Types of exterior wall paints compared

Finished exterior wall paints

There are a number of reasons for repainting your home’s exterior. If you are thinking purely aesthetically, perhaps your current exterior is looking worn to the point of necessitating a refresh. Alternatively, it could simply be that you have decided on a change of colour. Curative reasons are far more time sensitive.

Cracked render in itself, is a massive vulnerability. Left unaddressed, it can catalyse the infiltration of damp into your home, potentially causing thousands of pounds of damage in the process. Irrespective of the reason for doing so, you want to be sure that you end up with the best possible result – a great-looking and extremely durable exterior paint finish. To that end, we are here to help.

In this post, we have assessed the merits of different types of exterior wall paints.

Masonry waterproofing paint

Typically, standard exterior paint isn’t up to scratch. Characterised by an underwhelming finish, and more importantly, poor durability, standard water-resistant paint simply will not be able to protect your home long-term.

Unlike our own wall coatings, typical waterproofing paint won’t adequately coat your home. Most water-resistant paints only provide surface-level protection; they sit on top of brickwork instead of really meshing and integrating with the surface.

Weatherproof paint

In contrast to the kind of ‘weatherproof’ paint you can expect to pick up from your local retailer, weatherproof paint from All Weather Coating actually contains all of the components it needs to make it completely resistant to anything the weather can throw at it. Wall coatings owe their impressive ability to repel water to the silicone that is the bedrock/foundation of their chemical makeup.

Silicone is hydrophobic, making it adept at repelling water. Thanks to how lightweight it is, it can easily be fused to a substance to endow it with high water resistance – and this is the case with the best waterproof paint – our own.

Application process

The weakness of home exteriors can stem as much from the method of application as the product itself. External house painting by hand makes it incredibly difficult to comprehensively cover a surface in a uniform fashion. Certain segments will be covered in too much paint, others in too little.

The only certainty is that the final product will be spotty and underwhelming. At All Weather Coating, however, our application process is tried and tested. Over our 15 years of operation, our application process has been tweaked and refined – to the point where it gives a flawless finish time after time. Operated by one of our trained professionals, we use a highly sophisticated pump that carefully regulates the volume of air to paint with extreme accuracy. Applied correctly, a wall coating is given the best opportunity possible to properly protect your home’s exterior.

Colour

Even the most durable house paint from the best exterior paint brand, may not be available in a broad enough range of colours to make them a viable choice for your own home. At All Weather Coating, we have external wall coverings in a diverse array of tones and textures, giving you the freedom to select a coating that matches your home perfectly.

To make a start on painting your home’s exterior, you can get in touch with us by phone, email or through this contact form.

Why you shouldn’t paint your home’s exterior on your own

waterproof paint

DIY tasks range from the simple and straightforward to the drawn-out and difficult. Painting your home’s exterior with a water repellent coating definitely falls into the latter category. And while painting your home’s interior is definitely achievable, its difficulty pales in comparison to painting your home’s exterior – there are just too many pitfalls. With hopes of explaining just how difficult applying waterproof paint is, and contrasting and comparing it with the effectiveness of a professional service, we have put together this informational post. From the financial considerations you have to make before starting to apply weather seal paint to the outer surface of your home, to how long you can expect your hard work to pay dividends for, you will find everything you need to know here.

Doesn’t make sense from a financial standpoint

From a financial perspective, it may be tempting to take the DIY approach. Surely all you need is a tin of paint and you are ready to go? Unfortunately, it simply couldn’t be further from the truth. Applying a coat of paint to your home sounds simple but is actually a laborious process that requires the best weatherproof paint and a detailed understanding of the right methods and techniques. Without this, before you even consider the substandard final product you are likely to be left with, you have to also consider the unintended ill effects – it is somewhat of an inevitability that stray flecks of paint will end up on windows, walls and doors that it wasn’t supposed to. You can incur additional financial damage you hadn’t predicted beforehand, all without accomplishing your task competently.

Likely to result in a less durable finish

Typical masonry paints aren’t capable of fortifying your home’s exterior for an extended period of time. They don’t have the necessary chemical makeup to resist the weather. Weather proof paint wall coatings meanwhile, as well as being many, many times thicker than conventional exterior masonry paint, are also imbued with the latest in weather-resistive technology – silicone. To ensure you have the correct waterproof paint product for your home, as well as the right people applying it, you need to enlist the services of wall coatings specialists.

