Did you see us in the Mail on Sunday?
You may have seen us in the Mail on Sunday’s supplement Homes and Gardens this weekend. The piece tells the story of some work we recently carried out for a customer.
Dorothy Thorne’s daughter Ann approached us a few months ago to ask us to quote for insulating and rendering her mum’s home near High Wycombe. The walls were concrete, which made the house cold and not ideal for Dorothy. Plus the pebbledash render was tired and not exactly the most attractive finish. The plan was to add 100mm expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation to the property to bring it up to the same efficiency standard as a new build home (u-value 0.28 or better), whilst adding a modern smooth breathable silicone render finish.
‘They were so helpful, hardworking and friendly.’
The first step of installation was scaffolding, with protective sheeting covering the ground and windows. The walls were then primed to ensure the adhesive has the best surface to grip to – note that the pebbledash did not need to be removed at all. Next, the insulation board was applied with adhesive, with fixings going through into the brickwork to help ensure the insulation boards were secure. A reinforcement base coat was then applied to the insulation boards which consists of adhesive and a fibreglass mesh layer – this ensures the render doesn’t crack. To finish the external wall insulation system we used a breathable thin coat silicone render, which provides a fresh, modern looking finish. This is far more hardwearing than traditional sand and cement render systems.
The advantages of insulating, rather than re-rendering, are clear:
- there is no need to strip off the existing render first
- it could save around £400/year on energy bills for an average semi-detached home
- it helps to reduce damp on cold external walls
- it gives a great looking finish to the house
The end result was a modern-looking property, insulated above and beyond current building regulations. As you can see, it was quite a transformation!