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Submitted by: Randal Muskett
Having an exterior wall coating can help to protect your home from the elements as well as giving them an elegant look. By applying a good quality coating to the exterior walls, you can also be free from the regular painting work that is often required on houses.
When choosing wall coatings it is a good idea to ensure that they are made from breathable materials. They will be able to prevent damp taking hold in your walls as well as allowing the walls to dry out if there is any existing damp. These wall coatings have a microporous quality which can give the walls a neat finish and are available in a number of textures and colours, so there will be something to suit all tastes.
Render is one of the most popular wall coatings available. It is available in different blends and colours and your contractor will be able to advise you on the best type of render for your walls. There are types which allow the wall to breathe so that any moisture within the structure can be allowed to dry out naturally, and houses which have a tendency for dampness should opt for one of these. Render is a durable wall coating but from time to time cracks may appear. This can allow dampness in which may not dry out if one of the breathable types has not been chosen.
Using a textured wall coating should allow the walls to breathe as they are a flexible coating. Textured coatings should not chip or peel in anyway and are unlikely to crack. Acrylic textured coatings are also known as silicon textured coatings and as with standard coatings, they are available in a number of colours and texture styles. Different styles can be achieved with different application methods and your contractor will be able to tell you about the various styles available to you.
Smooth wall coatings provide an alternative to the textured variety and are ideal for those walls which do not have visible defects that need to be hidden. A textured coating can hide brickwork which is a little worn and battered and can make the building look as good as new. These coatings come in several colours and can be made to look very natural.
If you feel your walls need some kind of protective coating but you do not wish to change their overall appearance, you could opt for a clear masonry wall coating. These are colourless solutions and their main purpose is to provide a waterproof barrier and protect the brickwork from the elements. They can help to prevent damp from taking hold, while still allowing the walls to breathe. This means that any dampness present in the masonry has a good chance of drying out naturally.
Applying an exterior wall coating means that you can protect the walls of your home and help to ward of long term damage and wear and tear. There are several options available and all can give your home a whole new lease of life.
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