End result is inferior

In summary, not entrusting the entire process to a professional service is a mistake. From start to finish, you can rest assured that the every single step is executed to perfection. With a wealth of expertise that stems from close to twenty years of applying damp proof paint for exterior walls for homeowners throughout the UK, the All Weather Coating team can provide a comprehensive service that meets all of your requirements. A half-baked DIY approach simply cannot match the thoroughness of a professional one, leaving you frustrated with the amount of time and effort you invested and ultimately disappointed with the end result.

Get in touch today to hire an exterior wall coatings service

For an exterior painting service you can rely on, get in touch with All Weather Coating by phone or email – or even use the contact form on our website. After getting in touch, our team of professionals will survey your property and put together a plan that suits you. We hope to hear from you soon!

How to repair a pebble dash wall

Pebble Dash Repair London

Since its last sustained period of popularity post-war, public opinion of pebbledash has only deteriorated. A 2014 survey conducted by Go Compare found that a pebble dash exterior is considered one of the most off-putting features of a property – with 31% of all those who were surveyed declaring it undesirable.

If you are of the same opinion, you are going to want to find a way of removing and replacing pebbledash or, at the very least, improving it somehow. In this blog post, we outline the best ways to paint, render and repair pebbledash.

How much does it cost to pebbledash a house?

Before beginning any project, you first want to have a solid understanding of the financial commitment involved. In the case of pebbledash, costs can vary wildly depending on the kind of work you are having completed. Tearing down pebbledash and replacing it with another more desirable material can cost thousands of pounds.

A simple repainting can be more financially palatable. From one wall coating company to another, costs for an identical project can differ significantly. With All Weather Coating though, you can rest assured that you will receive the best possible price.

After arranging a site visit, our expert team will assess your property, your problem, and how you want to go about solving it, to put together a competitive fee that you will agree is both fair and affordable.

Why is pebble dash rendering so difficult to repair or replace?

Pebbledash (or roughcast) render can be extremely tricky to repair – especially if attempted without the necessary blend of experience and equipment. The same thing that makes pebbledash so resistant to weather is the same thing that makes pebbledash so difficult to remove and repair.

Composed of a mixture of lime, sand, gravel, cement, and a collection of small pebbles or stones, this amalgamation of hard-wearing materials comes together to create a thrown together but bulky exterior surface. Because the stones and pebbles are literally thrown into the mixture, they are the first to fall away as time passes – resulting in a fragmented surface.

Covering pebbledash with a fresh coat of paint is therefore insufficient. So too, is attempting to render over pebbledash – not only because it is difficult to recreate the same tone and texture of the fallen away pebbles, but also because it would be an extremely trying task to fill in the missing parts like a jigsaw.

How to repair roughcast render

So, if pebbledash can’t realistically be removed, or replaced with another layer of pebbledash, what is the best way to go about repairing a sub-par pebbledash surface?

The simple answer is exterior wall coatings from All Weather Coating. Even with the best masonry paint for pebbledash, painting pebbledash would ordinarily be a hopeless endeavor. Exterior weatherproof wall coatings change all that though.

From All Weather Coating, our external wall coatings are more than twenty times thicker than typical paint and are infused with water-resistant silicone – making them the perfect cure for a patchy pebbledash surface. With a method we have honed and refined over time, our team has had years and years of experience repairing pebbledash exteriors.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art pump that ensures our exterior weatherproof wall coatings are applied perfectly uniformly, you can rest assured that our pebbledash repair service (unlike that of other pebbledash removal companies in London) will result in a home exterior you can be proud of.

How to identify and repair cracked external render

How to repair cracked external render

‘Exterior rendering’. You may never have actually heard the term before, but if you want your home to have any chance whatsoever of standing up to the weather for years to come, you are going to want to get it acquainted with it – and fast.

Fortunately for you, we have put together this post that aims to outline everything you need to know. In this crash course on rendering you will learn how to identify whether your home’s render requires replacing as well as how and why getting the rendering process right is so important.

What is render?

Fundamentally, render is a mixture of cement. External render is the outermost layer of your home and – as the outermost layer of your home – it is tasked with braving rain, wind, sleet, snow and sun and emerging unscathed.

How do I know if my home needs rendering?

Identifying whether your home exterior needs a refresh can be relatively straightforward – it all depends on the current state of your home’s exterior. Cracks and crevices are of course an obvious signifier of a problem.

On the other end of the scale, less visible but just as serious, is an inadequate product coating your home. Unfortunately, most masonry paints aren’t designed in the same way as weatherproof coatings are, meaning that they are unable to mount a serious and sustained defence against the attacks of the weather.

