Coastal properties can take the brunt of the weather.
Coastal properties, especially those not sheltered by other properties or hills, take rather more of a battering from the elements than inland houses. Ocean spray, storms coming in off the water, increased ultraviolet damage from the sun; they all take their toll on a building’s paintwork and even its fabric.
Before you begin painting coastal properties:
You’ll need to carry out some detailed inspection, possibly some repairs, and certainly some preparation. The location and orientation of the building will have a large impact on how much damage it may have suffered – visible damage and hidden.
The main issues faced by buildings in seaside locations are erosion, damp and rust. Wind-driven rain, especially with a high salt content, will erode the weather protection of the building. This could cause cracks and loose render, and damp penetration to walls, timber and even flooring. Exposed metalwork may rust and, in buildings with rebar, if there’s enough damage to the concrete it’s possible for water to penetrate and rust the rebar. Cracks in render that allow water ingress can also result in toxic mould growth internally.
Specialist products can help coastal properties battle the elements.
Major damage should, of course, always be
addressed by a suitably qualified professional; a structural engineer will
advise on anything that goes beyond loose render.
Fortunately, all of the necessary decorating
supplies can be sourced from Brewers. Paints aren’t our only speciality! For
render repair, products such as Sandtex Masonry Filler, Touprelith F and Humi-Block
may be suitable. We can supply data sheets or advice in-store, so feel free to
test our knowledge. What’s essential is that cracks and holes are dealt with
quickly, as allowing water ingress, will increase the amount of damage and
therefore repair work needed. Before you begin repairs, it’s wise to remove all
salt and dampness from the surface wherever possible.
Repairs to exterior
woodwork, from sash windows, cills and shutters to balusters, cornice mouldings
and verandas, also mean choosing the best product. Skimping will cost you in
the long term. Any loose debris needs to be removed and any rotten timber replaced
with a suitable filler or, if not too far gone, treated with suitable
preservers or sealants. It’s probably worth making sure any trace of algae or
mould is gone, a surface cleaner such as Dulux Trade Weathershield
Multi-Surface Fungicidal Wash will do the trick. Brewers’ range of decorating
sundries for woodcare and wood filling also includes products from Sadolin,
Cuprinol, Ronseal, Liberon, RepairCare, Blacfriars, Johnstone’s, Solignum and
more. Ask your local Brewers branch team for advice on the best
product for the specific job in hand.
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For balconies, railings and other metalwork,
assuming that it remains sound, repair and maintenance should be
straightforward. Remove all loose paintwork, ideally stripping off the paint
entirely (we stock a number of paint strippers suited to different sorts of
paint), dig out any badly rusted metal, de-grease and then fill and repair if
necessary. Bradite and Rust-Oleum are reliable brands you’ll find in-store, for
treatment, preservation and painting of metal.
Preparation is key, however severe the damage
and whatever the surface. All loose material – from flaking paint to blown
render – needs to be removed. Failure to prepare the surface means that you’ll
find there’s not enough adhesion, you get uneven results or that the new
surface will fail sooner.
Waterproofing coastal properties
Not every surface is suited to waterproofing;
some building materials, and indeed parts of the building, are designed to be
porous and breathable. We advise consulting our in-store teams or an
independent expert before waterproofing external brickwork and masonry.
Once you’re confident that waterproofing is
suitable, we supply products from Grangers, Bondaglass, Synthaprufe and
Thompson’s, among others.
Painting coastal properties
Once your preparation work is complete, you can
move on to the final stages. Again, for a finish that will last as long as
possible, you want to be thorough and choose the best products for the job.
Always choose a good quality primer, unless you’re choosing a product that can
be safely applied directly to the base substrate. Rust-Oleum’s Noxyde, for
instance, can be applied to new or bare steel; it’s an elastic coating with
excellent anti-corrosive and water-resistant properties, and won’t flake
because it flexes with the expansion and contraction of underlying metalwork.
Other products we know to be particularly
well-regarded in demanding coastal areas include Murfill Waterproofing (our Protective Coatings team has even used this to protect a lighthouse) and Johnstone’s
Stormshield Pliolite Based Masonry Finish. You’ll find a large choice of
exterior wood paints, metal paints and masonry and render paints in your nearest Brewers
Decorator Centre – and if what you need isn’t in stock, we’ll
order it in especially.
While some standard trade paints will be up to
the task when painting property exteriors in a seaside location, it’s worth the
extra investment in sourcing specialist paints and surface coatings. These will
have been formulated to do a very specific job and withstand tougher climates
Many of the exterior façade treatment and paint
products available at Brewers can be used with various spray equipment. This
can ensure an even and flawless finish. Find your nearest Spraystore here or, for input into any specialist paints, waterproofers and
roofing liquids, contact Brewers Protective
Coatings Division, our Institute of Corrosion accredited