As a local Llanelli building contractor, specialising in all types of interior and exterior refurbishment work, we can offer a comprehensive pebble dashing service.
Pebble dashing is a cost effective means of covering unsightly brickwork or breeze blocks and can be used to add a sense of character that is often associated with period properties, by the nature of its textured appearance and natural rustic charm, pebble dash can transform the look of a building drastically.
The term ‘pebble dash’ is used to describe this external rendered finish because smooth pebbles or jagged spa are thrown or “dashed” onto a topcoat of render so that they stick to it before it dries and provide a weathering surface.
Some pebble dash renders are referred to as ‘spa’ which consists of jagged chippings that are then embedded into and adhere to the render better, which tends to last longer.
You can choose a spa stone, which are often used for their particular natural colours and textures, or alternatively you may wish to opt for ordinary stones and simply paint over them for a more subtle uniform effect.
The procedure is in the form of a three stage process:
1. SCRATCH COAT
This is the base layer that forms the bond between the existing brickwork or wall surface and the new surface.
It is a coarse sand and cement render coating that is used to cover blemishes and create a flat surface for the top coat to be applied to.
2. TOP COAT
The top coat is an even, waterproof external layer of sand and cement render which has a finer consistency enabling the gravel, pebbles or shells to be adhered and embedded into it to create a consistent outer layer.
3. PEBBLE DASHING
Before the topcoat dries a layer of gravel, pebbles or shells is then applied.
We also offer a service for rendering plinths, a vital part of protecting the exterior facade of your property from damp.
The plinth forms a break between the rendered walls and ground level, it is designed to reduce the likelihood of damp affecting you property below the damp course, so it is important to make sure that they are rendered and maintained by a skilled professional.
Plinths typically last about 40 years, but because of their protective function are the most likely part of a building to suffer from damp, so regular checks are advisable.