A Full Range of Standard and Bespoke Surfaces
Render or Stucco offers almost infinite design possibilities in terms of texture, colour, sheen, applied additives and bespoke techniques. There are two types of render finishes:
Mineral render (sand-cement-lime) renders can provide a facade's surface with a heterogeneous character but are recommended to be overcoated, due in part to the risk of efflorescence and also in order achieve consistency and more intense, bright colours.
Sto is best known for being a pioneer in the development of synthetic cement-free renders, which are pre-mixed, through coloured, flexible and offering a consistent colour tone as well as ensuring that minor knocks and chips are not obvious.
The materials are available with Acrylic, Silicone or Silicate binders as well as with a range of intelligent technology attributes.
Customised Render Surfaces
Textures + Effects = Endless Possibilities
StoSignature allows you to put unique surfaces into effect via a logical and systematic approach to application. Available for facades and for specific acoustic surfaces.
A systematic approach
The methodology behind StoSignature is simple.- Start with a texture, either a single product or combination of products, tools or techniques, choose either a colour within the material or as a coating to provide either a sheen or glaze appearance, and finally add a variety of effect particles into the moist finish.
Our 3D facade elements and profiles are manufactured using StoVerolith, a perlite based material that can be used as either a monolithic board or hollow section profile.
The monolithic, light-weight perlite-based material Verolith is available as standard architectural profiles or it may be cut using state of the art computer aided manufacturing processes.
See an overview of standard and bespoke 3D facade elements and profiles
Glass rainscreen cladding offers a surprising number of options –reflectivity, colour and form, are now supplemented by state of the art digital printing techniques, offering the opportunity of transferring the digital to the physical.
See an overview of standard and bespoke possibilities in glass rainscreen
Our StoBrick portfolio includes a range of authentic clay brick slips created by the same processes used to create a traditional brick. These include slips cut from hand moulded or water struck bricks, but we also offer tiles created using an extrusion process.
Additionally we also offer the ability to pre-manufacture either an impression of brick surfaces or free-form shapes using as a basis our own cement-free and extremely flexible render.
Good acoustics need to be more than seen to be heard - as they have a similar appearance to standard surfaces and finishes. At our materials resource library in Clerkenwell there is the opportunity to experience our acoustic systems and finishes which are installed throughout.
The acoustic properties increase not only the comfort level of a space, but they can also increase the productivity and wellbeing of the people that occupy them.
Book our RIBA Approved CPD 'Achieving good Acoustics'
Intelligent Technology Finishes
Using nature and techniques of biomimicry, Sto scientists have developed a range of Intelligent Technology Finishes to provide tangible benefits to facade surfaces. Each technology when applied to the appropriate environmental demand placed on a building can support: Cleaner facades (StoColor Lotusan); breaking down NOx pollutants (StoColor Photosan); quick drying facades (StoColor Dryonic) and heat management on dark coloured facades (StoColor X-Black).
Choice of colour
Our render, plaster and acoustic finishes are through-coloured meaning that the inevitable scratches chips and other minor damage caused by the day to day use of a building are not obvious.
In order to give you the best possible representation compared to a flat colour card, we have 460 through-tinted samples available in our material library in Clerkenwell, London.
Likewise, white is not always white and the luminance of a material is effected by its binders and raw materials so the Werkstatt makes it as convenient as possible to compare colours, textures and effects all in one place.
Download files from the StoColor system in formats for photoshop, illustrator, sketchup, JPG and more.
How can I help?
Your Sto specification support team in Central London
Grant Littlejohn International projects
Nam Lall South London
James Gosling Acoustic & interior system
Ian Sired (Greater) East London
Darren Greenwell Glass Rainscreen Systems
Amy Croft Curator of Sto Werkstatt