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How to get that ‘new build’ look on your home

How to get that ‘new build’ look on your home

Does your house need that extra bit of love this year? Then you’re in the right place, this blog will tell you all about how to get that clean finish “new build” look on your home. This past year we have all spent more time indoors than usual, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give that little bit of attention to the exterior of our homes.

Whether it’s insulating your home to reduce those heating bills, adding a new coat of render with a bold new colour, or even smoothing over that old pebbledash here at the EWI Store we have everything you could possibly need to achieve this!

Rendering your home

So, first things first, what are the benefits or rendering your home? Rendering your home has many advantages, from protecting the brickwork from damp and damage, to modernising the outside aesthetics of your house. Rendering your home may also offer another layer of insulation, keeping your home warmer in the winter months and reducing energy bills.

There are many different types of render such as Cement Renders, Lime Renders, Polymer based Renders, Monocouche RendersAcrylic Renders, and Silicone renders.

Silicone renders are growing in popularity due their unique properties over other types of render. Silicone renders are breathable, flexible, hydrophobic, and self-cleaning!

The breathability of you render is important because it means that if moisture ever manages to get behind your render, it will be able to get out again, whereas if your render was not breathable, the moisture would stay behind the render, and potentially cause damage to your walls and render.

Houses tend to swell in the summer and shrink in the winter months which can cause your render to crack. Cracking is not just worrisome for aesthetic reasons as cracks will create a moisture pathway for rain and moisture to get behind the render system. Once there, moisture can penetrate deeper and cause further cracking. The flexibility that silicone render offers, means that it is very resistant to cracking, more so than any other render and will stand the test of time.

Insulating your home

Externally insulating your home will reduce the amount of heat escaping through your walls, hence will save you money on your heating bill. This also means your home will warm up faster, last longer and reduce carbon emissions.

As a result of keeping your walls warm and dry, the External wall insulation can protect the houses structure and improve its weatherproofing, which will in-turn prevent damage and keep your home looking fresh for longer.

With different insulation solutions available, why should you use external wall insulation?

External wall insulation can be applied with a variety of decorative finishes. This means that not only are you insulating your home, but you are also altering and improving its aesthetics. When externally insulating your home, you can choose between a multitude of different colours and several different textures.

Externally insulating your home will cause some disruption, however when you compare this to the disruption caused by Internally insulating your home, it is significantly less and won’t reduce the size of your rooms, unlike Internal wall insulation.


Covering up pebbledash

Pebble dash became extremely popular in the 1920’s due to an increase in demand for homes to be built. This led to builders cutting costs and used pebbledash to cover up poor brickwork. In present this has resulted in a dated, and for many an unsightly look that many homeowners are looking to remove.

Re-rendering pebbledash without removing pebbledash can be difficult if the right materials aren’t accessible. Removing pebbledash is a painful process, because removing the render requires hard work with a hammer and chisel, with the added risk of damaging the original brickwork. Typically, pebbledash is made from a sand and cement render – an incredibly unforgiving material that was often applied as a means of covering up a bad build job.

OCDC is a product that is specifically designed to be applied on top of pebbledash, and it can then be painted or rendered to achieve a modern, updated appearance. The good thing about the OCDC (One Coat Dash Cover) is that it is breathable, so it will help any trapped moisture within the underlying pebbledash to escape. It can also be applied up to 20mm in one pass (up to a maximum of 50mm), so it’s guaranteed to smooth over the pebbledash nicely!



COVID-19 Update

Due to recent announcements we have taken into consideration the Government’s advice and taking all necessary measures to protect the safety and security of our staff, customers and the wider public.

The current health epidemic has impacted most British businesses and has had a significant downward effect on the Construction Industry that we operate in. Many of the building sites across the country have shut and a significant number are closing down on a daily basis. As a result of this downturn in activity we are doing our best to maintain key operations to support our existing customers.

Here is a list of measures that we have implemented, following the Government’s advice:

  • Deliveries direct to all remaining sites to carry on as usual – although we endeavour to avoid direct contact by taking names rather than asking for signatures.
  • A limited number of Warehouse staff to remain to support our ongoing customer orders, with social distancing measures imposed in our Chessington and Aylesbury branch’s.
  • Customers can still use the Chessington or the Aylesbury branch to collect, but they must produce full orderpaperwork and wear a face covering at all times when entering the branch.
  • In both aylesbury and Chessington branch’s, our trade counter is in full operation with acrylic screens put in place to protect you and our team.

Our sales team are available via phone to help you with any queries before you decide to visit one of our branches. We are doing absolutely everything to keep everyone safe and to protect the public during this national emergency. However, we are also committed in supporting the customers that are carrying on with their ongoing projects.Our stock for products is very good, with good levels of supply across the range. Our tinting and range of colours on finishes is still in full operation.

Best way to install K1 Silicone K-Rend scratch render

K-Rend is a household brand name associated with the application of scratch or monocouche render to a property. This product has a scraped texture or finish and should strictly be applied directly to a masonry wall including brick, block or an existing rendered surface. When installing the K-Rend scratch render, there is no better solution that choosing the K1 Silicone scraped texture.

