Attractive brickwork should simply be put in good order and left at that – don’t be tempted to paint it.
Brickwork should be repointed when necessary; it will not only look smarter, but it can also remove the main cause of damp penetration.
Make sure that the new mortar matches the old.
Rendered walls (from roughcast to smooth stucco),require more maintenance than brickwork.
Today, cement-based render is common, but unlike traditional lime- based renders, such as stucco, it is non- porous and rigid so doesn’t allow for any movement or for the walls to ‘breathe’. Cracks can appear, moisture penetrates, causing the wall to deteriorate and plaster to fall off.
Repair cracks with the same type of render as the original.
Pebbledash is a feature of interwar housing – not particularly appealing, but very durable and largely maintenance-free.
If it looks dreary next to dull woodwork, brush it down with plenty of water and paint the woodwork white. Alternatively, you can paint pebbledash.
Timber cladding is found on many types of exteriors, old and new.
Some timber, cedar, for example, is best left to weather to a silvery grey shade, whereas other timber-clad walls are painted.
The use of weatherboarded walls (or clapboarded walls) is essentially an effective way of sealing a house against the weather.
Painted walls (rendered or timber-clad) will need to be repainted at some point. Whatever the surface, always prepare well.
Thoroughly clean the surface, removing dirt, moss, lichen, flaking and powdering paint. You may need to use a stabilising treatment prior to painting – check with paint manufacturers. Use paint that is appropriate for the surface.
Synthetic renders are also available – they boast low maintenance and are available in a range of colours and textures.
Similarly UPVC, wood-effect cladding will provide a maintenance-free surface. On existing properties, always check to see if planning permission is required before considering any cladding.
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