Technical Advice and Stone Testing

No matter whether it's density, compressive strength or slip resistance, our team of natural stone experts know our stones inside out and can advise on all aspects of natural stone testing.
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Technical Advice and Stone Testing

As the name indicates, natural stone is a natural product. This means that the properties of each stone can change as we work through the quarry beds due to variations in how the stone was formed and the mineral composition of each seam. All of our stones are regularly tested in order to ensure that the technical data we provide is as up to date as possible, and we are able to provide samples for testing should your project require this. We work closely with natural stone testing facilities and can arrange to have additional testing carried out on your behalf should you require this.

The testing that each stone requires will be dependent on its intended purpose (there’s not much use in checking the slip resistance of an arch or the frost resistance of a fire surround). Our team can work with your structural engineer to identify the required testing for your stone, and if this had already been carried out on one of our stones we can supply you with the technical data. We do recommend that individual, up to date testing is carried out on certain projects on a contract by contract basis, especially where the results are key to the integrity of the finished system (for example, thin cladding rail systems). 

As a general rule, we would always recommend that natural stone is self supporting rather than structural, and would recommend speaking to a structural engineer if you are unsure whether your chosen natural stone is suitable for your project. 

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Cumbrian Stone Ltd

Montal Place

Gilwilly Industrial Estate

Penrith, Cumbria

CA11 9FE

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Monday – Thursday

8.00 – 17.00

Closed Friday to Sunday


01768 867867