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    5 Steps for Waterproofing your Home: From Roof Waterproofing to Wall Coatings

    Anyone who lives in the UK knows that it’s prone to a lot of wet and windy weather, which can be unfortunately not just during the winter months, but all year round! It’s important that your home is protected from the elements wherever you live, and there are plenty of practical solutions that can help waterproof your home and keep it cosy and dry all year round. From waterproofing your roof to external wall coatings, see our roundup below for five of the best ways to waterproof your home.

    Why is it so important to waterproof your home?

    It may seem obvious, as no one wants a cold or damp home, but there are several other important reasons why it’s essential to make sure your home is waterproof all year round. An influx of damp or moisture can cause both structural and health problems, which we will look at below.

    Protect your interiors

    If damp permeates your home then it can cause a range of problems for your interior, including peeling and yellow wallpaper, condensation and cold and damp internal walls. None of these effects are pleasant to live with, and if damp is left untreated it can lead to more serious structural damage.

    Prevent health problems

    A damp environment can cause or range of health problems (or worsen existing conditions) including asthma, chest infections, allergies and respiratory issues. Damp causes mold and condensation to form, and it’s the spores from these which can lead to health problems. Waterproofing your home to prevent the chances of this is especially important if you live with the elderly, young children or anybody with an existing health or immunity condition.

    Save money

    The initial cost of waterproofing your home might seem daunting, but it’s more than worth it when you consider the cost of repairing potential problems that can be caused by damp. Prevention is better than cure, and fixing your roof or applying coating for external walls is far more cost effective than repairing structural damage caused by damp.

    Avoid structural damage

    Unwanted moisture in your home can cause serious problems over time, especially if the building contains a lot of wood. Rising damp can destroy plaster and rot timber within your home, especially around window frames or wooden beams.

    Waterproofing methods

    There are many good reasons to waterproof your home, as discussed above, but you may not know where to start or which preventative methods are the most effective. Here, we will discuss five waterproofing methods for your home and how they can help prevent damp and moisture from causing problems.

    Roof coatings

    A waterproof roof coating protects roof tiles from the elements, including extreme heat, frost and moisture. They are also available for asphalt or metal roofs, and help protect against the growth of mould and mildew which can be caused by rain and damp. Roof coatings are made from a micro porous, water based membrane, and it remains watertight while allowing air to circulate which prevents condensation from forming under your roof.

    A waterproof roof coating also helps regulate temperature, ensuring your roof stays warm in winter and cool in summer, making it an energy efficient way to waterproof your roof.

    External wall coatings

    Waterproof coatings are also available for your external wall as well as your roof, and they can approve your home’s appearance as well as protecting it from the elements. Wall coatings are very durable, and work to effectively prevent moisture, mould and condensation from permeating the external walls and entering your home.

    Wall coatings can be clear, or in a range of neutral colours, so they can give your home a welcome update if needed. Like roof coatings, damp proofing your exterior walls can also help to regulate temperature and keep your home warmer in winter, thereby saving money on heating bills. Many coatings are also ultraviolet fade resistant, and can be used on a variety of natural materials including brick, limestone, sandstone and more.

    Basement tanking

    Basements and cellars can be particularly prone to rising damp, but basement tanking is one effective way to counteract this. Basement tanking involves applying a liquid waterproof coating to the walls and floor, keeping your basement dry and sealing it against moisture. Walls need to be exposed and free of and free of any previous coatings, plaster or paints in order for the coating to be effective; and ideally two coats should be applied for the most effective result.

    Having a fully functioning, waterproof basement can add significant value to your property, as well as providing useful space for a home office, playroom, extra bedroom or simply just extra storage space.

    Foundation crack injections

    Damp and moisture can seep through even the smallest crack in your home’s foundations, so it’s vital to have them sealed as soon as you notice any breach in your home’s foundations. One way of repairing any cracks is by using crack injections; these can be either high or low pressure depending on the size of the crack. One of the most common materials used is a type of polyurethane foam; this can be injected into the crack and it then sets, forming a watertight seal. This type of injection is incredibly durable, and in most cases won’t need to be repaired again.

