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    Raising the Roof: The Best Rooftop Scenes in Film and TV

    When it comes to film and TV, it’s fair to say that some of the most iconic scenes take place on rooftops. Whether the mood is set by stunning scenery or the height adds an element of danger to ‘the final showdown’, rooftop encounters never seem to disappoint and once you start looking, you realise just how often rooftops feature on the big screen.

    At Kingdom Coatings, roof maintenance is our forte and with this in mind, we’ve made a list of some of the best rooftop scenes in film and TV.

    Mary Poppins

    This classic film and childhood favourite contains one of the most iconic rooftop scenes of all time. ‘Step in Time’- one of many musical classics from the film- is performed by Bert and his fellow chimney sweeps on the rooftops of London and this couldn’t be a more perfect location for the performance. You can’t help but stare in disbelief at the impressive display of choreography, and the scene has an intense sense of excitement as the chimney sweeps leap from rooftop to rooftop. This jaw-dropping scene simply wouldn’t be the same in any other location, and the daring yet graceful performance coupled with the vertigo-inducing height is just the perfect combination.

    Almost Famous

    This coming of age classic features a significant rooftop scene that is often overlooked. After arguing with his fellow band members, Russell Hammond goes to a house party to forget his worries and finds himself on a rooftop shouting ‘I am a golden god.’ Whilst there are serious undertones at play, this is a predominantly humorous scene in which Hammond is trying to come up with some profound ‘last words.’ After settling on ‘I’m on drugs’ he leaps off the roof into the pool and wakes up the next day feeling a little worse for wear. Although seemingly insignificant, the roof is a platform on which Hammond is coming to grips with the highs and lows of fame, and it could be said that the roof is used to demonstrate that in this moment, Hammond’s ego has reached new heights.

    The Departed

    As previously mentioned, there is something so epic about rooftop fight scenes and this is especially apparent when watching Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The rooftop location undoubtedly adds to the tension of this final showdown and you’re kept on the edge of your seat throughout. There’s also the descent from the rooftop in a lift which further adds to the suspense as you’re genuinely unsure how the scene is going to end. In this instance, the rooftop location is utilised flawlessly to achieve a nail-biting movie crescendo.

    Friends

    Whilst it may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when contemplating iconic rooftop scenes, ‘The One Where They’re Up All Night’ is an episode in which none of the friends get any sleep for various reasons. Arguably the most humorous storyline is Joey and Ross getting stuck on the roof and their eventful trip down the fire escape. When the fire escape gets stuck, the friends have no choice but to climb down one another which is where the scene reaches peak hilarity. So, if you’re looking for a bit of lighthearted humour, this is an episode that will undoubtedly have you in stitches.

    If you want a roof that’s fit for the big screen, rely on the experts at Kingdom Coatings. Our roof coatings will protect your property from harsh weather whilst giving your roof a fresh new look. Contact us today for more information.

    Maintenance Tips to Give Your Property a New Lease of Life

    From adverse weather conditions to the comings and goings of residents, our properties don’t exactly have it easy. We often take it for granted that our homes are resilient enough to withstand whatever life throws at them, and domestic properties are indeed built to last. However, over the years, wear and tear is inevitable both inside and out and there may come a time when your home is no longer the picturesque building it once was.

    So, to help you bring your run-down property back to life, we’ve made a list of a few things you can do to restore your home to its former glory.

    Get polishing

    When you’ve been living in a property for a few years, it’s not uncommon for certain furnishings to lose their shine. From wooden floors and counters to ornaments and bits of furniture, certain surfaces can begin to look a bit dull after a while, so it’s important to give them a good buff every now and again. Polishing your furnishings will help to make the interior of your home feel fresh and new, thereby giving it a new lease of life.

    A fresh lick of paint

    Whether you have a bike leaning up against the wall in your hallway or you’ve recently taken some pictures down, holes, scuffs and dirty marks on the wall can significantly detract from the overall look of your property. It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do and to go the extra mile, you could also cover up any holes with wall filler.

