Our Guide to Pebbledash and Exterior Painting

In this blog post we discuss pebbledash and exterior painting. Read on for our tips and advice.

Our guide to pebbledash and exterior painting

If you're painting a façade in a terrace, look at the houses next door....

Pebbledash

Pebbledash is often considered to be very unappealing, but much of our inter-war housing stock is pebbledashed and it remains popular with homeowners because it is extremely durable and, on the whole, maintenance-free. Problems occur when it ‘blows' - the thin top layer comes away from the base coat - or fissures appear which go through both layers. If you find pebbledash unappealing, this is a good time to remove it. However, it is as limpet-like as stone cladding, so it means a time-consuming costly job that you'll find many builders reluctant to undertake.

Exterior painting

If you're painting a façade in a terrace, look at the houses next door - yours doesn't have to match them, but it's better if it doesn't clash. Colours are affected by each other: you may think you are painting your house off-white, but if the property on one side is yellow and the other side stone, your off-white will look bright white. Always make sure that you buy the right kind of paint for your house: many modern exterior barrier paints are unsuitable for older rendered properties because the walls are unable to breathe.