Pebble Dash Removal London
Removing Pebble Dash From Heritage Properties
Pebble dash is a distinctive, coarse finish typically comprising a sand-and-cement layer decorated with small stones thrown on before the mortar dried. On a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian property, pebble dash can loss its visual and affect the building’s value over time.
For this reason, you might seek to have this finish removed, a job much easier said than done. The task should, therefore, be handed to a professional like one of our pebble dash removal specialists. We can also fix or replace underlying bricks as required.
If you have any concerns about undertaking what can feel like a difficult, dangerous task, then rest assured that you’ve got the right team on hand. At Jigsaw Brickwork, we’ve been professionally and safely taking care of problem pebble dash finishes for years.Book Site Survey
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Removing Pebble Dash
Pebble dash was often used as a cost-effective way to quickly weatherproof homes after both World Wars. However, in the 1970s, it also came into fashion as a low-maintenance overlay on Victorian and Edwardian brick homes, where it has not aged well.
Taking the DIY approach to pebble dash removal poses major challenges, but we know how to detach this finish without risking the condition of the brickwork underneath; we can leave period properties indistinguishable from how they were before the finish was applied.
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Replacing or Repairing the Damaged Bricks Underneath
Unfortunately, it's not entirely inconceivable that the pebble dash was originally applied to conceal damaged brickwork. In removing the pebble dash, we could uncover such issues as cracked or eroded brickwork, damp problems or crumbling pointing. However, the good news is that, if we do see such damage, we can replace or repair the affected bricks.
Perhaps, decades ago, a tradesman repointed those old bricks with cement-based mortar. This is a big no-no for heritage properties, as it can hinder the brickwork's flexibility and so lead to cracks and, consequently, damp to form. Where bricks have cracked or incurred other damage, we can repair them or, if required, simply replace them with bricks visually similar or identical to those elsewhere on the building's exterior.
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Repointing the Brickwork Using Original Lime Mortar
When removing the pebble dash and exposing the bricks, there should be lime mortar pointing underneath that has worn over time, we can remove and then insert new lime mortar between the bricks, resulting in a consistently solid surface once more. We also repoint in this way even if we fit new bricks.
It's important that, for this purpose, lime mortar is used instead of cement-based mortar, which should be reserved for comparatively modern properties. It's all part of our drive to ensure that our treatment respects the property's genuine heritage. Your London home was built in a certain way, to look and feel a certain way. At Jigsaw Brickwork, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to making your property look its absolute, original best – don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about how our work can work wonders for your home.
Our Pebble Dash Removal Process
Pebble Dash Removed
An experienced specialist will meticulously and gradually detach the pebble dash from the brickwork.
Damaged Bricks Replaced
Where bricks are beyond repair, we will replace them with new bricks of a suitable colour and style.
Bricks Cleaned and Restored
Remaining bricks can be cleaned if covered with paint or dirt, and returned to their original condition.
Lime Mortar Repointing
Lime mortar is the best choice of repointing material for a brick property from before the 1920s.