    A fascinating front door

    When it comes to revamping your home, it’s not just the interior that requires attention. As the first part of your home that visitors see, it’s important for your front door to be in tip-top condition and over the years, it’s likely to have suffered wear and tear. From washing and dusting to painting and polishing, there’s a lot you can do to make your front door stand out from the crowd and with a fresh new look, you can guarantee your home will be turning heads again in no time.

    Freshen up your front garden

    If your front garden is looking a little worse for wear, now is the time for action. After all, you don’t want your home to attract attention for the wrong reasons. Whether you want to plant some fresh flowers or simply give the area a spruce up, updating your front garden will undoubtedly give the exterior of your property a boost and, for those preparing to sell a home, a manicured garden can significantly increase a property’s kerb appeal.

    The wonder of wall coating

    If you want to give your home a new lease of life as well as protect it from the elements, an exterior wall coating offers the perfect solution. At Kingdom Coatings, we have durable wall coatings that are bound to inject some life back into your property. With 8 stunning colours to choose from and a 10 year guarantee, you yourself can guarantee you’re investing in a quality product that will give your property the lift it needs.

    To speak to one of our experts about our wall and roof coatings, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

    Four Ways to Get Your Home Winter Ready

    With autumn being just around the corner, winter is just a hop, skip and a jump away and whilst many of us will be lamenting the loss of the summer sunshine, there’s lots to look forward to in the colder months. From cosy nights in to festive evenings out, there’s a lot more to winter than bitter temperatures and adverse weather.

    That being said, winter weather can be harsh at the best of times, especially here in Scotland, and with this in mind, it’s essential for your home to be ready for whatever the season has to throw at it.

    So, to ensure your home stays warm and toasty, we’ve made a list of four things you can do to prepare it for the coming autumn and winter.

    Book your boiler in for a service

    As a general rule, it’s good sense to have your boiler serviced once a year. However, if you can time it so that this takes place before the cold weather sets in, you can rest assured that your boiler is good to go for winter. A thorough inspection of your system will ensure it’s operating efficiently and, in the event of any problems, these can be dealt with promptly so that they don’t rear their ugly heads later on. There’s nothing worse than a boiler breaking down in the depths of winter and with this in mind, it’s advisable to be one step ahead when it comes to boiler maintenance.

    Check your windows and doors

    To ensure your home is energy-efficient, it’s essential to check all your windows and doors. After all, there’s no sense in having the heating on if the warm air is escaping through various cracks and gaps. Check that all sealing and weatherstripping is intact and where there are leaks, make sure that these are covered. Not only will this prevent warm air from leaving your home, but it will also stop cold air from entering, helping to keep your home toasty in cold weather.

    Invest in some cosy blankets

    Whether you want sofa blankets for those cosy evenings spent watching the telly or you’d like a blanket for your bed to combat those cold winter nights, it’s important to wrap up warm when the temperature dips. A thermal blanket that retains heat is bound to keep you snug at home and further to this, it’ll make you less reliant on your heating. So, to stay warm, save a bit of money and reduce your carbon footprint, we’d advise investing in some cosy blankets for your home.

    Apply a waterproof coating to your roof and exterior walls

    In addition to lowering the temperature within your property, winter weather can also have a negative impact on the exterior of your home. Excessive snow and rainfall can degrade your roof and exterior walls, and a waterproof coating offers a durable and cost-effective solution.

    At Kingdom Coatings, we specialise in protecting homes from adverse weather conditions and our waterproof coatings come with many benefits. In addition to strengthening your home against the elements, our coatings will increase your home’s energy efficiency and further to this, a roof coating is a much more affordable alternative to re-roofing your home.

    For more information on our products, get in touch with the experts at Kingdom Coatings today.

