Render cleaning: a cost-effective alternative to painting cycles
When one of our existing clients got in touch to ask our advice on an alternative to entirely repainting a residential development, we knew just what would save them time and money.
Breaking the continuous loop of painting cycles
Building managers are often stuck in a continuous loop of painting cycles, trying to maintain a clean and tidy building – but this really isn’t necessary. Many blocks of apartments are rendered with monocouche render that has colour in its pigment, meaning it doesn’t need to be painted. Instead, regular exterior cleaning can leave it looking as good as new and significantly extend the time between painting cycles.
Even if building managers do decide to paint render, it’s important to have the surfaces professionally cleaned first to ensure organic matters like moss and algae that can dislodge the paint are thoroughly removed. That’s where we come in. Exterior building cleaning is incredibly cost effective, at just one third of the cost of repainting. We can entirely clean the exterior of a building with our dedicated equipment to ensure it looks pristine. If that hasn't quite done the trick, however, the building is then already in the perfect state to be painted.
From the windows to the walls
For Dial Stone Court in Weybridge, Surrey, we embarked on a full project, which included render and brickwork cleaning, window cleaning, gutter maintenance and small repairs. We used steam cleaning to remove dirt, which appeared in patches and streaks across the exterior walls. As part of our gutter maintenance service, we investigated downpipes with a camera on a rod, to check for blockages and potential leaks, then cleared and repaired them.
As the client was so pleased with the result, they asked us to take care of the roof, which had become overgrown with moss. The moss was being swept by wind and rain into the gutters, causing blockages and unsightly stains. We scraped the moss away and used a biocide to penetrate the roof substrate to eliminate the spores to prevent regrowth.
Thanks to our specialist access equipment, including spiders that require very little floor space to operate, we were able to save the client £20,000 on scaffolding costs and caused minimal disruption to residents.
Experts in render cleaning
If you manage a residential or commercial development and want to save money on painting cycles, call Max or Andy Morris on 0333 234 1445 or email your enquiry. We can provide a full exterior cleaning service or carry out isolated cleans on exposed parts of a building to upkeep its appearance and the structural integrity of the exterior surfaces annually or at regular periods, to reduce the need for repainting.