How to weatherproof your house

Weatherproof Wall Coating London

The weather poses an ever-present threat to our homes. And unfortunately, residence in the UK tethers our homes to experiencing more than its fair share of rainfall. Rainfall doesn’t discriminate – it is equally likely to accelerate the advance of penetrating damp horizontally through your walls as it is to overburden your gutters and drains to muscle its way into your home.

Damp, in whatever guise, can be devastatingly damaging. There are however, a host of ways you can safeguard your home against the weather. Distinguishing an effective defense from an ineffective one can be somewhat tricky – which is where we come in.

With close to 20 years’ experience weatherproofing homes, we are better positioned than most to offer the lessons we have learned and the tips and tricks of the trade we have picked up along the way – and that is exactly what we are going to do in this post. Without further ado, here are a number of ways you can effectively weatherproof your home.

Exterior wall coatings

Our most popular offering is our exterior wall coating service. You may be asking yourself: firstly, ‘what is an exterior wall coating?’ And secondly, ‘what is the difference between regular external paint and external wall coatings?’

An exterior wall coating is designed to bolster your home’s weather and water resistance. Unlike standard masonry paint, the composition of an exterior wall coating includes silicon and resin, which, as well as making it 20 times thicker than conventional paint, also makes it extremely durable.  

Not only is this product more than capable of fortifying your home against the weather, we are also happy to ensure that it is applied properly too. We will dispatch a team to survey your home before the application process begins. For more information on exactly how this works, visit this page.

Clear coatings

What service you require hinges on the state of your home. If it is in particularly bad shape, you are likely to want the traditional exterior wall coating service that simultaneously covers your home in a fresh coat of paint in the colour you desire.

From our extensive palette of available colours, you are sure to find one that you love. If however, you are content with the appearance of your home’s exterior, but are instead concerned about its ability to fend off the weather, you may well be better off with a clear coating. Clear coat paint from All Weather Coating possesses all of the same benefits as the standard offering, just without any of the associated design alterations.

No matter the state of your home and the weather it may have to endure, we are confident that at All Weather Coating we can find a solution.

Regardless of the kind of wall coating you go for, you can rest assured that it will stand the test of time – all of our coatings are guaranteed to last for 25 years. To book a site visit today, call us on 0800 169 2049, email info@allweathercoating.co.uk or visit our contact page.

What is the difference between exterior masonry paint and exterior wall coatings?

Exterior Masonry Paint Services

There are a number of reasons why you might be looking to resurface the exterior of your home. The brickwork could be beginning to wear away, you might have noticed the appearance of damp, your home may not be quite as well insulated as you would like it to be or, more simply, your paintwork could be flaking and peeling away.

Any of these reasons are as valid as the other for seeking an exterior wall covering solution and any could have led you to ponder the question: what is the difference between exterior masonry paint and exterior wall coatings? Well, you’ve come to the right place; we have close to 20 years’ experience fitting weatherproof wall coatings throughout London and the Home Counties and are more than qualified to clarify the differences.

Why is paint unsuitable for exterior walls?

Typical masonry paint is woefully under-equipped to cover the exterior walls of your home. It simply isn’t composed of hardy enough chemicals to mount a serious defence against the weather.

The thinness of normal paint also doesn’t do it any favours. As well as being far too thin to endure the daily wear and tear imposed on it by the elements, regular paint provides insufficient to properly insulate your home. There should be more to exterior wall coverings than mere appearance.

What separates wall coatings from masonry paint?

Unlike typical masonry paint, weatherproof coatings are custom designed with the explicit intention of protecting your home from the elements. By keeping our finger on the pulse of the latest developments in weatherproofing technology, we always strive to ensure our wall coatings are as weather-resistant as current technology will allow.

One example of this ambition being realised is the incorporation of silicone into our wall coatings. Silicone has demonstrated a superb ability to repel water. It also has the rare distinction of also allowing water vapour to pass freely through it, which is useful for two reasons. One:  any water vapour that forms within the home will be able to leave before it has the chance to accumulate and form damp. Two: the sheer volume of dirt adhering to the surface is dramatically reduced, guaranteeing the longevity of the coatings fresh appearance.

What difference does this make?

All Weather Coating’s exterior wall coating service produces a trifecta of results that simply aren’t attainable using typical exterior masonry paint. They are resilient enough to withstand whatever the weather can throw at them while simultaneously allowing water vapour to escape, they will provide an extra layer of insulation to your home and they are long-lasting – not to mention they look great. We are so confident in their performance that all of our wall coatings are guaranteed to last 25 years.

Take the first step towards fittings exterior wall coatings today

Contact us: by phone (0800 169 2049) by email (info@allweathercoating.co.uk) or through our contact form. We will dispatch a team to survey your home and come up with the perfect solution. We look forward to hearing from you!

Letchworth

Project Description

The owners of this property in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, wanted a maintenance-free breathable wall coating to transform the look of their home.

Click on the section below to read more about the work undertaken on this project.