So, unless your exterior surface is flawless or you have recently invested in a quality weatherproof coating for your home, it is well worth considering the merits of exterior wall rendering.

Why choose All Weather Coating to carry out the rendering process?

From the start of the external rendering process to the end, we take repairing cracks in external rendered walls very seriously. Before the actual work begins, a survey is conducted to uncover and document every flaw.

From there, using the original survey, every flaw is corrected with meticulous care and precision. As an independently owned, family-run firm established close to twenty years ago, render crack repair has been an important part of offering for some time now. We have an abundance of experience repairing cracked render and you can bet that our expertise and know-how results in a superb piece of work being completed on your home.

Not only are the people applying the product of the highest quality, so too is the product itself. Our weatherproof coatings are developed specifically to resist anything the weather can throw at it. The infusion of silicone gives them an extraordinary resistance to water.

We are so confident in our product’s ability that a 25-year guarantee accompanies our work. In addition, if you weren’t already aware, we are also adept at restoring pebbledash rendering as well as rendering external walls.

How much to render a house?

At All Weather Coating, we assess each scenario on a case-by-case basis. This is so we can properly meet each and every concern of our customers while adapting our service to match the specifications of each individual task.

For a more accurate and detailed valuation, book a site visit with us by getting in touch via email, telephone or through this contact form.

Improving the sustainability of your home

Sustainability can be broken down into two neat, manageable definitions. The first, which expresses ‘sustainability’ in general terms, describes it as the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. The second, which references the use of ‘sustainability’ in terms of the environment, speaks of ‘sustainability’ as the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. At All Weather Coating, our services are designed to make your home more sustainable in both senses of the word.

Sustainability is something we should strive for at all times. Whether that means making the most basic, rudimentary change or more grandiose all-encompassing macro alterations, any and all attempts to make the way we live our lives more sustainable should be applauded.

Our most heavily ingrained and antiquated institutions are often the most in need of a dramatic overhaul. The same can be said for the most fundamental unit of human society – the home. As massive consumers of energy and water, our homes are one of the biggest obstacles we have to overcome to achieve a more sustainable future. At All Weather Coating, we are determined to help you improve the sustainability of your own home. Our range of services will help restore your property and improve its sustainability going forward.

Restoring your home’s exterior

Simultaneously a restorative and preventative measure, the application of weatherproof coatings is an important step for many homeowners. In terms of restoring a property, a combination of our render repair service and our exterior wall coating service will comprehensively cover any flaws that may have developed over time. Aesthetically, your home’s exterior will look as good as new. Physically too, your home’s exterior will be vastly improved.

Improving the durability of your home’s exterior

Not only will weatherproof coatings address any vulnerabilities that appear in your home’s exterior – aesthetic or otherwise – they will also imbue your walls with the wherewithal to withstand the weather.

Thanks to their composition of a combination of weather and water resistant components, weatherproof coatings are scientifically designed to endure the effects of the weather. At All Weather Coating, we have the specialist equipment and staff to apply wall coatings flawlessly – ensuring your home receives complete coverage.

We are so confident in both our products and our method of application that we are more than happy to guarantee our wall coatings for 25 years – how is that for sustainability?

Improving the sustainability of your home

We have already established that our wall coatings will improve the appearance of your home, as well as its durability in the face of tumultuous weather. But how does this affect the sustainability of your home in the environmental sense of the word? Well, because our wall coatings are over twenty times thicker than conventional paint, they are also a vastly superior insulator, which means they improve your home’s ability to retain heat.

With a better-insulated home, less money and energy has to be committed to maintaining a high temperature inside. By cutting the amount of energy your home consumes, your home is less of a contributor to global warming, helping to create a more sustainable future for all – as well as more financially stable one for yourselves.

To book a site visit today, you can call or email us – or even use this contact form.

Why you should use resin based wall coatings

Resin-Based Wall Coating London

Walk past almost any property, and you will see the early warning signs of deteriorating exterior walls – blemishes, fractures, and cracks. Over time, these initially innocuous looking crevices can very easily grow into serious structural defects – the kind that will allow your home to be overrun by damp.

Instead of dismissing these inconspicuous flaws as nothing to worry about, they should on the contrary, be a priority of yours to fix. Although this issue is something that needs addressing quickly, it does not mean that a stopgap solution is a satisfactory one. Our resin-based coating service will resolve your exterior wall problem in a matter of days and will keep the reappearance of damage at bay for a minimum of 25 years – guaranteed!  To walk you through this process, and to explain why it is far more effective than the alternatives, we have put together this explanatory blog post.