    What’s The Story in Balamory? Five Exterior Wall Treatments and Paint Colour Ideas For Your Home

    Back in 2002 to 2005, BBC Scotland produced Balamory for Cbeebies, a fictional children’s program following the lives of characters that lived in a multitude of brightly coloured houses. We decided to take inspiration from this and, as a provider of external wall treatments for homes, post five different colour ideas that would make your house the most stylish property on your street.

    Inject Pops of Colour with Turquoise Blue and Sugary Pinks

    It cannot be denied that, although blue connotes feelings of calm and tranquillity, a bright turquoise blue is cheery, vibrant and exciting. Whereas the saccharine hues of pastel and fuschia pinks add a mixture of playfulness, youth and romance to the exterior of your home.

    Bright colours perfectly suit the slick angular lines of mid-century architecture, and a quick slick of blue or pink allows you to easily turn your home into an abode worthy of the Hollywood Hills.

    Blend with the Outdoors with Sage Greens and Burnt Orange

    If you prefer your home to complement rather than stand out from the natural, choose muted rustic tones like sage greens, burnt oranges and ochre to give your home warm earthy tones.

    Accent these exterior walls with off white window frames to give your home a quintessential cottage-like appearance.

    Stand Out From the Crowd With Postbox Red and Sunny Yellows

    Why not bring a smile to your neighbour’s faces and paint your house a bright red, orange or yellow hue? Or, why not paint your home the 2019 colour of year – coral? Perfectly contrasting with a bright blue sky, these sunny and summery tones can give your home a Mediterranean style feel all year round, transporting you to the sun-drenched coasts of Positano and Portofino.

    Make Your Home A Tranquil Haven with Lilacs and Greys

    If you aren’t fond of the 2019 colour of the year, why not look to the past and choose the 2018 colour – lilac? Offering an equal mixture of calming connotations and royal tones, a lilac or purple-hued home will show your neighbours who’s boss.

    Yet, if you want your home to feel like your safe haven to escape to, tranquil tones like soft greys can achieve just that.

    Opt for Traditional and Natural Creams, Whites and Browns

    If you don’t want your home to stand out, but you think it still needs a fresh lick of paint and the added bonus of weather protection, then speak to us at Kingdom Coatings. We offer beautiful exterior wall treatments that are visually appealing and can protect your home from retaining moisture. This can prevent your home from acquiring damp and mildew, which could potentially be hazardous to human health.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, we offer the following shades:

    • Cotswold Cream
    • Cotswold Stone
    • Polar White
    • White
    • Beige
    • Pebble
    • Devon Stone
    • Water lily

    To find out more about us, or to see our range of external wall treatments in person – simply contact us today.

    Nature’s Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: A Brief Guide To Moss

    Commonplace in gardens and woodlands around the UK, moss can at first seem like a harmless product of nature. From it’s soft texture to its emerald green hue, it wraps itself around and hugs rocks, trees and plants. Moss has also been a form of artistic material, being used to clothe sculpture and live plant walls in homes. However, though it may seem harmless, it can have a detrimental effect if it grows on the roof of your home. Below, we take a closer look at moss and explore why it should be removed if you notice it on your roof or in your gutters.

    What is Moss and Why is it Good For Nature?

    Though we warn you against moss growing on the roof of your home, moss is actually harmless in itself and protects the earth’s natural ecosystems. It has been estimated by The Woodland Trust that there are approximately 1,000 different species of moss growing on UK soil, and around 22,000 different species worldwide.

    Moss is important ecologically as it helps to soak up rainfall and maintain a humid environment. What’s more, it is a home for invertebrates and critters like woodlice and slugs. Moss relies on damp conditions, which is why it can grow on the roofs of our homes and thrives in the often wet and windy UK climate. Moss, Algae, Liverworts and Lichens can add character, texture and beauty to our gardens. As mentioned above they are utilised in many art and interior installations, with more and more moss walls being a decorative item in urban city homes.

