reclaimed vintage piece can create a unique artpiece or be used to craft a one-of-a-kind mail holder. 

Visit Boral Building Products for information and inspiration on a variety of exterior and interior applications.