Most common exterior paint problems

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Exterior paints have to be made of hardier stuff than their interior relatives. They have to be able to endure everything the weather can throw at them – whether that’s freezing cold or blisteringly hot temperatures, adverse weather conditions or even the more mundane, everyday occurrences of buffeting wind and rain. Because of these combative conditions, there are a lot of things that can cause exterior wall paint to deteriorate and a whole range of technical terms to describe them. To walk you through a few of these issues, the reasons why they appear, and how to ensure they never reappear, we have produced this post that sheds some light on two of the most common exterior paint problems.

Alligatoring

Alligatoring sounds a lot more exciting than the effect it actually describes, but it is nonetheless an apt comparison. It’s named after the reptile skin-like impression due to the effect it leaves on your home’s exterior. It causes the exterior to crack haphazardly into deep grooves, in much the same pattern as you’d expect to see on an alligator’s back.

Usually, alligatoring is the result of two incompatible paints being applied over one another; a glossy or hard oil enamel directly over a latex-based paint for example. It can also occur when the second layer of paint is applied before the first one has had enough time to fully dry. Oil paints, in particular, are especially vulnerable to alligatoring. Over time, they gradually lose their elasticity, making them susceptible to fluctuations in temperature.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is the chemical term for white, powdery salt deposits that materialise on a painted surface. When water gets into a surface, salts from the brick or concrete dissolve. When the water later evaporates, these salts reappear on the outside of the surface as crystalline deposits. The solution to this problem is simple: keep water out of your home’s walls.

The solution?

Alligatoring and efflorescence might seem like quite disparate issues, but their genesis can be ascribed to the same root problem: a lack of due diligence on the part of the person doing the painting. Either they didn’t use the right kind of paint or their method of application was incorrect.

Rather than shouldering this responsibility yourself, or hiring someone without a track record of success, you should instead turn to an experienced and reputable exterior wall coatings company to complete the job. With a skilled team adept at handling a range of exterior wall painting projects efficiently, All Weather Coating is just that. Get in touch today to organise a site visit.

An Alternative to On-going Maintenance

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Maintaining a flawless home exterior can be an extremely trying task. The weather ensures that demands on the homeowner are always precipitously high. Regular upkeep will remedy damage for a time, but it won’t stop it from returning. Without a more comprehensive solution, the spectre of damage will continue to haunt your home. All Weather Coating’s weatherproof coatings, backed by a 25-year guarantee, have been able to provide homeowners throughout London and its surrounding areas with a prolonged period of respite.  To walk you through the alternative to on-going maintenance, we have put together this post.

The problems

Every conceivable kind of weather can harm your home’s exterior. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sun, snow, sleet, ice, wind or rain; they’re all capable of inflicting damage. The UK experiences the full gamut of the elements, making it no surprise that UK homeowners suffer from an equally broad range of problems. There are, however, a few issues that stand out as being more commonplace than others: cracked render, penetrating damp, and of course, general wear and tear (which covers all fractures, scrapes, and scratches). Repairing cracked render, resolving a damp problem and rejuvenating a tired surface are well within All Weather Coating’s capabilities.

The process

All Weather Coating is uncompromising in its attention to detail. The meticulousness of their approach is encapsulated in the very first step of their application process – the survey stage. After liaising with a member of their team to arrange a site visit, a group will be dispatched to scrutinize your home’s exterior for flaws and vulnerabilities. With every scrape and scratch documented, their team of experts, further down the line, are able to carry out their repairs without running the risk of overlooking even a single blemish.

In its entirety, the All Weather Coating process is too large detail in this blog post, but to summarise; it involves a repair stage, a cleaning stage and a waterproofing stage followed by the application of the weatherproof coatings themselves. You can read about the whole process here.

The results

The difference in a property before and after a visit from All Weather Coating is startling. The transformative impact of the wall coating process is catalogued here. As well as curing any existing issues, the All Weather Coating process improves the exterior of your home’s durability. Going forward, it will be able to weather the elements and emerge unscathed, resigning the days of constantly working to keep your home’s exterior intact to history. The 25-year guarantee that accompanies the application of their exterior wall coatings is evidence of the strength of the company’s belief in the quality of their service and the materials they use.