    Repair your roof and gutters

    As you might expect, damaged tiles or holes and cracks in your roof is one of the easiest ways for water to enter your property, so it’s essential to get any damage repaired as soon as possible. Securing your roof also prevents heat from escaping, keeping your home warm and dry during the colder months. Ideally you should inspect your roof once or twice a year, and it’s worth hiring a professional roof company to do so to ensure no issues are overlooked.

    Maintaining a building’s gutters is also an important part of keeping your home waterproof; if gutters become clogged then excess rainwater from the roof has nowhere to escape, potentially causing leaks as the water builds up and pools on the roof. Gutters should be cleared of all leaves and debris, ideally twice a year or more often if trees and greenery hang overhead. Gutters should be cleared, and any cracks should be filled in or repaired. You should also check the joints and brackets to make sure no leaks are coming from these areas.

    If you’re looking for an effective way to waterproof your home, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings. We offer high quality, energy efficient wall and roof repair coatings that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Our coatings come with a 10 year guarantee, and help eliminate moss, prevent water damage and enhance the look of your home. Our roof coatings are even self-cleaning and water repellent, ensuring your roof stays looking its best for years to come.

    For more information about our range of coatings, give us a call today or find more information on our website.

    How To Tell Whether Your Home is Damp

    Mould and damp isn’t just unsightly, it can reduce the price of your home, make it much more difficult to sell and can also have a negative impact on your health if it becomes severe. Because we spend so much of our time in the home, ensuring that your walls and ceilings are free of damp is imperative. If you’re exposed to high levels of indoor mould and dampness, the spores could get into your body and cause you issues with your lungs and respiratory system.

    Smells

    Damp is often caused by unwanted moisture in the home from a leaky roof, or pipe or bricks that have become too deteriorated. This extra moisture tends to create a musty smell in the home; a smell often likened to the smell of wet socks, damp earth, rotten wood or paper.

    If you can smell anything similar to these scents, it’s worth investigating the area further.

    Sights

    If you can smell something suspect, the next step is to keep your eye out for visual signs of damp. Penetrating damp can be diagnosed by the appearance of mould on the walls, floors or ceilings, as well as dark patches on the walls.

    Rising damp is slightly different to penetrating damp as it moves vertically up the wall. If you find a damp patch that begins at the bottom of the wall and travels upwards, this is a sure sign of rising damp. If you see lifting floor coverings – things like tiles, vinyl or carpet – or rotting skirting boards then this would also indicate rising damp over penetrating damp.

    Sensations

    Finally, if you’re still unsure at this stage, it’s worth checking all of the windows. If there seems to be excessive condensation on the windows, then it’s even more likely that the culprit is damp. Another thing to check is if there is the appearance of a powdery substance on the walls and feeling the wallpaper to see whether it’s peeling.

    King Coatings: Your Choice For Exterior Coatings in Scotland

    At Kingdom Coatings, we’re Scotland’s leading roof and wall coatings firm. We can transform old roofs and walls so that they’re restored to their former glory and protected effectively from the elements.

    To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at Kingdom Coatings, Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET, call us on 0800 228 9436 or email us at info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk.

    Four Signs You Need to Replace Your Wall Coating

    Over time, our homes succumb to wear and tear which can definitely start to become noticeable. Whether your home has become weathered by the elements or is slowly ageing, a wall coating can help protect your home to a certain extent. But nothing is made to last forever, and this is true for wall coatings too. If you’re looking to keep your home in tip-top condition, you might need to replace your wall coating quickly. Here are four signs you might need to replace yours today.

    Peeling and cracking

    If you’re beginning to notice the walls of your home starting to peel at various points, this means the coating is becoming ineffective. It can make the property more vulnerable to damp and poor insulation too. Get your coating replaced as soon as possible to prevent a home worsening, and to prevent further peeling and subsequent home damage.