    Why Moss is Bad for Home’s Exteriors

    Despite its seemingly harmless appearance, moss can be a catalyst for roof damage. As mentioned above, moss soaks up rainfall and grows in damp environments. Whilst this means that it can act as a home for a wide range of bugs and garden creatures, it can become heavy with rainfall and lift up your roof shingles. This means that the bacteria can grow into your roof, creating holes and roof leaks.

    It is no secret that roof leaks can be incredibly damaging to a home’s structure, inviting damp and potentially damaging the inner electrical workings of your home. This is why, if you notice moss growing on your roof shingles, then it is recommended that you remove the moss safely and efficiently yourself with a hose or by contacting a reputable roofing contractor.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, we pride ourselves on providing energy-efficient roof and wall coatings throughout Scotland, and our experts are no stranger to moss. We can help extend the life of your roof tiles as well as eliminate moss growth. To find out more about us, or to speak with a member of our team, simply contact us today.

    Solve Five Major Home Problems with Coating for External Walls

    The condition of the walls in your home is extremely important. Damp, wet walls, mould, mildew and cracked bricks can really bring down the appearance of your home, however, all of the above are common issues. Whether it’s from frequent exposure to the sun, being regularly soaked by the rain, dramatic shifts in temperature, poor application or simply wear and tear over a long period of time, there are many problems that can occur under certain conditions.

    If you find that moisture is consistently present in your property, you could be putting yours and your family member’s health at risk. Damp walls and roofs can lead to mould and mildew, both of which can be detrimental to human health. In order to ensure that your walls remain in the best condition possible, sealing any potential weak spots in your walls is essential. Here at Kingdom Coatings, we can help you to protect your property from the elements, offering a range of external wall coatings, coverings and treatments.

    What exactly are exterior wall coatings?

    Exterior wall coatings are decorative treatments that are specially developed for exterior masonry surfaces. Not only do they provide an attractive finish to the exterior of a building by covering up imperfections, but they are also hard wearing and durable, ensuring low maintenance and long lifespans.

    Exterior wall coverings can be up to 40 times thicker than traditional exterior paint and therefore protect your walls far better from the elements. Due to a high resin content, exterior wall coating systems achieve great flexibility and elasticity, as well as excellent adhesion qualities. The cost of exterior wall coatings is not high, and they are available in a range of standard colours suitable for most properties, such as whites, beiges and creams.

    The difference between normal paints and wall coatings is that wall coatings have a far higher level of weather resistance, damp resistance and the ability to not fade or cracks. Natural resins and minerals are blended to produce a long lasting paint finish for your home which will protect it for years to come.

    Below, we take a look at five common problems that houses can develop and how investing in external wall coatings can help.

    Penetrating damp

    Damp and mould are both a common problem in the home, caused by excess moisture. Not only does damp look unsightly, but it can also be hazardous to human health which is why it is essential that you do your very best to prevent it from forming in your home. Damp walls in your property can lead to mould and mildew. Mould typically appears in the form of patches of black, green or brown with a musty smell that can be both unpleasant and dangerous due to toxins. Living in damp conditions can lead to a number of health issues including headaches, coughing, wheezing and throat and eye irritation.

    In addition, high levels of damp within the walls can lead to render failure. This is because frost and moisture can get trapped between the wall and the render, causing hairline fractures which can eventually lead to failure of the render.

    Rust on brickwork or metal jacking masonry

    Accidental damage to the brickwork of your property can cause rust to appear on your brickwork. While brick is a durable material, it can develop rust stains over time which can appear in unsightly spots of yellow and brown. While you may not think that rust is too much of an issue, it can easily spread and cause your brick to start deteriorating – something that can threaten the structural integrity of your property. The right waterproofing paint will help prevent water damage to your brickwork, ensuring that it remains in the best condition possible.

    You may also find that your metal jacking masonry is rusting. This, too, can cause major structural problems with buildings and it is essential that rusting is noticed and repaired quickly.

