Penetrating Damp Treatment During Winter

Wall coating for penetrating damp treatment

Penetrating damp is a common problem in buildings but it’s not one that should be ignored and once caught the problem should be solved as soon as possible to prevent any future or further issues.

What causes penetrating damp?

The cause of penetrating damp is simply down to water and moisture from outside penetrating through the walls causing the dampening damage inside.

It’s not just the ground floor penetrating damp can effect, it can be a problem for a property on any level whether on the first floor of a house or 12th floor of a flat. Although damp can affect all levels you should be aware of the fact that it is known to be more prevalent higher up.

The most common causes for penetrating damp include:

  • Porous Walls
  • Spalled Bricks
  • Degraded Mortar
  • Building Defects

All of the above are reasons why penetrating damp can affect your property so it’s always a good idea to ensure your home isn’t being affected by any of these defects.

How does wall coating help?

Once the damage is already done it will need resolving with a penetrating damp treatment but you shouldn’t stop there thinking it won’t occur again as it can.

All Weather Coating offers a full damp-proof treatment which eradicates the chance of it happening again.

Our wall coating is made of the highest quality porous paint which not only decorates the exterior walls but also protects them against any weather conditions. The wall coating doesn’t allow any cracking, peeling or chipping to take place. It’s a breathable coating which allows any water or moisture to escape from the walls but not enter therefore stopping the potential effects of penetrating damp.

Once applied you’ll never have to consider decorating or painting the exterior of your home again, we’re so sure of the materials and methods we use we provide up to a 25-year guarantee so there is always that extra peace of mind our work will protect your property for years to come.  

Call in the professionals

The extent of the work we carry out when completing a penetrating damp treatment along with our high-quality wall coating isn’t a DIY option, wall coating is more than just a lick of paint and requires experience to be highly effective.

Our experts are here to help and protect your home for years to come, we never want you to have to paint again. By opting for our service not only are you weatherproofing your home and stopping any potential damp becoming an issue you’re also saving yourself time, effort and money in the long-run by it being an application that is maintenance free.

For more information on our penetrating damp treatment and how our wall coating works and will benefit your home contact us; we can even provide you with a FREE quote and survey.

Protecting your home from winter weather

Winter is characterised by low temperatures, bleak weather and short days. It is a collection of conditions that can pose a serious problem for properties: cold and rainfall can combine to wreak havoc with home exteriors. But winter also brings with it the festivities of Christmas. We’re also getting into the Christmas spirit ourselves, by offering a very special gift to all of our customers – one that will help you ward off all of your winter weather-related woes!

Lower temperatures

Winter brings with it the lowest temperatures of the year. In the UK, in 2017 – the last year where a complete set of data exists – the average mean temperature for December was 4.2°C. Down 5.4°C from the yearly average mean temperature of 9.6°C. A distinct difference, that is all too tangible when you leave the house and brave the outdoors. Your house however, bears the brunt of this change as much as anything. When temperatures cycle below and above 0°C, freeze-thaw weathering can prise open any chips, scrapes or scratches in your home’s exterior paint job. And, in no time at all, your home’s walls can be ruined structurally as well as aesthetically.

Higher rainfall

The threat of damp is heightened in periods of high rainfall, making winter, as the UK’s season of heaviest rainfall, a particularly threatening period for UK homeowners. There are a number of paths damp can take to infiltrate your home: it can access your home through gaping flaws (cracked render, missing roof tiles) or less obvious ones (undersized gutters). Damp can become a problem without ever infiltrating your home – a poorly ventilated home with an absence of escape routes for moisture accumulated from washing, cooking, drying and even breathing – will suffer from damp.

Christmas Offer! 40% off selected services

At All Weather Coating, we are ushering in the festive period with a Christmas gift for all our customers: a whopping 40% off selected services. To find out how we can help you improve your home – at such a massive discount – get in touch with us today. However you’d like to contact us, you are absolutely welcome to. Whatever option you use – whether you ring us, email us or use our contact form – you will get through to one of our wall coating experts. They’ll ask you about your requirements, walk you through the All Weather Coating process and then, hopefully, help you arrange a free survey and quote.

If you do want to snap up this very special offer, you’ll have to act quickly. It expires in 21 days (just three weeks!) on 31st December. And with the hostile conditions of winter in full swing, if your home’s exterior isn’t adequately protected, you really should make seizing this opportunity a priority.

Avoid Cowboy Builders

London Wall Coating Results

Arranging for work to be completed on your house can be a stressful experience. Because the cost of work is typically so high, you need to be 100% confident with the builders’ ability to carry out the work to your exact specifications. And, based on research conducted by the Federation of Master Builders, fewer and fewer homeowners feel this way; because of the anxiety over hiring a competent builder, the UK is missing out on £10 billion worth of investment in home improvements.