Questions?

To organise a site visit, contact us by email or phone. Similarly, if you have any unresolved questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of All Weather Coating’s team will be more than happy to field any queries or concerns. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing from you shortly!

Property damage: most common causes

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Sustaining damage to your property is a disaster. And, as much as we believe we have prepared to account for every eventuality, sometimes we are completely helpless. Faced with the irresistible force of the elements, our home’s defences can very quickly be rendered inadequate. Sometimes we only have ourselves to blame: a failure to act quickly enough to neutralise a potential threat or purely through accidental means. A detailed understanding of the most likely threats to your home gives you the ability to better prepare your home to weather these threats and come out the other side unscathed.

Accidental damage

From the series of storms we’ve had to brave in 2018 thus far, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the weather was the most likely cause of property damage. In reality though, we are more likely to be levelling blame at ourselves for damage, rather than the elements. Data collated by a range of home insurance websites makes it clear that accidental damage is actually the number one cause in the UK.

Mistakes are an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Some mistakes are easier to forgive than others. Spilling a glass of water that ruins a laptop? Forgivable. An ill-advised attempt at DIY that leads to damage? Much harder to forgive. Botched DIY jobs account for a sizeable portion of accidental damage claims, which only demonstrates the importance of leaving certain jobs to the experts. Foremost amongst them is painting the outside of your home. And, as regular readers will know, All Weather Coating is more than well suited to accomplish this task effectively.

Escape of water

The second most frequent cause of property damage is normally a preventable one – escape of water. Outside of freak accidents, escaping water is usually the result of a burst pipe, which is entirely avoidable. When temperatures grow cold, the water that courses through the pipes that service homes can freeze, causing the pipes to burst in the process. The homeowners that fail to take the prerequisite precautionary mistakes suffer the inevitable fallout. Ensuring that these pipes are properly insulated isn’t the most arduous ordeal to go through to prevent such a costly outcome.

Storm damage

Storm damage, perhaps surprisingly, has to settle for third place in the property damage stakes. Global warming has only intensified the already drastic impact storms can have, and yet, here it is languishing down in third place – just how adept are we at damaging our own homes?

Met Office climate models, based on the minimum expected increase of global temperatures (1.5°C), have predicted that global warming is expected to raise the cost of windstorm destruction by more than a third in certain parts of the country. The increasing power of the wind is reason enough to ensure your home is outfitted with weatherproof coatings, but when you factor in the equally destructive power of floods, it becomes essential.

Get in touch

If you are looking to protect your home for damage for up to 25 years, it is well worth considering what All Weather Coating have to offer: a tried and tested exterior wall coating service. Equally, if you have already been on the receiving end of property damage, they can help repair cracked render and a worn exterior. Get in touch by calling or emailing today!

 

How much time are you wasting painting your home?

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Painting the exterior of your property, in its entirety, is right up there with the most time-consuming DIY tasks. Just acquiring the right equipment – the perfect shade of off-white paint, a suitably sized ladder, the dustsheets you need to protect the rest of your home from stray flecks of paint, can take days. Actually doing the painting is laborious. Each side of the house is a project in itself, making completing all four a gargantuan effort. Straining to reach the uppermost corners of your home’s exterior is taxing, not to mention hazardous. All of the risk you have to shoulder, as well as the massive amount of time you have to invest, makes painting your home’s exterior an unenviable pursuit. Why do it yourself when you can entrust the task to specialists? They’ll do a better job and they’ll do it quicker.

For All Weather Coating, and many other wall coating specialists besides, a complete exterior painting job takes days and days. There is a preparation stage, a repair stage, a cleaning stage and a waterproofing stage – all before the weatherproof wall coatings can be applied. If it takes a professional team of specialists at least several days, how long is it going to take you? For the purposes of this post, in which we are going to contemplate some of the more desirable things you could be doing in the time it would take you to paint your home’s exterior, we are going to assume that this length of time is about two weeks. Assuming you work 7 hours a day, that’s 98 hours. What could that time more profitably be spent doing?

