Exterior rendering is the term most commonly used for an exterior plaster finish which is applied to the facade and external walls of a building. It consists of a mixture of sand and cement that is applied to the exterior walls of a building as a protective layer against the elements, adding both insulation and a waterproof coat to the building. Rendering can also be used to cover up damaged or unsightly brickwork, breeze blocks, old pebble dashing or to insulate a timber frame construction. It can also be manipulated to create either a smooth or patterned and textured decorative finishes to the external wall surfaces of a building.
C.Owen are able to completely rejuvenate and transform the look of a building with this remarkable ‘make-over’ technique, giving new life to what may have become a jaded and dated building.
Below you can see examples of our rendering and the transformation it brings to buildings.
Our rendering service usually takes
the form of a two coat process:
This is the base layer that forms the bond between the existing brickwork or surface wall and the new surface render that is used to cover over the blemishes and create a smooth surface for the top coat to be applied to.
The top coat is a sand and cement render of a fine consistency which enables the rendering to be finished with a smooth, even and waterproof external layer. Once this layer has dried it is then ready for painting.
Whether you are renovating, refurbishing or redecorating your home it is always important to have smooth walls and ceilings to work with in order to achieve a great finished result. It is the top coat surface of plaster that gives a wall a smooth and workable surface for decorating, and like many things; the art is in the preparation. This is when you require the skills of a specialist plasterer to make sure that your surfaces are expertly plastered and hide any imperfections; especially if you are intending to have a painted finish.
Essentially, skimming is a top-coat of plaster which is used to cover-up superficial blemishes and restore the surface of a wall or ceiling to a smooth and level finish. Typically skimming is used where old wallpaper has been removed and caused surface damage, or where there are minor scuffs and abrasions to the surface of a wall or ceiling. In the photos above you can see before and after pictures showing some examples of our skimming projects. In many cases, we have also fitted new coving to give that extra luxury finish, leaving the surfaces smooth in readiness for the decorators. We like to think we make the decorators life easy – giving them an un-spoilt blank canvass to paint on – as you can tell by the crisp edges of the finished painted surfaces!