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Our team of trained technicians applied their extensive knowledge in modern render to repair this block's exterior!
Spectrum was approached by an existing client and asked to carry out façade repairs to a number of properties that they managed. The client, a block management company, had previously employed Spectrum to clean and restore the render on all eight blocks located on the site they look after.
As a result, they were familiar with the high standard of our work and our areas of specialist expertise. The residents of the blocks were also very happy with the work we had carried out previously and so, when further repairs were required to the render, we were the first company they called on.
The main focus of the project was repairing render on the façade of the properties. This render had been damaged when the previously external mailboxes were removed and relocated inside each of the buildings.
Removing these mailboxes from outside the properties left large void areas in the facades of the buildings. Spectrum was asked to carry out render repairs, re-render these areas and blend them in seamlessly with the rest of the façade. The timescale for this project was two weeks.
The site that Spectrum was asked to work on was made up of eight large blocks. Each of these blocks had had their mailboxes moved from their external façade to an internal location. This had resulted in a large void area, and a significant amount of cracked render, on the outside of each of the buildings.
These void areas were unsightly and affected the overall aesthetic of the site. Spectrum was asked to carry out extensive render repairs to each block, covering over the damaged area and returning the blocks to excellent decorative condition.
As each block was made up of multiple properties, our teams were required to communicate with those living in the blocks in order to minimise disruption. As we had recently cleaned the facades of the buildings, the residents were aware of our company, the work we do and our high standards. This made it easier to coordinate with residents and carry out the works with minimal disruption.
The site was relatively easy to access and presented few logistical challenges. As our teams had recently been working on the site, cleaning the render on the blocks, they were familiar with access routes and with the elevations on each block.
Most of the work required on this project was to the exterior walls of the lower floors of the buildings. This meant that we were able to work from ground level and didn’t require heavy machinery or other access solutions. This helped us to keep the cost of the work to a minimum and meant that our teams could work quickly and efficiently.
When carrying out modern render repairs, it is essential to properly prepare the area. This means that old, blown and cracked render needs to be removed before work can begin. Any damaged areas of render that are removed should be left with a clean, straight edge. This prevents feathered edging and helps to achieve a high quality finish.
Once cracked and blown areas of render had been removed, the first step in repairing the damage to the blocks was filling the void area that had been created by the removal of the mailboxes. This involved rebuilding the substrate from the structural blocks in order to create a wall area to re-render. This step was very important as the new substrate needed to be exactly level with the existing substrate in order for a good finish to be possible.
Carefully and thoroughly filling the void area with high quality modern render is also very important as it prevents water infiltration and minimises the chances of future damage. If it had not been done correctly, the join between the new and existing substrate could have become a weak point in the façade of the property. Over time, it could have let water penetrate into the façade, causing serious damage and undermining the integrity of the façade.
Our teams carefully filled the void area and made the new substrate flush with the existing surface. Once they were happy that the two areas were exactly level, they were able to smooth the surface and create a seamless finish on the façade of the blocks.
Understanding modern render systems was key to the success of this project. Different renders behave in different ways, so our expert knowledge in K-Rend repairs and Webber repairs proved invaluable. Our teams were able to select the right products for each job and apply them to the surface in the correct order. This created a seamless finish and ensured the render repairs will look good for as long as possible.
Another factor that contributed to the successful outcome of the project was the fact that we had recently carried out a deep clean on the blocks. This was very important as dirt, grime, staining and discolouration had been removed and the cleaned render had been restored to its original aesthetic condition.
This made it a lot easier for our teams to match the colour of the new render with the existing render of the façade. Working with a clean façade also prevented dirt, grime and organic compounds from contaminating the render used on the project.
The render repairs on the eight blocks were completed within the two weeks allocated for the project. On completion of the works, the areas that had been damaged by the removal of the mailboxes had been completely restored and the exterior of the blocks had a clean, smooth and seamless appearance.
The residents and management company were very pleased with the work that Spectrum carried out on the site. Once the rendered sections were complete, the exteriors of the properties were protected from water penetration and the aesthetic appearance of the blocks was dramatically improved.
Using the correct materials and processes on the blocks ensured that these repairs will be long lasting and will properly protect the exterior façades of the buildings.
Our previous work cleaning the render of this property allowed us to best match the colou
By properly preparing the areas that needed to be repaired, we prevented future damage to the property's exterior.
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