Work Description

1. Preparation

Hammer test the pebbledash to check for any blown or loose render beneath

2. Masking

Shield doors, windows, paths and surrounding areas with tape and heavy-duty paper, taking great care to protect plants and lawns

3. Restoration and Repair

Remove damaged render from brickwork and open up thermal block cracks to reveal whether any bricks or blocks are cracked

Screw an EML mesh into the brickwork and thermal blocks for reinforcement and to help reduce movement
Apply a two-coat sand and cement render to the damaged areas, then spray Tyrolean render on the walls to create a uniform surface with no visible scarring

4. Bag Rubbing

Brush on a PVA mortar mix called bag rubbing to cover imperfections and act as a base for the next stage

5. Primer Coat

Once the bag rubbing is dry, we work primer into the surface using thick brushes.

6. Final Coat

We use specialist equipment to spray a minimum of 1.2 litres of Andura Classic 21 wall coating on to every square metre. This creates a fantastic even finish guaranteed not to chip, flake, peel or crack for 25 years.

Hatfield

Project Description

A couple in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, needed a company who could change the look of their property and run the project independently.

Brickwork at the front of the property was in two different colours and grades. The lower course had been injected with a damp course treatment, which left the bricks looking unsightly. The customer also asked us to remove the existing mock Tudor fascias to create a whole new look.

Click on the section below to read more about the work undertaken on this project.

Work Description

1. Preparation

Erect scaffolding to gain access to the top left hand side of the property

2. Masking

Mask windows, doors and surrounding areas using clipper tape and heavy-duty paper
Protect the driveway with tarpaulins

3. Restoration and Repair

Remove timber fascias and re-render the voids they leave behind to a uniform finish
Fix angle beading to the lower brickwork, then apply a two-coat render in sand and cement
Remove redundant cables and old light fittings
Spray Tyrolean on the top half of the side and rear elevations to create a new look
Old repairs and scarring on the existing pebbledash/render now look uniform

4. Bag Rubbing

Brush on a PVA mortar mix to waterproof the render and Tyrolean finish

5. Primer Coat

Apply Andura Classic Primer, a high-performance base coat specially designed for masonry surfaces to provide excellent adhesion and weatherproofing

6. Final Coat

Apply Andura Classic 21 wall coating using specialist spray equipment to conceal any repairs and create a beautiful even finish

Oakwood

Project Description

The owner of this property in Oakwood was looking for an effective, economical solution for a deteriorating roof and severely cracked walls.

Click on the section below to read more about the work undertaken on this project.

Work Description

1. Restoration and Repair – Roof

Professionally clean roof using a jet washer
Replace slipped and broken tiles, as well as pointing hips and collapsed ridge tile valleys
Apply a fungicide to the roof then spray two coats of Andura roof guard coating (guaranteed 15 years) on the tiles to create the look and feel of a new roof
2. Restoration and Repair – Walls

Remove old and flaking paint, apply fungicide
Remove damaged render, hack out surface cracks and reinstate them with appropriate materials – every care is taken to achieve an invisible repair
3. Masking

Mask up windows, doors and surrounding areas to protect them

4. Bag Rubbing

Brush an SBR (bonding agent) mortar mix called bag rubbing on to the walls to cover imperfections and act as a base for the next stage

5. Primer Coat

Apply Andura Classic Primer to the walls using thick brushes to ensure strong adhesion

6. Final Coat

Spray Andura Classic 21 on the walls to create a great uniform finish and protect the walls for the next 25 years

Hunstanton

Project Description

The residents of a large block of flats in Hunstanton, Norfolk, had had enough of redecorating their external walls every three years due to the ravages of the salty sea air! They needed a long-term solution.

Click on the section below to read more about the work undertaken on this project.

Work Description

1. Preparation

The high build-up of paint on the exterior walls had an abrasive finish to trap dust and dirt so we use a needle gun to remove it.
Remove large areas of render because damp has seeped in behind
Grind out cracks and fill with an epoxy resin
Use a dryzone damp course treatment on various parts of the properties to help prevent rising damp
Fillet a damp course membrane under the coping stones to help stop render behind the parapets detaching
2. Masking

Mask up windows, doors and drainpipes. This process was carried out in stages to avoid inconveniencing the occupiers any longer than necessary. As most of the flats were holiday homes, we worked on them during the off-peak season.

3. Bag Rubbing

Bag rubbing is vital to help remove scars and imperfections from the walls, as well as stabilise the rendered surface so the next stage (primer) adheres well.

4. Primer Coat

The previous stage has ensured an even finish, so we apply the primer with a roll rather than a brush.

5. Final Coat

Spray Andura Classic 21 on to the wall surface for an amazing end result.

Stocking Pelham

Project Description

This house in Stocking Pelham, Hertfordshire was built in 2005 with a timber frame construction.

Unfortunately some of the mesh attached under the render had come loose, resulting in substantial cracking which needed fixing.

Click on the section below to read more about the work undertaken on this project.

Work Description

1. Preparation

Apply fungicide to front and right elevation of the property, leave overnight to kill spores in the render then wash off

2. Repair

Open up cracks to the render so new mesh can be securely fixed by drilling and fixing screws with washers into timbers
Fill the voids by applying a two-coat render to the open cracked areas

3. Masking

Mask up windows, doors, gutters, down pipes, eaves, brickwork and surrounding areas to protect during the next stage

4. Primer Coat

Apply Andura Classic Primer by brush, leave to dry

5. Final Coat

As the newly repaired cracks are flush and the existing render is reasonably flat, we can use Andura Fine Texture wall coating to complete the job. As you can see, the finish is fantastic.