Many people are confused about what a U-value is or why it is important. In basic terms, a U-Value measures how good a material is at being an insulator. This means that it measures how effective they are from preventing heat from transmitting between the inside and outside of a building. The best insulating materials...
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Both a modern render system and a traditional render system bring different things to the table and are two very different systems. All modern render systems are self-coloured (meaning they do not require painting) and have many benefits. An example of a modern render system is a Silicone render system. This system has used modern...
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The word “Algae” in the construction industry is used to describe the various organic growths on buildings. Not only can it grow on the render but it can also affect metal, plastic and wood. Algae produces really quickly and only needs sunlight, water and carbon Dioxide to grow. Property location plays a key factor in...
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Brick effect render is a render that is made to look like brickwork and gives a wall a pleasant look. It is suitable for refurbishment projects where new brick can’t be used. Application The basecoat is the first coat to go on. It is mixed with water and applied to the wall where brick effect...
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The damp conditions in homes and properties encourages the growth of  micro-organisms in particular black mould on the walls The mould then begin to spread from the source of the dampness to regions where there is less dampness by releasing spores into the atmosphere. These airborne spores are thought to be inhaled by unsuspecting household...
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It can only be applied in the summer The reason people have this misconception is because of the idea that the weather has to be warm in order to render a property. Despite what people think, rendering can be done all year round, however, there are still a few factors which will affect whether or...
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The mortar and joints around a coping stone are so important in order to preserve the render on a wall. The top surface of a wall is the most vulnerable point for water to enter a building. Over time, the joints and mortar around a coping stone wear and loosen due to years of weathering....
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Although plaster and render have some similarities, there are some key differences that people need to be aware of. Render is applied to the external walls of a property. The main purpose of render is to make the external walls as strong as possible in order to withstand the weather thrown at the property. A...
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The first coat (or the scratch coat) is mixed at 5-1. This means 3 sharp sand, 2 soft sand and 1 cement. This coat is applied between 5-6mm. The render is pressed firmly into the wall to ensure that every inch is covered. Once the first coat has been applied, it is then scratched by...
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A helibar is a stainless steel bar used to strengthen and stabilise masonry in both new builds and remedial works. Not only is it used to strength and stabilise masonry, it can also be used to create movement joints, to create or repair flat arch lintels and crack stitching. Crack stitching is done by installing...
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