    Colour fading

    If you notice that the exterior colour of your home isn’t as bright or polished as it used to be, this a sign you might need to replace your wall coating. The colour can begin to fade within a matter of years and this can affect your home’s aesthetic and kerb appeal. Consider getting it replaced before a guest or neighbour starts to notice.

    It gets colder

    If you’re starting to feel the cold more than you usually should, it probably means your wall coating is slowly becoming more and more ineffective. A wall coating provides your property with a layer of insulation and helps stop excess energy escaping through the walls. If you’re noticing an unexplainable rise in your energy bills or you’re feeling a chill more often, this could definitely be a sign you need to replace your wall coating.

    Excess damp or water damage

    Condensation, mould and damp: all things that can gnaw away at a property and start to cause more serious health issues to those living in it. If you see that there are pools of water, problems with condensation, mould beginning to grow or your breathing and general health is starting to suffer, it’s a good idea to inspect your wall coating and consider getting a new one.

    At Kingdom Coatings, we supply energy efficient roof and wall coatings to homes across Scotland. For more information, contact us on 0800 228 9436 or request a free quote today.

    Do I Need Exterior Wall Coating On My Home?

    There’s no denying that as the weather turns wetter and colder, we look for added protection from the elements for our homes. Rain, wind, ice and the drop in temperature can all affect the exterior of a home; both aesthetically and in more serious ways if there isn’t adequate protection. Weakened walls or roofs can let in rain and damp, weakening the structure and making your home more uncomfortable if it’s cold and draughty.. Rather than investing in costly roof replacement or spending a fortune on heating bills; consider exterior wall and roof coating to help maintain the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. Read on to discover exactly what it is, how it works and the benefits it could bring to your household.

     

    What is exterior wall coating?

    Exterior wall coating is a specialist waterproof coating designed to stop moisture from penetrating the bricks that make up the outer walls, which then provides added protection from the elements to both the exterior and interior. One of the most popular choices is ProPERLA, a hydrophobic coating which repels water, to provide the highest level of protection possible. Coating for external walls can be clear – and suitable for use on brick, sandstone, concrete and stone – or a two coat coloured facade for use on mineral substrates that need a coloured exterior wall coating. Exterior wall coatings are self cleaning and super hydrophobic, but still breathable.

     

    Roof coating

    For added protection you might also consider waterproof roof coating; a similar product designed to protect tiles from prolonged exposure to frost, sunlight and moisture. The coating used is a unique, micro porous, water based membrane, which is both wind and water tight for superb protection from the elements.

     

    How does it work?

    Exterior wall coatings help to insulate buildings by reducing how much water is absorbed into the bricks or other mineral materials. The coatings form a super hydrophobic surface, which in basic terms simply means they are extremely difficult to get wet!

    A material is classed as super hydrophobic if it causes water to form droplets or ‘beads’ – the surface repels the water which means it ‘sticks’ to itself instead and runs off the surface, making it very difficult to absorb moisture. Something becomes super hydrophobic if the contact angle of the water hitting the material exceeds 150 degrees, which allows droplets to bounce back like an elastic ball. This has also been named ‘the lotus effect’, named in honour of lotus flower leaves, which are also extremely super hydrophobic.

     

    The process

    Each job will depend on the building, but a reputable wall coating company should follow roughly the same process below when preparing to coat your walls.

    First, all external building repairs will be dealt with, including fixing cracks, re-rendering or repairing loose bricks, so that there’s a lovely smooth surface ready to be coated. If your house is already painted then the old, flaky paint is usually removed before repairs are made, even if the coating being applied is clear. Some companies will also pressure clean your walls to make sure the surface is clean and fresh.  The coatings are then applied in one or two coats by a trained applicator with professional spray equipment to ensure an even covering. Depending on the temperature, the coating will be dry in around 6-8 hours and will then need a second coat if required.