Fly to the moon

Apollo 11 launched on 16th July 1969 and landed on 20th July 1969. Travelling at a rate of around 7 miles per second, it took the spacecraft 75 hours and 56 minutes to enter the orbit around the moon, and an additional 33 hours, 44 minutes for mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin to set foot on the moon. You would spend less time travelling to the moon than you would, perched precariously at the top of your home, straining and stretching to paint your home’s eaves!

Watch the entirety of Breaking Bad… and its prequel Better Call Saul

Including its prequel Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad narrative spans eight years: from 2002 to 2010. Better Call Saul follows the trials and tribulations of the ethically dubious lawyer Jimmy McGill while Breaking Bad charts Walter White’s evolution from chemistry teacher to meth kingpin. The latter sees the two characters mix in the same circles. Both series are critically acclaimed and universally adored. In the 98 hours it would take you to paint your home’s exterior, you could watch both series in their entirety… and still have 4 hours left over.  The Better Call Saul series, to date, clocks in at around 32 hours while Breaking Bad lasts around 62 hours.

Watch Breaking Bad or fly to the moon? Regardless of their relative worth as accomplishments, they are both infinitely more desirable pursuits than attempting to paint the exterior of your home single-handedly. Next time you consider painting your home’s exterior on your own, just think of the sheer amount of time you’d have to invest – and how else you could spend that time!

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How to boost the value of your home with external wall coatings

Boosting house values with exterior wall coatings

Have you ever considered making some changes to your home to increase its value? Almost all of us have, but very few of us take steps to actually realise these ambitions. It is understandable though; where there’s money on the line there is a genuine element of risk involved.

Investing your hard-earned cash into a project that doesn’t pay dividends is nothing short of disastrous. To prove the old adage ‘you’ve got to spend money to make money’ true, we have put together this list of ways you can boost the value of your home.

Identifying and remedying existing problems

Increasing the value of your property starts with identifying any existing issues. No one wants to buy a property plagued by problems. Once they’ve been identified, whatever they may be: damp-prone walls, missing roof tiles, or an unkempt garden, they need to be rectified as quickly as possible. If damp has been a persistent issue, it is an issue that needs prioritising.

Penetrating damp can very quickly lay waste to your home. If it does manage to infiltrate your home’s defences, a sodden floor is the very least of your problems. Damp, at its worst, can even cause respiratory problems.

To ward off damp and its ill-effects, it is well worth considering applying external wall coatings. Weatherproof and designed to last for at least 25 years, they are an extremely effective way to shore up your home’s defences and keep damp out of your home.

Make the most of space

The single most effective way to add value to your home is to simply make better use of the space available to you. There are a number of different ways to do so: loft conversions and kitchen extensions are just two of many.  In the UK though, one of the most wasteful uses of space is a garage. 90% of British garages don’t even contain a car, making their overhaul one of the best ways to boost the value of your home. Swapping out a garage for more living space is ideal for bettering the way your home uses space.

Sometimes, it is even worth sacrificing some of the aesthetic appeals of your home for a practical purpose. In an area where parking is at a premium, it can be a worthwhile move to forsake your garden in favour of a driveway. Providing potential buyers with something that is in great demand is a financially astute move.

The importance of colour

Everyone is aware that the appearance of a property is undoubtedly a defining factor in determining its worth. Even so, you’d be surprised how much of an impact something as little as the colour of an exterior can play in creating value. In the US, greige (grey and beige) exteriors sold for $1526 more on average. Meanwhile, brown (medium brown, taupe or stucco) exteriors sold for $1970 less on average. Subtle tonal differences can actually play a pivotal role.

Combat mechanical weathering with external wall coatings

The weather exerts a constant pressure on your home’s exterior – a pressure it is expected to be able to withstand. Physical weathering and chemical weathering are both means by which the weather can inflict damage on your home.

Protecting your home from this dual threat is ordinarily far from straightforward task. All Weather Coating, however, have developed a startlingly effective countermeasure that consistently bats away anything the weather has to throw at it. To introduce you to this weathering panacea, as well as the variety of risks the weather poses to your home, we have produced this short guide to combatting mechanical weathering.

Mechanical weathering

Also known as physical weathering, mechanical weathering essentially buffets your home until it begins to disintegrate. Thermal stress weathering and frost weathering are two of the most common forms of mechanical weathering.

