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The redevelopment of the Mildura Rowing Club in Victoria features Cemintel Barestone prefinished panels. Architect: Nairn Architecture. Photography: Cody Ellis Photography.

Cemintel Barestone is an alternative cladding solution that does not compromise on performance or aesthetics. Architect: Nairn Architecture. Photography: Cody Ellis Photography.

The raw concrete look of Cemintel Barestone beautifully complements other natural materials such as timber. Architect: Nairn Architecture. Photography: Cody Ellis Photography.

Cemintel Barestone prefinished panels

In the face of projected sustained growth, the industry demand for fast, efficient construction materials that don’t compromise on performance or aesthetics is increasing. Architects and builders are searching for alternatives to conventional materials such as aluminium composite panels (ACP) that respond to the current construction climate.

Barestone is one such alternative solution and is well suited to the demands of high-speed contemporary construction. Barestone prefinished panels offer significant aesthetic and performance benefits in comparison to ACP cladding – alongside significant peace of mind.

“Barestone is simply beautiful because it is an honest building material, in much the same vein as brick,” says Kim Roughan, National Marketing Manager for Cemintel. “Architects and design professionals enjoy working and creating with Barestone as it is made predominantly from natural materials, it is very versatile given its large format and ability to be shaped, and it blends effortlessly into the environment for which it has been chosen.”

“It works beautifully with other natural materials such as timber or brick and the way it reflects light is quite stunning, whether it’s diffused or direct,” says Roughan.

Barestone started as an external facade product that quickly piqued the interest of the design community. Three years after it was launched, Barestone Internal started being specified for commercial interiors and several years on has now taken a place in the residential sector.

As the “fifth wall” trend emerged, Barestone extended into internal ceiling and soffit specification. This trend of wall materials being used in these “up” spaces seemed a natural progression for Barestone. A number of retail spaces have already incorporated it into their refurbs.

Barestone continues to evolve as new technologies become available. The coating is being upgraded for improved performance. Up until now, Barestone External has been water resistant, while Barestone Internal has offered stain resistance. Cemintel looks forward to offering an all-encompassing Barestone product that can be used in both internal and external applications, with improved water and stain resistance as well as partial chemical resistance. 

There is much more planned to make Cemintel Barestone even more versatile.