In this blog we look at different ways that the K-Rend K1 Silicone scraped texture can be installed to different masonry substrates.

How to install the K1 Silicone K-Rend to brickwork?

An existing brick wall is probably the most common type of masonry structure in the UK. It is still the most popular way to finish an external wall by using decorative brickwork to finish off the construction. Now some brick walls in the UK are well over 100 years old and over time some brickwork tends to weaken and lets in penetrating water. The water coming through the wall can cause issues to internal plasterwork and other problems to the property.

To avoid these problems, the K-Rend K1 Silicone scraped finish is enhanced with “silicone”, which creates a barrier to rainwater – helping prevent further damage to the brick.

The first step of the K1 Silicone K-Rend installation process is to get a good sense of the wall that is going to be worked on. Using the beading, namely 14mm-16mm beading profiles for stops, corners and drips – install them onto the walls that are due to be rendered. Do not use spray foam to hold the beads in place as this may cause product performance issues further down the line – we recommend using a small amount of the cementitious product to hold the beads in place.

The substrate may then require further preparation, including a fungicidal wash and a substrate primer. Substrate primers typically work in two ways – firstly they help aid adhesion between the substrate (in this case brick) and the render being applied. They also help regulate the moisture absorption by the brickwork, giving time for the render / basecoat to cure correctly. When applying K1 Silicone K-rend to a brick surface we would recommend using the K-Rend R7 Acrylic Primer. This can be applied mechanically with a spray machine or using a roller/ brush.

When the R7 Acrylic Primer has dried, we would then apply the K-Rend HP12 Base Coat with the alkali resistant fibreglass mesh. The HP12 is probably K-Rend’s most well known polymer modified basecoat product, that is robust enough to use on a number or preparation or undercoat application processes.

The HP12 Base Coat should be mixed water, using the appropriate water content on the back of the bag. It can then be applied with the rendering tools. If you are using a spray machine, then use the water pressure settings as recommended. In this installation the HP12 should be applied 6-8mm thick in one pass. You then cut the fibreglass mesh and place it into position on top of the spread-out basecoat.

Before putting on the scraped coat you must ensure that this HP12 Base Coat layer is fully dry. The fibreglass mesh needs to sit close to the surface of the base coat build-up. When embedding the mesh, ensure each strip overlaps at least 100mm on the edges. If you come across any openings like the windows, door or even surface boxes, then use additional fibreglass mesh in each corner to act as reinforcement patches. These need to be applied in every corner and should sit at 45 degrees to the opening, and remember these are on top of the strips of overlapping mesh!

You may ask what the purpose of the mesh is at this point? Well – it helps with the render’s structural integrity and also ensures the final K1 Silicone scratch coat has a solid surface to bind to.

When the mesh is in position, use a scarifier tool to make scratches in the surface of the HP12 basecoat, which would ensure the substrate would provide a nice key.

Having waited a good 24-48hours for the HP12 to set, you are now ready to apply the final K1 Silicone scratch render.

Mix the K-Rend K1 Silicone scratch powder in a bucket with the appropriate amount of water if you are looking for a hand-application. For machine use, follow the instructions on the bag and ensure you have set the machine to the correct settings. The product is then ready for the application.

Apply the K1 Silicone scratch render onto the substrate liberally trying to achieve a thickness of 10-12mm on the wall. Using an I-bar or a speed skim level off the surface so that the lines have been flattened out. The K1 Silicone scratch render needs to be firm, but not completely dry before the next stage can be completed, so we normally recommend going back to site the next day to produce the final finish.

Using the scratch pad or the scraped trowel take off approximately 2mm off the surface of the K1 Silicone render to leave a nice scraped finish. Take off any dust residue with a brush.

Obviously use your judgement and in the colder months you many need to wait a little bit longer for the product to set properly for it to be scraped off.

How to install the K1 Silicone K-Rend to dense blockwork?

Building new construction like extensions requires the use of dense blockwork (7N or above) rather than brickwork, which tends to be quite expensive. It is very popular to the finish the external layer of this blockwork with the K1 Silicone render, taking costs out of the construction process.

The initial preparation of the K1 Silicone K-Rend installation process is very similar to when installing the product onto brickwork. Using the stop bead, corner bead and bellcast bead pin them to the walls in the appropriate sections. You can use 14mm, 15mm or 16mm beading profiles for this job. Do not use pink grip or spray foam, rather try and use some of the product, namely the HP12 basecoat or the K1 Silicone scratch render to stick them off. If you are doing this, you need to make sure you leave the product to set a bit prior to the application of any other layers.

If you are worried about substrate suction given the new blockwork in place then use K-Rend R7 Acrylic Primer. This will help with the product work time and allow the applicator to properly skim it. The primer can be applied mechanically with a spray machine or using a roller/ brush. Allow this to dry.

