Living in a terraced house in the UK, it is likely that your home is already rendered either with roughcast or pebble dash. Although this exterior finish is popular because of its durability, after many years (like anything else) it can start to look worn. If your house render is older than twenty years that it could be due a freshen up. If you don’t live in a terraced house or your house doesn’t currently have this type of finish, you may also be considering this type of render. Which one is right for you, roughcast or pebbledash?
Render is the name given to the plastered finish or external walls of a building. The purpose of render is to give the exterior a smooth finish and to protect the brickwork against the elements. Typically, render will be applied in several coats to make it more durable and resistant to cracks. Rendering your home also provides an opportunity to brighten up its exterior. Some modern types of render also help insulate the home and can, therefore, reduce heating bills. There are various different types of render but the two most popular in Scotland are roughcast (also known as harling) and pebble dash.
This type of render was originally applied to stone walls to help protect them from harsh Scottish weather. Roughcast is made up of a lime mortar mix with tiny stones which is thrown against the wall to create a rough textured finish. Although, despite the name, roughcast creates a smoother finish than pebble dash.
Pebble dash is made using the same materials, except the stones are left separate. Once the lime mortar mix is applied to the wall, the stones are thrown onto it. This method creates a much more colourful effect that is much more rough to the touch. Pebble dash is very popular in Scotland as it gives people more colour options.
If you can’t decide between roughcast and pebble dash, you should know that both types of render are very durable and the costs are very similar. The main benefit of roughcast is that it can be painted, so if after a short while you want a change in colour, this is easily done. Pebble dash, on the other hand, cannot be painted, but it in the same vein will require less maintenance.
Our team has been applying roughcast and pebble dash to houses in Scotland for many years. We have each been expertly trained and now hold the necessary skills to provide a first class service. If you would like roughcast or pebble dash applied to your home, please get in touch with us today via our contact form, or you can speak to one of our experts by calling 0141 771 8000.
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