A textured wall coating is a modern wall covering which is applied to the exterior of a home or building. There are many companies throughout the UK who specialise in offering textured wall coatings for homes and businesses alike and, as is to be expected from such a popular product, there are many benefits to the installation.
The majority of people choose to have wall coatings because they either want to protect or disguise the front, side or rear of their home. In addition to providing a barrier against damp, weather damage and the wear and tear which occurs over time, textured wall coatings hide any unsightly wall features such as tired brickwork, older rendering and poor quality cementing which whilst being structurally sound may not look appealing.
What is Textured Wall Coating?
A textured wall coating is thick cement made from sand, cement and water which is applied by hand using a trowel and other finishing tools or by machine depending on the provider and their specific technique.
In addition to the main three “ingredients” many companies also add further materials which give additional properties such as water proofing, allowing the property to “breathe” and give a water proof finish meaning that the material is classed as self-cleaning. This works by allowing dirt to sit on the surface of the coating rather than penetrating it and means that it is immediately washed away by any rain rather than having to be scrubbed away.
Although the majority of installers of textured wall coatings will have their own specific process to deal with the application of the coating and this may change or vary from property to property, there are 5 standard points of application which the vast majority of providers will follow to get the best, long lasting and most appealing finish.
Firstly is the preparation in which all dirt, moult, algae, loose materials and any previously damaged materials are removed. This means that the primer coating can make a firm and long lasting bond and is achieved by light pressure washing and/or brushing with a wire brush. This process also means that any structural or foundation problems can be identified and dealt with accordingly.
After this process, any doors and windows are temporarily sealed to ensure than no dust, dirt or moisture can get inside the building.
Before any of the textured wall coating is applied, any damage which has been uncovered is fixed, meaning that any cracked bricks or crumbling surface is mended to prevent it from becoming problematic for the homeowner at a later time.
Once this has been done then the area is primed using a silicone or resin to provide a solid and water proof base for the wall coating to sit on.
At this time, the final coat is applied. Although some installers choose to do this by hand and use trowels as they might if they were plastering, other installers have specialist equipment for this purpose.