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Riverstone is SSQ’s sensational architectural stone product – not slate, but phyllite, made harder, denser and stronger by millions more years spent underground.
Riverstone might make for an outstanding roofing material – but that’s far from the only context it excels. Due to its satin phyllitic sheen appearance, coarse grain and naturally riven surface that makes it more slip-resistant than natural slate, Phyllite is extremely versatile, making it a perfect product for flooring, cladding, stairs, skirting, patios, worktops and even swimming pools.Download the Phyllite brochure
Riverstone phyllite has been used as the material of choice for stone cladding projects around the world. Thanks to its attractive phyllitic sheen and unique shade of grey, it has helped to make some of the most distinctive architectural projects a complete success.
When it comes to cladding, it’s not all about appearance. Cladding stone materials are constantly exposed to the elements. Therefore, they need to act as a protective layer for the building exterior. Fortunately, Riverstone is extremely weather resistant. It will repel heavy rain and act as a barrier against strong winds, shielding the building’s exterior and preventing damage. Riverstone phyllite is also non-combustible so will never cause a fire risk.
Riverstone is a stunning product used by prestigious venues all around the world – like the Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin, The Four Seasons hotel in New York, the Hilton in Helsinki, the Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau, and hundreds of luxury homes around the world.discuss your project
Cladding materials must undergo strict checks to ensure they are safe for use. Following the devastating Grenfell tragedy, fire safety regulations for all types of cladding, including stone cladding, have become even stricter. Materials used on buildings over 18 metres in height must now meet British Standards for how combustible they are.
Natural slate including Riverstone phyllite, however, is exempt from testing. This is because, for many years natural slate has been repeatedly tested and proven to be 100% non-combustible. Wherever roofing or cladding products must meet the new fire-safe standards, natural slate is now one of the most popular materials.find out more
Riverstone phyllite is an excellent material for exterior flooring projects. Its strength, density and durability make it capable of withstanding decades of use as a patio area or external pathway. It is highly weather resistant and will not deteriorate in quality or appearance, even when exposed to the harshest weather conditions.
As mentioned above, Riverstone phyllite has a coarse grain and naturally riven surface. This makes it the perfect material for exterior flooring as it has a high slip resistance capacity. Even when it is wet, Riverstone phyllite is one of the safest exterior flooring materials available today. For both residential and commercial outdoor flooring, Riverstone is a great choice.Get in touch
Stone cladding can be a good option for both interior and exterior applications. Natural stone is a durable and versatile material with a natural and timeless look that can enhance the appearance of any building. It also provides an extra layer of insulation, helping to reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.
Stone cladding can withstand harsh weather conditions and it is a long-lasting option for both residential and commercial buildings. However, proper installation is important to prevent issues such as moisture penetration or cracking over time.
Stone cladding installations require a foundation to support the weight of the wall, whether it is a building facade or a garden retaining wall. A solid footing is necessary to ensure that the end result is not compromised. It is crucial to ensure that the substrate is of good quality to prevent any issues.Contact us
When you work with SSQ, you get so much more than world-class slate and architectural stone.
Over the last forty years, we’ve built up a huge amount of expertise covering natural slate, roofing, geology, specifications and so much more – and you can benefit from that, along with case studies, CAD drawings, technical PDFS and a wealth of other support, on our Professional Resources centre.
Booking a CPD
At SSQ, we love sharing our decades of natural slate expertise with architects, and our CPDs are always extremely popular.
On our RIBA-approved Why Specify Slate CPD, you’ll learn about:
… and a whole lot more.
If you’re interested in booking a place on our next CPD, simply fill in this form.
Millions of SSQ slates have been installed by customers all over the world – and with a team of dedicated quality controllers based at our Spanish and Argentinian sites, our company’s uncompromising commitment to supplying only the best ensures our Del Carmen slate meets the most exacting international standards.
Outstanding natural slate and stone, forty years of expertise, and a series unbeatable guarantees make SSQ one of the best suppliers on Earth.Enquire Today