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Coastal property maintenance: How to repair and defend

For many, the most telling difference between living on the coast and living inland is the pace of lifestyle. As experts in repairing and weatherproofing home exteriors however, we take a very different perspective on the critical differences between coastal properties and inland properties. Most prominent of all of these differences – and most deserving […]

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.