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I am fully qualified external wall insulation installer and renderer plasterer of over 20 years .so why not up date and warm your home with an insulated or coloured render

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Reviewed by Gurbuz on 12/11/2018

We agreed for our two houses full exterior rendering. One house was very terrible condition. Cliff and his team completed these two jobs very quickly (absolutely on time), very high standards and results are brilliant. He is a friendly and honest person. Now we are considering him for our next project. We are highly recommending him.

I have over 18 years experience in rendering and the building trade. I specialise in external wall insulation and many other systems to do with rendering. Pebble dash silicon renders, acrylic, brick slip, brick rend, one coat, hard wall. Etc Ground works / footings drains block work roofs etc. And Many other trades with in our capeability Provided With 100% satisfaction from all my clients/ customers. Check out my profile picks and comments of jobs completed by my team. Or goodle AC rendering for your own peace of mind. Can even provide multiple quotes for jobs from cheap to fix quick and top end perfection for hi spec new build. We also provide spray finish with parex and webber. comercial builds also

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Reviewed by marian on 16/5/2018

Will definitely keep this company in my phone book Excellent workmanship will have them to do the rest of the house if they are interested. Just need to save for next project thanks guys

Welcome to LMG Home Improvements. We are a family run business who insulate and render homes. Working with leading manufacturers, we look to bring you the very best products to improve the warmth, look and value of your home.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 11/11/2018

Had my semi render removed and then silicone rendered. Lmg were reliable, quote was good and the whole work was completed in a timely manner. I'm very happy with their work and their tradesmen where a trustworthy guys. I left my home open to them so they could access electricity, bathroom drinks etc. I'm very happy with the work they did. Thank you guys and I would definatly recommend.

North West Render Specialists Ltd - We have the experience & expertise in rendering the exterior of your property. Using our specially selected coating systems, we can provide protection for even the most exposed properties.

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Reviewed by Katie on 17/1/2018

Extremely happy. Hired the! Before the Christmas holidays started and they were immediately great. We had been let down by a different company and were desperate to get the work done. They were fast, efficient and absolutely great. The house is looking ace and would use them again.

We are an award winning plastering and construction service in the heart of Devon. We are clean, tidy and reliable and strive for perfection on every job.

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Reviewed by Michelle on 3/11/2018

Matt and his team did an excellent job. Friendly, motivated and conscientious at all times, a pleasure to work with. Matt turned up when he said he would providing a quote very quickly. He also turned the job around very quickly which was impressive. His communication was good throughout. Really pleased with the results, will definitely use matt and his team again if I require any further plastering.

We are a family run business with over 15 years experience in the plastering trade, we carry out every aspect of plastering to the highest standard and always take pride in our work, we are great with tight schedules and dead lines as we are not affraid to work long days if we need to, if reliable, hard working an eye for detail is somthing your looking for then "Jones Plastering" are the team for you!!

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Reviewed by Jake on 22/10/2018

Excellent service from Jonny... would highly recommend, reliable efficient and has done an excellent job!

Me and mathew have over 18 years in the plastering trade,we formed jk plasterers ltd in 2014 and we have a excellent repeat client base and photos of our past jobs as references if wanted.we pride ourselves on leaving your home as we found it and 100% satisfaction,we work arpund the clients needs and we are fully insured for your peace of mind.we cover any job be it domestic or commercial and no job is too small or big..artex removal specialists

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Reviewed by Martin on 20/11/2018

Very professional service at reasonable cost. More than happy to recommend to anyone looking for a skilled plasterer.

Providing a quality plastering service around North Wales and Gwynedd for over 10 years . Your property is our priority

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Reviewed by Katie on 2/11/2018

Chris was reliable, did the work in a very timely manner and there were no unexpected costs. One very happy customer. I would definitely hire Chris again for any other work in the future.

Hi, I'm a good, young, reliable multi-tradesman. I am always happy to help with any work that needs carrying out. I've got 12 years experience. No job is too big or too small.

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Reviewed by caroline on 4/12/2018

Luke arrived when he said and did a great job, he is doing a few more weather permitting . Highly recommend ??

Hi my name is Jay and im a time served plasterer. I started labouring at the age of 14 in the school holidays for a plasterer and then started my full apprenticeship at 16 then became self employed and started my business at 20. I am very skilled in all aspects of interior plastering with a very reputable business. We always work to the highest standards with a mirror finish.

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Reviewed by John on 30/11/2018

A good job done very quickly.

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External wall insulation specialists - what you need to know

External wall insulation is a cost-effective home improvement for houses with solid walls.