    The process to prepare a roof for coating is very similar; the roof will also be pressure cleaned to remove any lichen, moss, dirt or other buildup from the guttering like leaves and sticks. This will be bagged up and removed so the team have a clean surface on which to apply the coating. Like the walls, any professional agency should include a restoration surface; fixing or replacing any broken tiles and replacing any loose or cracked mortar. In some cases a fungicidal treatment is applied before the roof coating to kill off spores and prevent any algae or similar regrowing on your roof. Finally, the roof coating is applied using specialist airless spraying equipment to ensure all tiles are covered.

     

    The benefits

    There are so many benefits to gain from investing in protective wall coatings or a roof sealant, see below for just a few of the reasons why.

     

    Weather protection

    Wall coatings are designed to withstand even the harshest of weather conditions, and can protect your home from rain, wind, frost and snow – perfect for those living in the north of England or Scotland where the weather can be extreme during winter. As mentioned above, the application process also involves making any existing repairs that are needed, sealing any weak spots in your walls and ensuring your home is protected from the elements for years to come. Most coatings are able to penetrate up to 17mm deep into the brick or wall material, keeping damp out on a surface level but also preventing penetrative damp from seeping into the walls.

     

    Added insulation

    Tests have shown that a damp content of just 5% in a plain brick wall can lower insulation performance by up to 50%, so maintaining dry walls can make all the difference to how much heat remains inside your home. A damp wall acts as a ‘bridge’, enabling heat to transfer from the inside out twice as quickly, however some leading wall coating products can reduce water absorption by more than 95%, resulting in less heat loss.

     

    Aesthetically pleasing

    External wall coatings can completely transform the exterior appearance of your house, even if you choose a clear option. The pre-treatment involved means that your brickwork will be cleaned and repaired, and some wall coatings are available in a range of colours to compliment your existing decor. The super hydrophobic material also repels water and dirt, so the walls are effectively self cleaning, as well as resistant to UV rays. All the above ensures that the facade of the building will remain clean and be slower to display age or general signs of wear and tear.

     

    Saves money

    As discussed, the insulation benefits of wall or roof coating can lead to a reduction in heating bills – if less heat escapes then there’s no need to have the central heating on for as long or turned up as high. Waterproof roof coating is also a fantastic preventative measure; it could extend the lifespan of your roof by years, and is great value for money compared to the costly task of retiling your roof.

     

    Adds value to your home

    Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, the 10 year guarantee on wall and roof coatings can add value to your home if you decide to sell in a few years. Waterproof roof coating extends the life of your tiles and ensures quality for added kerb appeal, whereas exterior wall coating can make your property look like new. The added protection and security that comes with exterior coating is very attractive to potential buyers, not to mention the money they’ll save on heating bills.

     

    Breathable

    As mentioned above, exterior wall coatings also prevent penetrative damp, while still allowing the walls to breathe. This means that air and moisture can still escape out, and won’t become trapped allowing a build up of condensation or mildew. This clever technology allows your house to stay warm and dry without becoming stuffy. It also helps regulate the temperature so you stay cosy in winter but cool during the warmer months.

     

    Resistant to mildew and other pollutants

    The super hydrophobic surface makes it difficult for moss, lichen or algae to grow on the walls or roof of your property. This keeps the building looking presentable and attractive, as well as reducing the likelihood of structural damage or damp caused by adverse weather conditions.

    If you want the best in energy efficient wall and roof coatings, Kingdom Coatings has you covered. Based in Scotland, we’ve developed our methods to protect your home against the very best and worst of the Scottish climate; from boiling hot summers to the harshest winter conditions. All of our coatings come with a 10 year guarantee for added peace of mind, so visit our website today to request a free quote and see how our friendly and professional team could help enhance your property today.

     

     

     

    Why Roof and Wall Coatings Are a Good Choice for Your Scotland Home This Winter

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    The winter is now well and truly here. The nights are getting longer, the days shorter and, of course, it’s getting much colder and wetter. With that in mind, it’s about that time of year for us all to make some home improvements to protect against the elements. Particularly in Scotland where, as we all know, the weather can be particularly unkind!