    High home heating bills

    If you have noticed that your heating bills have rocketed recently or you’re spending more money than usual on your bills, it may be a sign that you are losing heat through poor insulation. While there are many things that you can do to improve insulation and retain heat in your home, you may not have thought about external wall coatings – something that can make a huge difference. If you have noticed that your home is taking far longer to heat up or cold air seems to be flowing quickly into your home, it is worth considering external wall coatings for your property.

    Rough or uneven surfaces and cracks

    The external appearance of your property is very important, not just for you, but for visitors too – especially if you are thinking about selling your property in the future. Unsightly blemishes or cracks can ruin the aesthetics of your home and make it look scruffy – remember, the outside of your home is the first thing that people see when they visit your property.

    External wall coatings will effectively cover up any unsightly blemishes while also smoothing out rough surfaces, improving the appearance of your home and protecting the exterior of your property from future damage. In addition, a wall coating can add value to your property as it protects your home and ensures that your walls will remain in top condition for years to come – something that potential homebuyers look out for.

    Scars from previous alterations or poor DIY

    Your home may have scars from previous alterations or bodged DIY jobs. Often, when we try to carry out work on our home with little experience, it can leave our homes with unsightly marks and scars. Whether your home is covered in scars from alterations that you have carried out yourself or you’ve just moved into a property that is covered in cracks and marks from the previous homeowners, using an external wall coating is a quick and easy way to cover up these marks and get your property looking as good as new again.

    Kingdom Coatings: exterior wall coatings and roof sealants

    At Kingdom Roof and Wall Coatings, our experienced and highly trained team are dedicated to helping your home in Scotland remain in the best condition possible. You can always rely on us to provide your home with the best weather protection available. Our high quality external wall finishes will dramatically improve the appearance of the exterior of your home, as well as protect your property from the elements.

    Our wall coatings are specially designed to provide the highest levels of protection possible, and will protect the interior of your home as well as the exterior. At Kingdom Coatings, we can effectively seal any potential weak spots in your walls that could allow water to get into your property, ensuring that your home remains safe, warm and dry. Our team will pressure clean your walls to make sure the surface is clean and fresh, as well as repair any damage on the wall. Plus, while most coatings dry from the inside out, ours dry from the outside in, ensuring that the coating is even more energy efficient than others.

    At Kingdom Coatings, we also specialise in restoring roofs. For more information about our services and how we can help keep your home in top condition, visit our website or get in touch today.

    From Unusual Historic Finds to Modern Metropolises: Scotland’s Most Beautiful Homes

    The rich and rugged landscape of Scotland is home to quaint stone cottages, glorious medieval architecture and elegant modern structures. Whether nestled amongst the Scottish highlands or amidst the bustle of busy cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow, there are a range of domestic marvels that are peppered across Scottish land and cityscapes. As a leading roof and wall coatings provider, we have seen an extraordinary amount of stunning homes, so we know a thing or two about design. Below, we have a handpicked selection of Scotland’s most beautiful homes.

    The Modern House, LadyBank, Fife

    Designed by Gareth Hopkins, The Modern House is located within the historic walls of a fruit garden on the grounds of Kinloch House. With an open plan living space, clean lines, glass and wood, the large windows of this stunning property overlook onto an expansive and quiet lawn – the perfect place for children to run around.

    Dunrobin Castle

    We couldn’t not include a stately home on this list of stunning homes in Scotland. Dunrobin Castle fits the fairytale and chocolate box associations of castles with its stunning yet austere presence. Framed by silvery turrets, this castle is one of the oldest inhabited homes in Scotland, dating back to the 1300s. Feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast when you visit, as it bears a resemblance to iconic French Chateaus.

    Fordell Castle

    A 16th-century castle with plenty of character, Fordell Castle is a unique tower house with its own chapel, crypt, study and great hall – all of modern life’s essentials! Set amongst Fife’s verdant countryside, this private estate cannot be explored by the public – so it remains to be one of Scotland’s best-hidden secrets.