According to the National Insulation Association, a massive 45% of heat escapes through the walls of houses with uninsulated solid walls.

External wall insulation improves keeps your home warmer, adds value to your house and reduces energy bills, making it a worthwhile investment.

Installation involves applying an insulation material and weatherproof cladding to the exterior walls. The cladding that goes over the top comes in a variety of different finishes including smooth, textured, tiled, painted or panelled, allowing you to choose a style that complements your house.

Are my walls solid or cavity?

External wall insulation is the best insulation option for older properties with solid walls.  Newer properties generally have cavity walls which are best insulated using cavity wall insulation instead. There are a few simple checks you can make to find out which type of wall you have.

Age - properties built before the 1920s usually have solid walls, whilst properties built after this time have cavity walls.

Brick pattern - if you’re not sure on your property’s wall type, the brick pattern on exterior walls often gives it away. Cavity walls are usually built using bricks of a uniform size, whilst solid walls have an alternating pattern of full and half-length bricks.

Thickness - cavity walls are thicker than solid walls.  To check how thick your walls are, open your front or back door and measure the wall through the door opening.  Cavity walls usually measure over 30cm, whilst anything less is usually a solid wall.

Internal wall insulation versus external wall insulation

Solid walls can either be insulated internally or externally. Whether internal or external insulation is most suitable for your house depends on a few factors including budget, severity of heat loss, and the condition of your walls.

External wall insulation is the more expensive option, but it will improve your home’s appearance and is generally less disruptive to install, whereas some redecoration will be required after internal insulation has been installed.

If you’re not sure which type of insulation is right for your requirements, then a professional installer will be able to help you decide.

What are the benefits of external wall insulation?

  • Reduces heat loss through walls.
  • Reduces energy bills.
  • Reduces internal condensation.
  • Protects walls to improve longevity.
  • Improves weatherproofing.
  • Improves sound resistance.
  • Improves appearance of your home’s exterior (curb appeal).
  • Environmentally friendly.

Moisture penetration

Whilst external wall insulation will stop moisture penetrating your exterior walls, it cannot prevent moisture entering your wall internally. It does however reduce damaging internal condensation by warming the wall. This causes internal moisture to condense closer to the cold external air rather than on the internal surface.

How long will the job take?

On average it takes three to six weeks to complete the work depending on the size of the house, but it can take longer if your walls need any repair work or if the weather is very bad.

What preparation work will be required?

Before any work starts, your tradesperson will need to prepare the area. Preparation will involve clearing the walls and the surrounding area of any obstructions ready for putting up the scaffolding. Scaffolding will then be erected for the duration of the job.

Satellite dishes, hanging baskets, creeping plants and anything else attached to the walls will need to be removed. Check with your tradesperson what preparation work is required and who will carry it out.

Cost of external wall insulation

External wall insulation can cost anything in the region of £8,000 to £22,000. The price of the job depends on the size of your property and the condition of your walls.

In some cases, it may be possible to get a grant to help with the cost of external wall insulation as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.  Speak to your energy company to find out if you are eligible or contact the Energy Saving Trust for more details.

How much money will it save me?

Whilst solid walls are more expensive to insulate than cavity walls, the savings that can be achieved on energy bills with this type of insulation are bigger.

Listed below are the average annual savings on energy bills after the installation of external wall insulation according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Detached £425
Semi-detached £255
Mid-terrace £160
Bungalow £175
Flat £120

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Although there are no formal qualifications required to do the job, there are several courses and certificates available to achieve official recognition.

These include a City and Guilds NVQ certificate or diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments, as well as short courses offered by product manufacturers.

Planning permission for external wall insulation

Whether or not your job will require planning permission depends on the finish you choose for the rendering. If the finish alters the appearance of the exterior of your house then you are likely to need prior planning permission.

If you live in a listed building or within a conservation area you will need to speak with your local authority.

You also need to ensure that all work carried out complies with solid wall building regulations.

Insurance for external wall insulators

You should expect all reputable tradespeople to have public liability insurance as standard.  This covers any accidental damage that may be caused to your property whilst work is being carried out.

Questions you should ask your external wall insulator

  • Do they have any qualifications or certificates?
  • Are they a member of the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA)?
  • Which decorative finishes do they offer?
  • Will they install a vapour barrier to protect from moisture in the wall?
  • Will they use full scaffolding?
  • How long do they estimate the job will take?
  • What preparation work will be required before installation?
  • Is the work guaranteed and what are the details of the guarantee?
  • Do they have public liability insurance?

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