Thermal stress weathering

As you can probably guess from the name, thermal stress exerts its influence over a surface through heat. It isn’t just the intensity of heat that causes damage though; it is the rapid and continued cycling between high and low temperatures. High temperatures cause the surface to expand while low temperatures cause it to contract. This cycle of expansion and contraction causes the surface to fracture, most commonly by exfoliation, where the layers peel off one by one.

Frost weathering

Frost weathering, on the other hand, is equally reliant on swings in temperature to function but it affects your home’s walls in an entirely different manner. Frost weathering is the collective name for a number of different ice-related weathering processes: frost shattering, frost-wedging and freeze-thaw weathering. Freeze-thaw weathering begins when water seeps into a fracture in the brick. At night, when the temperature plummets and drops below zero, the water freezes and expands, further opening the fracture. The next day, when the temperature rises above zero, the ice melts, leaving behind a larger fracture than the one that was there the previous day.

How to prevent mechanical weathering from affecting your home

All Weather Coating’s approach to servicing your home is exhaustive and all-encompassing. The survey that is the opening act of our process ensures that any vulnerability – no matter how minuscule or seemingly obscured it may be – is identified. Because of this, any opportunity that the weather may have been able to exploit to damage your home is firmly extinguished.

Once these minor fractures have been rectified using special bonding primers and render, the surface can then be covered in a waterproof coating. Thanks to our highly skilled staff and a pump that carefully regulates the ratio of air to wall coating, our external wall coatings are applied with unerring precision. Our weatherproof coatings are imbued with hydrophobic silicone, which ensures that your home’s exterior is impervious to the advances of rain.

With All Weather Coating on side, you can rest assured that your home’s exterior is protected from mechanical weathering. Our 25-year guarantee is a testament to this!

What makes All Weather Coating Different?

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Searching for the most effective method to paint your home’s exterior can be a trying task. There is a wealth of information about the topic available online but how can you possibly whittle such an extensive list of options down to one? In this post, we’re going to cover the differences between DIY and professional approaches to painting the outside of a home, as well as the things that separate our own services from those of our competitors.

Why enlist the services of a company instead of taking a DIY approach?

If you’ve successfully painted your bathroom or kitchen before, don’t expect painting the entire exterior of your home to be a similarly straightforward experience. It isn’t as simple as picking up a can of waterproof paint, setting up a ladder and putting the time in. You need the right materials and a comprehensive understanding of the task ahead. Without these essentials, you are setting yourself up to fail.

The sole redeeming quality of taking the amateur approach is financial in nature. Materials aside, you don’t have to fork over any of your hard-earned cash to another party. And while this might seem like a financially astute move for the moment, long-term, it is far from sensible. An inexperienced, ill-informed and ill-equipped painter can only hope to accomplish little more than adequacy, leaving your home vulnerable to costly complications further down the line.

Why All Weather Coating?

All Weather Coating’s experience, know-how and quality have helped distinguish itself from its competitors. An independent, family-run business that has been serving customers in London and the Home Counties for almost two decades, All Weather Coating is a well-established wall coatings service.

Over the course of their time breathing new life into UK properties, All Weather Coating accrued a knowledgeable and experienced staff, all expertly trained in the use of advanced application equipment. Thanks to this, All Weather Coating is extremely well placed to paint your home’s exterior flawlessly.

Another reason All Weather Coating’s services have proved so popular is the guarantees that accompany any work they do complete. Their wall coating service is backed by a 25-year guarantee. Confidence in the durability of the external wall paint they use, the equipment they use to apply it, as well as the staff that carries out the work has made All Weather Coating a highly respected company.

What to do if you spot a crack in your home’s exterior

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The most unwelcome of house guests, cracked render is only ever greeted with a grimace. As with any other failing fixture in your home, it doesn’t take all that much for a great deal of anxiety about the sure-to-be costly solution to the problem to creep in. It doesn’t help that a crack in your home’s exterior seems like as major a problem as you are likely to encounter; it is literally a hole in your home’s defenses.  