    Heavy rainfall can cause some significant damage to the roof of your home. In the winter, it’s likely that the battery of rain and snow will be pretty consistent and this consistency over an extended period of time will begin to wear down the shingles and tiles on your roof. If this results in gaps in the roof through lost or broken tiles, then moisture can work its way through the roof and into the underlay.

    When this happens, it can damage the structural integrity of the entire home through rot or mould which can put you, your family and your possessions in harm’s way. If you’ve got a sloping roof, then water can collect in the areas where the parts of the roof connect and overlap and this can also cause significant problems.

    This is all also true when it comes to walls. When extensive moisture is present on either the roof or the walls then it can spell trouble. Mould can be hazardous to your health and can lead to an allergic reaction, rashes, asthma attacks and sneezing. If you have a young child or live with an elderly member of the family then it’s particularly important to ensure that this doesn’t happen as these members of the family might feel the effects more.

    With all of this in mind, before the weather gets too bad, it’s well worth considering protecting your roof and walls from potential damage. By using a water-repellent coating, like RENOTEC, on your roof you can make the tiles resistant to moss, improve thermal resistance and reduce the effects of frost damage.

    Similarly with walls, by introducing a protective coating you can help mitigate the damaging impact of rain, wind, smog, mildew and prevent the growth of moss spores.

     

    Choose Kingdom Coatings

    Kingdom Coatings is Scotland’s premier roof and wall coatings company. We specialise in restoring roofs strewn with dirt and moss back to their former glory. This process is a surefire way to improve the appeal of your roof, extend its lifeline and protect it from the elements.

    To find out more, contact us. You can find us at Head Office, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa. FK10 1ET, call us on 0800 228 9436 or email us at info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk

     

    Kerb Appeal: Does Your Home Have It?

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    First impressions count when it comes to home, and whether you’re trying to sell your property or just impress visitors, there are many things you can do to give a positive impression. Estate agents often call this ‘kerb appeal’, which basically means the impression that your house gives from the outside. This can involve lots of factors, from whether the house looks well-maintained, perhaps with a nice roof coating to make the roof look like new, to decorative touches such as plants and pretty landscaping. So, what steps can you take to boost the kerb appeal of your home?

    Exterior maintenance

    Any part of your home that’s poorly maintained will soon stand out for all the wrong reasons, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get it looking like new. For example, roof coating systems are an easy way to upgrade your roof, making it look newly-installed, while also protecting your home. Some other maintenance jobs you could consider include:

    • Wall coatings – both attractive and add protection to your home
    • Jet washing your brickwork and pathways
    • Cleaning your windows
    • Paint your front door
    • Replacing gutters and flashing

    Just a few small jobs can bring your home up to date, making sure it is at its best and looks well looked after.

    Light the exterior of your home

    Exterior lights aren’t just for Christmas. A few tastefully placed lights can showcase your home and make it noticeable from the street, ideal for when you are trying to sell. Once your roof coating has been applied and your home is looking at its best, adding some small exterior lights along the pathway, or framing your front door, can transform your house into a show home.

    Clear a path

    When people pull up to your home, there needs to be a clear path to the front door, so make sure your pathway is tidy with raked leaves and trimmed hedges. If you don’t have a proper path, install one, it can make a big difference to your home. If you’ve made improvements such as adding a roof repair coating, it’s much easier to appreciate these upgrades when the façade of your house is clear and clean, and its nice to come home to.

    Get planting

    While many people have paved over their front gardens to provide more parking space, it’s worth trying to fit some plants in the space if you can. Even some small flowerbeds can make a big difference to your kerb appeal, and it makes your house seem homelier and loved. If you’re trying to sell your home, it makes it more likely people will want to see what’s inside.

    If you want to improve the look of your roof or exterior walls, get in touch with Kingdom Coatings of Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa, FK10 1ET. Simply call us on 0800 228 9436 or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk and we’ll get right back to you.