    Wester Waterlair Art Deco Style House

    An award-winning art deco style house, this detached home looks like a cosy family home on the interior but has an astonishing and unique exterior. With characterful blue painted windows, stark white walls, and a mixture of spherical and angular lines, this house is a homage to a bygone era of flappers girls and frivolity.

    Craigievar Castle

    Not only is this a castle, but it is possibly one of the most quintessential and fairytale looking castles in the world. With its towering pink exterior yet petite frame, it is rumoured to have inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Beautifully preserved by the National Trust, it remains virtually unchanged since it was completed in 1626.

    Here at Kingdom Coatings, we pride ourselves on providing energy-efficient roof and wall coatings throughout Scotland, and our experts are no stranger to a range of roofing and exterior wall problems. We can help extend the life of your roof tiles as well as eliminating moss growth and damp. To find out more about us, or to speak with a member of our team, simply contact us today.

    Four Scenic Walks in Scotland for the Adventurous

    As one of the last bastions of the truly wild, Scotland remains a favourite for the more adventurous among us looking to brave the elements and explore the beauty our country has to offer.

    From the dramatic highlands to the rugged coastal trails, our stunning country has a huge amount to offer. With this in mind, we at Kingdom Coatings decided to put a quick list together of our top four walks throughout Scotland.

    Fife coastal path

    Stretching over 117 miles, the Fife coastal path has a huge amount to offer along its trails. Catering to a range of difficulties, ranging from charming and level trails to more wild and demanding sections.

    You can spend time exploring the cosmopolitan streets of St. Andrews or make your way along the rugged cliffsides and stunning beaches that the Fife area is known for; whatever your tastes, this coastal walk has it.

    The Great Glen Way

    Looking North-West, the Great Glen Way focuses around the fault line splitting the highlands and the lowlands and offering walkers a mystical trip through the forests and glens of this wild section of the Scottish countryside.

    Many walkers take the walk in stages and begin their journey from one of the towns dotted along the trail. Expect to traverse the forests around Loch Ness, Loch Lochy and the towpath of the Caledonian Canal.

    The Saddle

    At 1010 metres high, the Saddle is truly a test of endurance for the more adventurous walkers in Scotland, however, the pay-off is truly stunning for those who make it to the top.

    Not for the faint of heart, the area is famed for the Forcan Ridge, a ridgeline connecting the Saddle top to its neighbour Meallan Odhar. Once you reach the top, you will be great with magnificent views across the Five Sisters of Kintail.

    Ben Nevis

    As the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis is the crown jewel for serious walkers and climbers looking for a challenge in the British Isles. Towering over the tiny town of Fort William, the walk itself will take around six to seven hours to complete, just be prepared for a few sit downs along the way!

    Kingdom Coatings – expert roof coating in Scotland

    At Kingdom Coatings, we’re extremely proud of our beautiful, rugged environment, yet with such a wild country comes pretty wild weather. With this in mind, our quality roof coatings will ensure your roof can battle the elements, making it as rugged and strong as the country within it resides.

    For more information, visit our website or get in touch on 0800 228 9436.

    How to Apply Coating for External Walls

    When it comes to finishing your home’s exterior, choice is abound. You can seal the exterior, leaving the masonry exposed for viewing, paint it, or you can use a special coating to help cover the entire wall. And that’s just a starter for ten.

    A coating is very different from paint in that it is applied differently and has to be considerably thicker than paint. Exterior wall coatings are used for a few reasons.

    They look great: Older masonry doesn’t always look very attractive and it may be starting to darken or look iffy. Using wall coating on the exterior will give your home a nice, uniform look and you can add texture as desired. Thanks to the coating being thicker, it can be smoothed or textured as desired.

    They cover flaws: If your home is not build quite to the standard you’d like and there are chips or dips in the exterior masonry, a good wall coating will cover this. As long as the irregularities don’t affect the structure of the home, you can cover them with a thick layer of coating and smooth it all out.

    They last for a long time: Outer wall coatings are designed to last for a long period of time. They’re flexible and have a number of adhesives mixed in to ensure the coating will stay on the wall. The coating should last for many years to come, barring any excessive damage.