Panicking, ill-advised on the matter and desperate for a short-term fix, it is far too easy to fall into the trap of paying an exorbitant sum for an ultimately unhelpful stopgap solution. At All Weather Coating, our twenty years’ experience repairing external rendered walls have allowed us to perfect a definitive response that will not only repair the affected area, but keep it from returning for a minimum of 25 years. To guide you through this process, from the initial shock of spotting cracked render, right through to the paint drying on your new, glossy, reinforced exterior, we have put together this guide to repairing cracked render walls.

Once you have successfully identified a crack in your home’s exterior render, there isn’t much time to spare. Left unattended, an insignificant looking tear in your exterior wall can quite quickly escalate into a more serious structural flaw. Even a tiny crack can allow water to seep into your home, which can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to your home – damp can be absolutely devastating. And once water has been granted access, you can’t exactly ask it to politely leave, the damage is already done. All of these issues stem from the cracked render, which hopefully demonstrates the importance of acting as quickly as possible.

You can contact us by phone, email or through the contact form on our website, whichever you prefer. From there, we can organise a date for our team to visit your home, hear your concerns and fully assess the affected area. Mapping the presence of any flaws in your home’s exterior allows us to formulate a detailed plan of the work to be done. Upon your approval, work can begin.

Prior to work on the affected area commencing in full, the rest of your home has to be covered. With windows, doors and all other at-risk areas suitably outfitted in protective paper and tape, the team can then start repairing cracks in external rendered walls. A combination of special bonding primers, sand and cement account for larger cracks while epoxy resin is used to fill smaller ones.

Exterior wall rendering repair work having been completed, the area is then thoroughly cleaned. Grime, moss, algae and flaking paint are removed using a wire brush, leaving a paint-ready surface behind. With a pump that allows its wielder to meticulously control the ratio of air to the weatherproof coating applied to a surface, a member of our team will coat your home’s exterior in wall coatings of your preferred texture and colour.

The experience of our staff, the sophistication of our equipment and the quality of our wall coatings all combine to distinguish our own service from that of our competitors. If you are in need of house rendering in London, All Weather Coating is the only choice.

The All Weather Coating application process

At All Weather Coating, we try to be as transparent as possible about the work that we do. Where possible, we like to give prospective customers a clear picture of our process. One of the ways that we can accomplish this is through our blog. That is why we have decided to lay out our application process in its entirety – from start to finish. Armed with this information, prospective customers have a better understanding of how our wall coating service unfolds and what to expect when the time comes to treat their own home. Without further delay then, here is how we apply textured exterior wall coatings to a home.

Calling us or sending us an email is enough to get the ball rolling, and before long, we will send a team out to your residence to conduct a full survey. Our team will slowly make their way around the affected area, taking care to note any faults or flaws. After consulting with you to get your thoughts on what kind of change you’d like to see in your property, we create a plan of the work that is to be completed.

As with any project, preparation is key – and we certainly don’t neglect its importance at All Weather Coating. We go to great lengths to ensure that unaffected parts of the home aren’t inadvertently damaged or covered in paint. Paths and gardens are protected by dustsheets; doors, windows, gutters and walls with paper and tape.

Once we are satisfied that the rest of your home is sufficiently out of harm’s way, we can start repairing cracks in external rendered walls. Using the original survey as a guide, our team will locate all noted faults. Small cracks are then filled in with adhesive epoxy resin while bigger cracks are patched up using a combination of bonding primers and sand and cement mixture. Previously rendered sections of the wall are treated in the same way to ensure a uniform finish – with bonding primers, sand and cement mixture. If it is a pebbledash wall we are dealing with, we spray grit into the treated surface to maintain consistency throughout. Damaged pointing is raked out and replaced.

The repair work having been completed, it is then time to clean the treated surface. Over time, grime, moss and algae accumulates on exterior walls. To rid your home of this unwelcome build-up, we use a wire brush. In the same way, flaking paint is removed.

After exterior wall repair and the cleaning process have concluded, our exterior house painters can then begin waterproofing your home using external wall coatings in a colour and texture of your choice. Outfitted with specialist equipment that allows the ratio of coating to air to be controlled, our experienced team will apply weatherproof coatings to your home’s exterior with great precision, resulting in a flawless finish. Once the masking has been removed, the process is complete.

To speak to one of our team about our wall coating service, you can contact us by phone, email or through this contact form.