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Using CorkSol render to improve the look of your home

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If your house is looking dated, or perhaps your render is damaged or stained, then no doubt you're keen to do something about it. A spray-on coating, like CorkSol render, can upgrade your home's exterior in a matter of days – it lasts longer than re-painting and it's cheaper than re-rendering.


What is CorkSol render used for?

CorkSol is a type of spray-on wall coating that is increasingly being used in place of traditional sand and cement-based renders. It's predominantly made from cork, so it's eco-friendly, and it shares many of the same properties as this natural material.

CorkSol render can be used to:

  • repair and cover cracks in your current render
  • cover stains and signs of ageing
  • give your home a modern, stylish, and uniform finish in the colour of your choice
  • insulate your home from the outside-in

Cork is a natural insulator, which makes it ideal for rendering your exterior walls, and it's more effective than traditional sand/cement renders.

It acts like a thermal blanket wrapped around your house, stopping heat from escaping – a whopping 30% reduction. With CorkSol render you can save up to 15% on your heating bills and cut your carbon emissions.

It's also effective at blocking out sound – it can absorb up to 38dB of noise, so if your property is roadside, you can look forward to enjoying more peace and quiet.

What makes cork spray so popular is that you don't have to remove the old surface materials first, because CorkSol render can be sprayed over the top. The super adhesive coating can be used on nearly all surfaces for a long-lasting finish.


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What surfaces can CorkSol be used on?

CorkSol render is sprayed on in thin, even layers, and using this technique, an approved applicator can cover large areas quickly. When it comes to exterior walls, it adheres to most surfaces, including:

  • pebble-dash/roughcast
  • sand/cement render (with or without lime)
  • in-situ or pre-cast concrete
  • brick
  • stone
  • asbestos cement panels
  • wood
  • metal sheets
  • render board/structural insulated panels (SIP)

Silicone-based renders, coatings, and fillers are the only materials not suitable for use with sprayed-on cork.


CorkSol over pebble-dash

If your home has a 1970's or 80's pebble-dash exterior, then you might assume that it's too costly to remove it, but with CorkSol render you don't need to because you can spray over it. Without the hassle of removing the old pebble-dash, you can expect the job to be finished quicker and with a lot less disruption and mess.


How long does SprayCork last?

CorkSol render is flexible, so it moves with your house through the seasons, and this elasticity makes it resistant to cracking.

It's also weather-proof and resistant to organic growth (such as algae) so it doesn't discolour or fade over time. You can expect it to look fresher and cleaner for longer, and any marks or stains that are made accidentally can be washed off with ease.

CorkSol is so confident that their cork spray is durable, that they offer a 25-year-warranty on their sprayed coatings. It's guaranteed to last longer than re-painting, and it's cheaper than re-rendering using traditional methods.


What colours does CorkSol come in?

CorkSol render is available in 24 colours – you can pick from shades of grey and neutrals, or there are more colourful options, such as lavender, olive, and denim.

In an episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud described cork spray as "tying the building into its setting." With so many shades to choose from, it's entirely possible to give your home a finish that matches its surroundings.

It also creates a uniform finish which is ideal if parts of your home have a different finish, i.e. an extension that doesn't look like the rest of the house. Using a spray-on coating can pull together these different elements to make a coherent whole.

The CorkSol website has a visualiser that you can use to see what your style of house would look like in your chosen shade. There are a range of options to choose from:

  • cottage
  • modern extension
  • semi-detached house
  • detached house
  • terrace
  • bungalow
  • three-storey new build

Once you've picked the style of house that looks most like your own, choose from the colour options to see what it would look like in the shades available.

The look of your home affects how you feel about it, and choosing a colour is a big decision, so if you're still not sure, you can request to see a sample.


CorkSol approved applicators in your area

SprayCork can only be applied by approved applicators who have undergone training and certification from CorkSol. There is a technique to applying the spray-on coating, and experience is everything when it comes to getting it just right.

Total Trades is an approved applicator of CorkSol render covering Doncaster, Scunthorpe, and the surrounding areas. We understand that it's not easy to choose a contractor, and that's why we operate with complete transparency.

We are passionate about making sure our quotes are detailed and clear, so you feel in complete control. What's more, all our customers know who their project manager is and how to contact them.

Quality and care are words we live by, but don't just take our word for it – we have over 50 reviews on Check a Trade from happy customers who rate us highly. We're a family business and reputation is everything, so you can rest assured we will treat your home as if it were our own.


CorkSol render – the bottom line

If you want to upgrade the look of your home, then CorkSol render promises a modern, stylish finish, but more than that, it will stay looking clean and fresh for longer. With a range of colours available, you can pick a shade to create a uniform look that suits your property and its surroundings.

If you'd like a quote for CorkSol render or you'd like to discuss your next project, get in touch with the team at Total Trades for a friendly, no-obligation chat.

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