Why standard masonry paint doesn’t offer enough protection

Unfortunately, typical exterior wall masonry paint simply isn’t hardy enough to protect your exterior walls from damage from the weather for anywhere near an extended period of time. And, given that a home is the longest-term investment you are likely to ever own, it is important that it is properly maintained over time. Composed of little more than the bare essentials required to give your home a decorative finish, standard masonry paint is ill-equipped to protect your home.

Why are resin based wall coatings better than standard masonry paint?

Generally-speaking, wall coatings are many times thicker than typical masonry paint. Because of this increased fortification, they are better adapted to resist buffeting wind and rain. Similarly, because they are designed for longevity as well as ornamental purposes, they are imbued with a number of chemicals that help to dramatically improve their durability. From the infusion of silicon, which enhances wall coatings’ water resistant properties to pliolite technology that speeds up wall coatings’ adhesion to the surface it is binding to. A strong level of adhesion is particularly useful in the volatile British weather.

What difference does resin make to wall coatings?

The presence of resin differentiates resin-based wall coatings from standard wall coatings – but how does this difference separate the two in practical terms?

Resin helps to glue together all of the component parts of an exterior wall coating – leading to a stronger and more durable product. Given that cement, silicone water repellents and minerals (amongst other materials) all go into a wall coating, it is fair to say that the uniting presence of the resin is extremely important.

If you are considering outfitting your home with resin-based wall coatings, there is no better partner to have on your side than All Weather Coating. Our resin-based coating service has been refined and perfected over our many, many years of operation in London and the Home Counties and we would be delighted to help you update your home.  

You can arrange a site visit at your convenience by contacting us by email, phone or through the contact form on our website.

Exterior wall coatings: what to look for

London Exterior Wall Coatings

Deciding to repaint your home’s exterior is the easy part. Deciding what kind of materials to use to repaint your home is far trickier.

Given the amount of time and money involved, you are going to want to be certain that you are equipped with the best materials possible with which to complete the job. The sheer volume of information online can be overwhelming and sifting through it all to find a kernel of truth is time-consuming.

To shorten this process and to help you make the right decision about your home’s exterior, we have put together this post that illuminates exactly the kind of things you should be looking for in an exterior wall coating product.  

Appearance

Covering the entirety of your home’s exterior in a product that isn’t aesthetically pleasing is the worst thing you could do. Practical features like durability are of course important but they are redundant if the appearance of the wall coatings isn’t up to scratch. Available in a broad range of colours, our wall coatings are designed to fit every exterior and you are sure to find one that is perfect for your home. Regardless of the tone you pick, you can be certain that you will be delighted with the end result.

Weather resistance

Weather resistance is one of the most important qualities to look for in an exterior wall coating. Being able to fend off everything the weather has to throw at your home is integral to maintaining your home long-term. Given the temperamental nature of the British weather, your exterior wall coatings should possess the ability to properly protect your home in a variety of different conditions. Our weatherproof coatings for example, are imbued with silicone, which acts as a water repellent – making your home’s exterior impervious to rain.

Breathability

Breathability is both an underrated and overlooked quality in wall coatings. While it seemingly goes against conventional thinking to make a product that is meant to keep the elements out breathable, it is actually essential. An impassable covering will prevent water vapour that accumulates within your home from escaping – leading to damp problems. A breathable wall coating then, not only keeps water out of your home, it prevents water from causing issues within the home too.

Quick-drying

The application process needs to be conducted in precisely the right conditions if your new home exterior is to stand the test of time. The obvious culprits – rain, wind and snow are all capable of derailing the application process but subtle changes in temperature can be equally culpable. If the temperature is too low, too much moisture will be retained. Conversely, if the temperature is too high, the wall coating will dry too quickly – increasing the likelihood of cracks developing at a later stage. With a quick-drying product, the risks of weather impeding its progress are dramatically reduced.

You also need an experienced and knowledgeable team carrying out the application process

Equally as important as the exterior wall coating product itself, are the people applying it. At All Weather Coating, we have an abundance of experience applying wall coatings to buildings throughout London and the Home Counties.

Over the years, we have perfected our application process and in just a matter of days, you can rejuvenate your home’s appearance and keep it protected for decades. You can take the first steps to achieving this by booking a site visit with us today – you can get in touch by phone, email or through this contact form.

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!

Fitting protective wall coatings in 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.