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!
The job was carried out without fuss in around two weeks. Dorothy was able to carry on living in the property throughout, with minimal disruption. She was pleased with the job and will be much warmer this winter!
We use only BBA-approved products to carry out insulation work, working with EWI Pro External Wall Insulation Systems, a market-leader in providing external wall insulation and rendering solutions. In fact, EWI Pro Insulation were very much involved in monitoring this project, which gave us increased confidence and technical assurance.
Gary Spiers, Business Development Manager, EWI Pro Insulation Systems said: “Be Constructive is one of our approved installers in London and the surrounding areas. We were very pleased with their progress during our technical monitoring procedures carries out on site, and even happier the customer liked the way the final product was installed.
One of the things that differentiates us from other system manufacturers is our unequivocal support for the installer and our passion for encouraging only the highest quality finish.”
Finally …did you know we also install imitation brick slips?
For non-render finishes we can also reproduce the a brick look, as you can see above – using different types of brick slips to meet your unique needs. For example, if you have grey-yellow ‘London stock’ bricks and you are worried about rendering over this; don’t worry as we can reproduce any type of brick to keep in character of your existing property.
How to get in touch with us
If you would like your home insulated, just give us a call for a no-obligation quote. We are offering 10% off all our solid wall insulation installations registered before the end of July.
- Call us on 0208 8193882 (Mon – Fri); or
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