From time to time we like to show off our work, not because we are big-heads (!) but because putting them online, and explaining what we did to each job, helps our potential clients choose a wall coating system that is right for them.
This modern detached house in Birmingham had been extensively extended over the years to cope with a growing family.
The house was in fairly good condition, but we did need to repair and replace some of the rendering, take off some flaking paint, and also repair some cracks in the walls that had appeared over time.
Here is what we did to the house, with photos of each stage.
We took some photos of each stage of the process to show you that we never cut corners in our work, and always finish each and every job to the highest standard possible.
The exterior of the house is part brick and part render as you can see.
The photo below shows the section which took most of the weather and was, as a result, full of cracked and hollow render which needed to be replaced by our plasterers.
Whilst one part of the application team were busy masking the house, our plasterer got to work removing the old render (and taking it away from the site), and the reinstating of the smooth render finish as you can see in some of the photos.
This presented a challenge in so far as because we were only painting the top half of the house (the render), while the bottom of the house (unpainted brick) had to be masked up and covered to avoid any overspray from the application of the protective weatherproof exterior wall coatings.
The challenge of only painting the TOP half of a house.
This type of contract for any wall coating company can admittedly be rather tricky as a tremendous amount of masking and covering up to the lower brickwork or stonework is necessary even before we start any of the preparation schedule.
To highlight the sheer amount of work that goes into protecting the unpainted brickwork below, here is another view of our masking up!
If you think that looks tricky, can you imagine trying to do this sort of prep work when it is windy?!
Even the slightest breeze can totally mess up our masking work, so we often cut very small holes in the middle of the paper or the sheeting when wind is expected and then stick tape over the holes, meaning that the paper does not flap in the win and then tear, so there you are, I have let another trade secret out of the bag!
Masking and more masking!
The photo below shows quite well the need to mask a house very thoroughly before we do any painting or spraying.
Time to apply the coating
After the whole house was masked up and protected, we applied (by hand) a weatherproof primer coating, and then spray applied a thick coat of fine textured masonry wall coating.
This is the same view as above but finished, and with a super flexible coating of Wethertex NEVER PAINT AGAIN textured wall coating.
The coatings is flexible and breathable and unlike some thick render coatings that can seal the house up, these Water Vapour Permeable Coatings make sure the walls breathe easy!
Here is another shot from a different viewpoint, of the finished, newly painted house.
The owners, predictably, were very pleased!
Here are some final shots of the finished house in all its glory!
This is the rear of the house
Finally here is a photo of the front of the house, which is a stark difference from what we saw earlier on!