    They’re low maintenance: In general, you won’t need to do much for your exterior wall coatings, except clean them from time to time with water to eliminate debris. It’s natural for textured coatings to collect a little dust or bits of pollen, etc. that fly in on the wind, but these can be rinsed off easily with a garden hose and water.

    They come in multiple colours: You’ll find exterior coatings in all the standard colours, but you can also have them specially mixed to create a colour that you want, but can’t find. If you are trying to match an existing colour scheme, for example, you may need to special order the colour that you need.

    They come with multiple textures: While most wall coatings can be textured on application, some come with built in texture. These include gritty pieces to help incorporate a little or a lot of texture. You’ll find that there is a wide variety of options here, so you’ll want to see and feel examples of each option before you make a decision.

    They protect your home. Older walls can end up deteriorating over time, so adding a coating is helpful for preventing further decay. The coating also protects the house against minor damage and still lets the walls breathe. It’s important to allow for some circulation, since dampness inside the home needs a way to escape.

    They’re energy efficient. Exterior coatings provide your home with a little more insulation than usual, which helps keep heat or coolness inside. It also reflects sunlight, to prevent the interior of your home from heating up too much. If you’re interested in an eco-friendly exterior, this is a good choice.

    Wall coatings aren’t for everyone, but they can make a profound difference as to how your home looks and feels. If you don’t want to deal with regular paint, then this type of coating can be useful.

    How to Apply Wall Coatings

    Now that you know the benefits of having a good quality coating on your exterior walls, you need to understand how it is actually applied. While it can be done by yourself, you’ll want a professional to handle the job to ensure it’s well done.

    Step One: Clean the Wall

    A pressure washer is the best way to clean a wall before you apply a wall coating. This will spray off any dirt and moss, as well as paint and grime that has collected over the years. If there are still signs of mould, you can use concrete cleaner to scrub it off.

    This step is very important, as you need to make sure there is nothing on the wall that will prevent the coating from adhering.

    Step Two: Look for Problems

    Any wall can have defects or damage. Some of these may be covered up with the wall coating, but others need to be fixed before you attempt to cover them. You should be looking for mortar that is coming loose, holes or cracks in the walls, and any bricks or stones that are starting to crumble away. You can make notes of the defects, or you can mark them with a piece of chalk.

    Step Three: Fix Any Issues

    Once you’ve inspected the entire house and have seen exactly where the problems are, you need to go back and fix any that require fixing. This generally includes replacing any bricks that are missing or severely damaged, replacing mortar, and putting putty on the cracks. You want the surface to be as stable as possible for applying the wall coating. If there are any loose pieces, they could fall out later and pull the wall coating with them.

    Step Four: Apply the Coating

    Follow the directions on your coating to apply it. Usually, you will use a special tool or a scraper to apply it thickly to the wall, then scrape it level. If you want to add texture, this can be done at the end, section by section. Some people even do a second coat after they’ve done their first coat, adding texture to this one. The resins in the mixture should help it adhere to the wall, but you’ll need to be sure all your repairs are completely dry before attempting this.

    Adding a wall coating isn’t that difficult, but it is certainly time consuming. The exterior of your home is huge and you will need to complete large swaths each session. It’s also important that the finish be uniform across the house and that may be difficult if you’re not a professional. For this reason, and to speed the process up, many people prefer to hire someone else to do the job for them.

    Roof Coating and Roof Waterproofing

    When you’re working on your exterior walls, don’t forget your roof. This is an excellent time to make sure your roof is also in good shape. This is more than just applying waterproofing paint for roof top use. While the coating may help prevent future leaks, it isn’t great at repairing existing leaks, so you’ll need to find those and repair them first. You can use waterproof roof sealant to seal any cracks that you’ve repaired, then add the coating.