Then use the K1 Silicone render bag and mix it with the correct water content – use a paddle mixer. If you are using a spray machine, then follow the correct machine settings according to bags. The first pass of the K1 Silicone render should be 8mm thick. In this layer you will need to cut up the alkali resistant fibreglass mesh and install it into the product. Make sure that when installing the mesh, it is overlapped at least 100mm on each edge and additional reinforcement is installed around openings.

You do not need to fully push the mesh through as another layer of K1 Silicone render will be applied on top as the finishing coat. You may choose to notch or scratch the surface with a scarifier to provide a better key for the next part of the install process.

Remix the K1 Silicone render or set the machine again to the same settings. When the product is ready to apply or spray you ensure that approximately 10mm of product applied in this second pass. Do not allow the first layer to dry out or fully set – this step should be performed “wet-on-wet”.

When the 10mm thickness has been achieved, then level off the surface. You can use a range of tools to do this. We recommend using a spatula trowel, an I-bar or a speed skim leveller. You should then wait up to 24 hours for the product to set before attempting to scrape this off the wall.

Using a scrape tool or scratch pad, take off the 2mm of skin formed on the surface of the product taking back to the beading profile. If you have used 16mm beads then this will be taken back to the 16mm depth. When scratching off the surface try to use your judgement and in the warmer months you many need to work quicker, because if the product hardens off too much, it maybe tricky to work with the following day.

How to install the K1 Silicone K-Rend to lightweight blockwork?

You may also render onto lightweight blockwork or clay blocks, but you may need to use a slightly different basecoat to help with this installation process. We recommend using the K-Rend HPX basecoat product but be aware that this is not always in stock, so check with us instore or on the phones to that we may suggest any alternatives.

However, the installation process would be very similar if installing to common brickwork.



Looking for Render Supplies in Aylesbury?

Looking for Render Supplies in Aylesbury?

Are you looking for render supplies? Look no further than EWI Store!
We are specialist render suppliers – supplying a huge range of thin coat Silicone renders, Monocouche renders (including K-rend renders and Weber renders) and external wall insulation (EWI) systems. Building on the success of our Chessington branch, we are delighted to announce that EWI Store Aylesbury is now open! Our new 15,000sq ft warehouse is located on Faraday Road, HP19 8RY, allowing us to better serve North London and the midlands with fantastic quality renders at unbeatable prices.

Why to buy render from EWI Store Aylesbury?

As specialist suppliers of Silicone Renders and Moncouche / Scratch renders, our team have a great deal of knowledge on what to use and where to use it – so looking to apply render to insulation boards? Looking for breathable render systems? Our fantastic team will have all the answers!
The additional space in our new unit has allowed us to become your local K-rend supplier, EWI Store Aylesbury carries a large volume of HP12, K-Mix and K1 Scratch Render in various popular colours.  As specialists in thin coat silicone renders, we also offer the award winning EWI Pro thin coat renders. We have tinting facilities on site, so whatever the size of the order, we can have your render tinted to the colour you want within minutes.  It is not just K-rend and EWI Pro renders we offer though – EWI Store Aylesbury also stocks Rockwool, Jablite, Knauf and Sika products all available for collection and dispatch.  Our rendering tool range is great too! We have partnered with brands like Refina, Ox Tools and Regal & Barnes to provide choice, operating precision and quality.
Our aim is to be the one stop shop for all your rendering needs – so no longer do you need to chase round lots of different stores to get the bits you need to get the job done.

EWI Store deliveries are now even ‘quicker’

Obviously we would love to welcome you in branch, however we also appreciate that many installers want to get materials delivered directly to site. We have therefore greatly increased our delivery capabilities to ensure that whether you are looking for renders in Luton or K-rend in High Wycombe, we can serve you quickly and professionally. We have also partnered with reliable national and international couriers, so should your project be a little further afield – we still have it covered! We are delighted that we have removed the bottleneck for so many installers – we can get you coloured render, be it K-rend TC15 or one of the EWI Pro Silicone Renders to your site the very next day, regardless of volume!

Technical support and training available in Aylesbury

We have always been Governed by transparency and providing easy to access consumer information, as we believe that a more informed end-user is a more empowered user that will contribute to providing the best possible outcome. Just like in our Chessington branch, technical support and training will be available in Aylesbury. By ensuring that installers are trained and well-rehearsed in the products and systems that we offer, it allows our customers to achieve better results. We are happy for our customers to pop-in and have a chat with us at any time. Our sales support and Technical Sales Managers can run through the whole installation process, talking about product combinations require to achieve a competent and well-constructed end-result. The training days are unique as we not only run through the theory but will give the trainee the opportunity to have a go at applying the products onto the test wall areas.

EWI Store keeps prices fair and not compromising quality

Although we have made a sizeable investment in upgrading our operating capabilities, we will not be increasing customer prices. We strive to be cost-effective because we are constantly striving for innovation and delivering the end service in the most efficient way, cutting that unnecessary overhead burden to pass the benefits to the end-customer.

So, if you are looking for render supplies in Aylesbury – visit us at EWI Store!