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No longer as fashionable as it used to be... pebbledash removal companies are transforming the appearance of properties across the UK. Read our guide for average costs and how to save with free quotes.
Here are some example prices to remove the existing render and apply a new coat of flat render:
|House Type/Size||Average Removal & Re-Render Price|
|2 bed bungalow||£2,940.00|
|3 bed bungalow||£3,332.00|
|3 bed semi-detached||£5,096.00|
|4 bed semi-detached||£5,488.00|
|3 bed detached||£7,252.00|
|4 bed detached||£7,644.00|
(Prices taken from multiple sources and averaged)
Prices Checked 19/09/2021
No matter how you feel about pebbledash and its viability as a decorative material, there’s no doubt it was once a very popular render material for external walls. Pebbledash was used to build tons of cheap houses in post-war years, not to mention that it was intensively used in arts and crafts. But, surprisingly, it has stuck around until now- possibly because it was quite a durable material.
So, is this building relic still workable today? Is your house covered with the 60s, 70s pebbledash but are feeling that it’s bringing that cheap and boring vibe? You might want to remove or revamp it, especially when it covers most of your home’s original features.
Regardless of the reason pushing you to alter your existing render, you should first understand what this material really is, and what the options you have call for, cost being a significant consideration.
Pebbledash is a form of render made by mixing stone fragments and mortar, then spread and pressed in building walls. This exterior wall finishing material is a common sight on cheaper houses of the 20th century, specifically those in areas susceptible to harsh weather.
Pebbledash is usually confused with roughcast, but you should know that the later material is made by mixing large stones/ pebbles, cement and sand. Due to the smoother finish of the resulting material, roughcast can be painted.
The most common reason why people want to remove pebbledash is the cheap and outdated feel it brings to a house. Most people naturally wish to avoid this, but it’s not the only reason why you may want to remove this material:
You can do any of these three things if you feel that pebbledash is not serving its purpose right on your property:
The cost of pebble dashing a house can vary depending on various factors. Let’s discuss some of these cost considerations below:
As mentioned above, you can remove the pebbledash and replace it with another material. Luckily, there’re numerous render options that can be used in place of it. Let’s explore some of these alternatives:
Cost -£45 to £65, almost similar to silicone
This is a 15mm render made with cement as a hardening agent. The material is delivered to your home as a dry mixture which is then blended with water. The base layer is around 4mm and features a polymer-infused render and a mesh. The other proportion (11mm) is where the monocouche mixture comes in.
Monocouche render can be prepared in various colors and various looks: smooth, textured, or rusticated/stone-like look.
Cost - £40 to £60 per metre squared
As the name suggests, this render is made by building materials with acrylic and polymer ingredients. Acrylic render is pre-made and delivered to your home, ready to install. This render can even be pre-colored if you’re looking for a vibrant finish for your home.
Cost - £50 to £60
This is one of the traditional render forms that’s still used today due to the original look it creates on a property. It’s usually an 8mm to 10mm layer made of three coats. The proportions of the mixture are calculated depending on the specific property of the components. The mixture cures for 28 days but may take up to a year to set. The material requires a specialist to apply.
Cost - £50 to £70
Silicone stands out for its excellent waterproofing properties and variation in color options. In addition, the material is always dry and clean, not to mention that its alkaline content keeps algae at bay.
Silicone is viewed as a premium material render; hence it comes with a high price tag, as seen above.