You should treat hiring wall coating specialists with the same diligence and thoroughness you would hiring any other employee. To help you separate workers of repute and quality from those you are unlikely to receive a high standard of work from, we have put together a list of red flags to look for. In addition, we have also assembled a list of signifiers of an experienced, reputable and high-quality company that is genuinely committed to providing an excellent service to its customers.

Look for in-demand builders

As much as it can be inconvenient (and as much as it sounds counterintuitive), if a worker agrees to work on something almost immediately (as convenient and time-efficient as it may be) chances are that they aren’t of the quality you need. Generally speaking, an in-demand worker is a quality worker and struggling to secure a date for them to work on your house is no bad thing.

London wall coating reviews and recommendations

In the same way that interviewing a prospective job candidate, you would ask for a CV detailing their skills, accreditation and job history, you can ask the same thing of your prospective contractor. Are they accredited by their relevant authorities? Do they have a history of happy customers? Asking family, friends, and co-workers for recommendations is a good place to start; word-of-mouth endorsements are just as valuable as online reviews. After asking acquaintances, your next step should be to check for online reviews. The more websites you can find verifying a company’s quality, the better.

We have a stellar record on Trust a Trader, and you’ll find an extensive list of our past work on the case studies page of our website. Each and every project was a great success and it demonstrates our ability to tailor our services to match the style of properties in different areas. At risk of standing out like a sore thumb, for many customers, being able to retain a likeness to their neighbours’ houses is important for the street’s appearance as a whole.

Exterior wall coatings cost

Cost is a reliable indicator of quality. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. By getting quotes from a variety of companies (at least three), you’ll be able to reliably gauge what a fair price should be. Give us a call to arrange a free, no obligation quote.

Keep these three topics in mind when arranging for work to be completed on your house. For all your weatherproof coatings and render repair needs, get in touch with All Weather Coating for a consistently high-quality service.

Most common exterior paint problems

Wall Coating for a Hampton Property with exterior paint problems

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

London Wall Coating Service in Loughton

 

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!

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?

All Weather Coating

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.

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.

Why exterior wall coatings?

Our wall coating service is our primary offering here at All Weather Coating. An amalgamation of the finest weather resistant materials, available in a range of colours and textures, our exterior wall coatings are extremely popular – but why are so many homeowners across the UK picking us over our competitors?

A weatherproof coating that works properly is a rarity. Over our years of fitting homes with exterior wall coatings though, we have been able to not only perfect our product but the method of application too. Our painting services, based in London, have consistently fulfilled our promises of a durable, impeccable-looking finish.

Appearance

The most immediately identifiable impact of an exterior wall coating service is a visual one. Beaten and battered over the years by the turbulent British weather, it doesn’t take all that long for an ill-protected exterior to begin to fade and wear away.

A vibrant, beaming exterior can very easily wane into a feeble, sickly, shadow of what it once was. With the help of a weatherproof coating service however, your home’s exterior can be restored to its former glory.

If you’d rather head in another direction aesthetically, we can accommodate that too. Whether the home exterior of your dreams is red, yellow, green, pink or somewhere in between, you can rest assured that you will find the perfect colour and textured exterior wall coatings for you at All Weather Coating.

Durability

Underlying the startling visual impact of our wall coatings is a vital protective quality – the importance of which cannot be overstated. Without a sturdy exterior, a home is exceptionally vulnerable. Infiltrating your home’s walls to ruin your interior, the likelihood of penetrating damp affecting your home is dramatically increased by a poorly outfitted exterior. Owing to the presence of hydrophobic silicone, our external wall paint is more than capable of repelling unwanted moisture.

In Britain, where rain is far from uncommon, it is fair to say that your home’s exterior needs to be able to endure its fair share of rain and emerge out the other side unscathed. Because of its weather resistant qualities, our external house painting service is able to make your home durable and impervious to damp.

Money-saving

The costs associated with treating and curing dampness can be prohibitively expensive, and by pre-empting the onset of damp with a precautionary preventative measure like damp-proofing paint for exterior walls, you can avoid these costs. While there is a short-term initial outlay involved with acquiring protective wall coatings, long-term, their preservative quality means you will save money. A testament to our confidence in the longevity of our wall coatings is our guarantee that they will last 25 years.

Overall then, the appeal of external wall coatings can be characterised in three primary ways.

Appearance-wise, an exterior wall coating service can really refresh and rejuvenate a tired-looking home exterior. Waterproof coatings’ ability to bolster your home’s durability is perhaps even more crucial. By helping your home stave off damp and other associated ills, the application of a resin wall coating can save you money long-term too.

To rejuvenate and refresh your home’s exterior, get in touch with us today.