    Keep in mind that waterproof roof coatings are usually meant for flat roofs and are designed to help make your roof water resistant. If you have an uneven roof and water is collecting in puddles in areas, you’ll need to fix this, too. It’s usually best to fix it before you apply any coating, since it’s easier to level out a rooftop before you add coating.

    Can You Use Roof Sealant on Walls?

    There are specific sealants that are designed for walls, but you probably don’t want to use roofing sealants on the walls. This is due to the fact that your walls let liquid and gases pass through them. This is the importance of breathing when it comes to walls.

    However, while walls are an essential part of eliminating humidity from inside the home, roofs are in need of complete sealing. After all, if you have water sitting on a flat roof, the last thing you want is for it to get through to the interior. Walls require a different touch, since they’ll never have water sitting on them. Rain may drive against the walls, but it certainly won’t go through them if there are water resistant coatings.

    Your best bet for finishing your home is to opt for a proper exterior wall coating. Exterior wall coatings cost more than paint, but they provide so much more protection, it should be considered essential for every home. With a variety of finishes and colours available, there is something for every decorating taste. Add to this the fact that the coating will protect your older walls and new ones, too, for years to come and you have an essential element for managing your home’s exterior.

    Are you looking for someone to handle applying your wall coating? Contact Kingdom Coatings today to get a quote on your property.

    Top ways to prepare your roof for summer

    We may still be within the realms of winter, but as the days slowly start getting longer and the sun begins to show its face once more, it’s clear that the warmer months are just around the corner. There’s no better time than now to start preparing your home and garden for summer and making sure that any damage your property sustained throughout the harsh winter months has been taken care of. This is particularly important for your roofing, as this is the part of your home that is most exposed to the elements.

    Here we share our top tips for preparing your roof for summer:

    Inspect your gutters

    After months of heavy rainfall and blustering winds, your gutters are likely looking worse for wear. Whether they’re full of decaying leaves from neighbouring trees or they’ve started to leak, it’s important to use the spring months to inspect and repair them as necessary. A broken or faulty gutter won’t collect and reroute rainwater as it’s designed to, which could see your roof sustain water damage.

    Additionally, if your gutters are full of debris, they may become increasingly attractive to birds and squirrels looking to make a nest for spring. While this may sound like a great way to attract more wildlife to your local area, small animals can cause a significant amount of damage to your roof. For this reason, it’s imperative to tidy your gutters before the summer comes around.

    Replace missing tiles

    If your roof has suffered throughout the winter months, you may expect to find some missing tiles or shingles. Although this may not seem very pressing at first, missing tiles can do more than just damage your home’s kerb appeal. As a result of slipped roof tiles or shingles, moisture may be able to seep into your property and cause a variety of problems inside.

    From damaged insulation to pooling water in your upstairs rooms, there is a long list of problems that can occur from a moisture build-up. And, with warm weather just around the corner, issues such as condensation and mould may become more prevalent. Prevent this from happening by making sure that your roof tiles are in place as they should be.

    Invest in a roof coating

    If you haven’t considered the benefits of waterproof roof coatings, now is certainly time to do so. There are many reasons why you should consider coating your roof in time for summer, one being the fact that waterproof coatings can keep your roof cool even in hot weather. This makes investing in a roof coating a great way to limit the number of times you have to resort to your home’s air conditioning solutions through summer and, as a result, help you cut the energy bills you’re paying out for.

    As they’re waterproof, roof coatings can also protect your home against heavy rainfall. While levels of rainfall tend to lessen during the summer (although, not necessarily in Scotland!), it’s still advisable to keep your roof protected against the elements throughout the year. By taking steps to ensure your roof is in the best possible condition for summer, you’ll also minimise the risk of damage occurring during the winter months, too.

    Could your home benefit from a waterproof roof coating? At Kingdom Coatings, we supply and install only the highest quality roof and wall coatings for our customers in Scotland. Our work comes with a 10-year guarantee to make sure your roof stays protected throughout many summers and winters to come. For more information about our range of services, get in touch with our team of experts today.