Stone cladding was a popular finish in the late 70,s and 80,s
Many houses up and down the UK were treated with a veneer of faux stone. Stone cladding was not usually real stone. More often it was and still is supplied in a pre-cast format. In reality, it is coloured concrete, not unlike paving slabs. On some new build houses, the cladding can look attractive and works well, on other homes such as old terrace houses, a stone cladding finish can appear a little out of place and look dreadful.
On solid wall house, stone cladding and the adhesive used to fix it can cause damp issues as it can stop the walls from breathing. Many houses were cladded down to the ground level often bridging the damp course, this can lead to rising damp.
Taking off and removing stone cladding from a wall can be a difficult task. In places, it will not come off without a fight! Brickwork is usually damaged during the removal process, as the adhesive used is usually heavy duty polymer tile adhesive. We can remove all types of stone cladding and repair and refurbish walls back to their former glory. We are also able to repair existing stone facing for those who want to leave it in place.
As a solution for damaged brickwork, we usually recommend lime based render as a solution for solid walls. Lime render allows walls to breathe and looks in keeping with period homes. For homeowners who desire a brick finish, we are able to re-face walls in thin bricks, cut from full bricks, we bond and point the brick slips with lime-based adhesive and mortar.
For more information on cladding and pebbledash removal such as the possible damage to brickwork when the stone cladding is removed and what can be done please visit our dedicated cladding and render removal site Back2Brick