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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.

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.

How to Repair Cracked Render

Cracked Render Repair Services

Starting out as nothing more than a tiny fracture on your home’s exterior, cracked render may seem like a non-issue, but left unattended, it can easily spiral into a major structural issue (not to mention an aesthetic one). Damp can very easily become part of the furniture of your home, making it essential to address any cracks and crevices the instant they appear. The good news is that repairs can be swift and painless – close to two decades of restoring render in UK homes have taught us that.

If you have noticed a crack in your home’s external render, here’s how you can go about repairing it and ensuring that it never becomes an issue again.

What causes render to crack?

Low quality and ill-protected render will always be exposed in testing weather conditions. More often than not though, the way in which the render is applied is just as important as its quality, which serves to highlight the importance of hiring a cracked render repair service rather than taking matters into your own hands.

Applied in the wrong weather conditions, render will fail to last. If the temperature is too low (below 5°C), the curing process will stagnate, causing moisture to be trapped within the render. Too high, and the render will dry out too quickly, resulting in the formation of cracks.

Any form of precipitation is no ally of rendering either – rain, snow and sleet will adversely affect the moisture levels in the render, culminating in shrinkage cracks.

Why is it so important to repair render?

Cracked render is a route through which water can infiltrate your home. Water ingress will lead to perpetual damp in your home – rendering your home cold and damp – the opposite of what a home should be. Over time, continued damp will cause your home to deteriorate drastically; wallpaper will loosen and paints and plasters will decay.

Alongside the practical ramifications of living in a structurally unsound home, there is an array of associated health risks. Bacteria and dust mites flourish in damp conditions, allowing respiratory illnesses to run riot.

How to repair cracked render?

Firstly, we ensure that all areas not being treated are covered – paths and gardens with dust sheets and windows and doors with paper and tape. Small cracks are filled with epoxy resin while larger cracks are treated with special bonding primers before being filled with a sand and cement mixture.

After the render has been given ample time to dry and solidify – and a comprehensive cleaning process has been completed – it is time for the application of a silicon-based weatherproof wall coating. Mixed with an appropriately coloured final coating, the waterproof wall coating is applied using a pump that carefully regulates the ratio of coating to air, resulting in a perfect finish that will protect your home from damage for 25 years.

Contact one of our team today for a free quote

Get in touch with a member of our team today for a site visit and a free quote. You can contact us by: telephone (0800 169 2049), email (info@allweathercoating.co.uk) or through the contact form on our website.