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What makes EWI Store different?

When we set out as EWI Store, we wanted to offer a service above and beyond any other insulation shop. We thought about what is often lacking with other companies, and how we could do better ourselves. A few years in, and we are confident that in the service we provide. So, here’s a rundown of how we can help you with your project:

Best quality products

We won’t put profit over quality, so we only sell the best external wall insulation materials. We have everything you need, so you can get it all in one place, at the best prices. Our through-coloured renders won’t scratch or fade over time, our specialist beads ensure strength, and our insulation materials are the highest-performing out there. We can offer a 25-year warranty on finished projects, so you can give your customers peace of mind.

Low prices

Everything at EWI Store is priced fairly and competitively, and we offer generous discounts to those with trade accounts – as well as sales and seasonal offers. We’re constantly checking to ensure we have the cheapest prices on the market. We can also arrange credit in many cases. It’s worth getting to know us to see what we can do for you!

Whole-system approach

Rather than seeing standalone products, we always think about how materials will work in conjunction with each other. Given information on your budget and requirements, we will design the best system for you and your property. Designing whole insulation systems allows us to tailor the perfect finish for you and your customer. This guarantees excellent performance and longevity.

Expert advice

Everyone who works at EWI Store knows our products inside-out. We’re also keen to establish customer relationships. We’re not pushy and no-one will sell you a product that’s not right for you. As well as advising on the best materials for your job, our team can also give technical advice and keep you up to date with the status of your order. Communication is key in everything we do and we are always only a phone call away. Alternatively, if you’d like to come and meet us in person for free training, or just to talk through our products, our door is open.

Next-day delivery

Almost all orders can be delivered to your site the day after you order them. We know it’s frustrating to have to wait to start a job, or to hang around waiting for extra materials if you run out halfway through. That’s why we prioritise getting everything to you as soon as possible. We have our own drivers, so we can be sure we know where they are and when they’ll get to you. When we give you a slot, we’ll do everything in our power to fulfil it – and if we can’t for any reason, you’ll be the first to know.

Got any questions about our materials or how we work? Get in touch!

Benefits of rendering a building

You might wonder why people to decide to render a property. Well, there are several benefits, which we are going to discuss below.

1 – Protects/weatherproofs your building

The first benefit of render on any building is that it should help weatherproof the underlying brickwork. That means that, regardless of the condition of the existing brick/block work, no water will be able to penetrate through the watertight, weatherproof render finish. We offer 25-year warranties in some cases on our renders, giving you the piece of mind that they are built to last!

2 – Blend new parts of a building to existing

The second benefit of render is that it can be used to blend different types of building together. Say you have an old property built in the 1960s and then decide to get a new extension built on the back of your home. By rendering all the property (old and new), it will tie the look of the house together seamlessly!

3 – Improve the look of the property

Driving around London, the difference between newly rendered properties and older render properties is stark. The older properties look tired and often the render is cracked all over. A new coat of render can really give your property a face lift, making it look like new. Our renders are available in thousands of different colours and lots of different textures so it is easy to achieve the style you are looking for.

4 – Get rid of pebble-dash!

This is a subjective one, but we think pebble-dash looks a bit dated. Our render can go on top of old pebble-dash, giving a much more modern look to these properties!

5 – New render doesn’t crack

There are lots of different types of render, but the best-known at the moment is probably K-rend. The good news is that some (but not all) modern day renders don’t crack. Take our EWI Pro renders, for example. All of them have a fibreglass mesh base coat layer. This is flexible and moves with the building. The render that sits on top of this base coat layer is extremely thin and flexible. The combination of the two means that our render will not crack!

6 – No need to paint!

All our renders are pre-coloured before delivery (except for mineral render, which comes as a dry mix). The renders are very stable in UV light, meaning that once applied to the wall, the colour will will last 25 years+ without fading.

7 – Modern day renders are cost-effective

Modern day renders are pretty good value – for all the different components combined (basecoat, mesh, primer and render), you are looking at about £10 per m2.

No. 8 – Silicone and mineral renders are breathable

When you speak to building professionals or architects they will often talk about the breathability of the building. Basically, what this means is that moist air within the building can be dispersed to the external environment, helping to minimise condensation forming inside the property. Condensation can lead to mould and rotting occurring in the building, so obviously if that is minimised it is a good thing!

Our silicone and mineral renders are breathable – this means water vapour can cross through the surface of the silicone, which is a huge benefit to the building.

A happy customer!

It is not often we write blogs like this – normally we are trying to explain a specific feature of the system, or talk about some new product or other – but we thought this story was worth sharing!

Anyway, this morning, Nick was helping a potential installer down on the shop floor. It was a pretty standard chat to be honest, talking about the different system components, training, what other systems the guys had used before, and so forth.

At that moment another one of our new installers came in and said to Nick that our render was the best he had ever used. Now, we don’t know if he was looking for better prices, but talk about perfect timing! I also hasten to add that no brown paper bags were exchanged!

Better than that, it is great to know that the journey we started 3 or 4 years ago launching EWI Pro and EWI Store may work out alright. There is nothing worse than trying to sell a duff product, but the feedback we get from our installer network is that our materials really are second to none.

Also, unlike some of the big boys in the market, we can get materials to you the next day 99% of the time, including coloured renders, which are mixed at our warehouses. We have the capacity to mix 500 buckets of render a day with our colour mixing machines – enough to cover about 5000m2.

We pride ourselves on the quality of products and the great service we provide.

Not too bad! Not too bad at all!