Roughcasting Scotland| Pebble Dashing & Harling

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Scottish Roughcasters | Roughcasting company in Central Scotland

An exterior wall coating and roughcasting company in Glasgow and Edinburgh serving Scotland.

Before Roughcast Treatment in Central Scotland

Before Roughcast Treatment in Central Scotland

What is external roughcasting wall insulation? Is it available in Central Scotland

Wall Coating Scotland are experts in all things relating to external/exterior wall and house treatments including external/exterior roughcasting, pebble dashing or harling. The exterior of your property is the first thing that people see, in terms of aesthetics it’s very easy to spot a house that has been treated using roughcasting or similar products. Installation and use of quality materials are paramount to successfully roughcast a house. You will feel a sense of pride when our work is complete, our external roughcast and rendering work always gets strong feedback from our Scottish customers.

“First class. Polite and well-mannered team. Pleasant to deal with throughout. No mess left behind overall very impressed with the finish. Would recommend.”
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*External Roughcasting is often known as pebble dashing or harling. Simply put its the external stones and rough gravel that you will see in the outside walls of many homes in the central belt and across Scotland. Roughcasting is the most popular type of exterior wall treatment you will see in Scottish homes as it’s a more cost-effective option and if installed correctly it’s built to stand the test of time.

*Roughcasting Materials consist of cement, sand, smaller gravel, pebbles, shells plaster and lime. The mortar mix you use is the most important part of successfully roughcasting a wall or house. A little like wall coating spray, when roughcasting a house you should always cleanse your walls of any dirt, debris, mould and old paint. Harling which many Scots more commonly refer to roughcasting as (especially people from Edinburgh & Fife) is a form of roughcast which is made from lime and aggregate, Harling can be found on many of Scotland’s castle’s due to its long-lasting properties and lack of maintenance or painting requirements.

*Roughcasting a wall like wall coating and exterior painting is best carried out by professionals as it’s easier than you would think to get it wrong which can lead to further problems. The process again very similar to wall coating, consists of thorough preparation, allowing the walls to dry properly and then finishing the job with an inspection to make sure it has set properly.

Wall Coating Scotland only ever use tried and tested products which carry a guarantee for up to 20 years.

“Work was done to a high standard, with considerable time spent ensuring nothing was missed.”
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“Work to the house was carried out efficiently and professionally. Pure Eco Solutions team worked together making the process stress free. Really pleased with the finished job”
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If you would like to use a company who treat your home as if it was their own then please call 0808 164 5707 and we can start a dialogue. Although we can’t give an accurate price until we have surveyed the property we can still take some basic information such as the type and size of the house you live in and rough dimensions if you know them. This means we can provide you with a rough idea of costs on the telephone so there are no surprises when we provide you with an accurate quote after your home survey. All our guarantees are transferable should you decide to move home in future.
Like all other exterior wall protection and wall renovation, when applying roughcasting preparation is key. We start by removing your old roughcasting, paint, cladding or pebble dashing surface and then begin cleansing the wall of any existing paint or debris. We then prepare a roughcasting coating using only premium sand, lime, gravel and other roughcasting products. The consistency of the mixture as well as using high-quality materials and applying them gradually over certain sections of your wall is crucial. This is the fundamentals for roughcasting preparation, it may sound basic however it’s fairly easy to get it wrong and then when you apply the materials you will be on the back foot.
Wall Coating Scotland is a Glasgow and Edinburgh based company, most of our fitters are from the Central Scotland area with both of our offices located in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Although we are based in Glasgow and Edinburgh we carry out exterior wall treatment and renovations in every town, city, and village in the Scottish Central Belt including regular work completed in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, West Lothian and Fife. ANYTHING relating to the exterior of a home, Wall Coating Scotland is your best choice and certainly, if you are looking in the Central Scotland area we are worth contacting for a competitive quote and high-quality work. Lots of customers we have complete roughcasting for said they were so glad to have found as especially after having numerous salespeople visit the house and call. Although we can in some cases serve all of Scotland given we are based in the central belt most of our roughcasting work is in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire. Wall Coating Scotland DO NOT USE A HARD SELL APPROACH, we have experienced staff and veteran sales professionals which will be apparent when you contact us.

Exterior Roughcasting

Improve the look and feel of your home. New roughcasting can help insulation of your property by up to 50%.

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Adverse Weather

Scotland is known for its harsh weather conditions. Wall Coating Scotland can help your home get that new look and feel back.

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We are available at any time of the day to give you our free estimation to give your home that weather-proof, longlasting covering that it needs.

Signs your home needs Roughcasting or Re-Roughcasting

There are several tell-tale signs that you need to have your roughcasting repaired more commonly known as re roughcasting. If the rough casting on your home is beginning to crumble there are several maintenance techniques you can apply before carrying out a complete repair. We would, however, warn you of any DIY jobs or anyone who is eager to start patching it up without checking if your home insurance covers it and wither or not it is really the best option long-term. Often it is the case that water can become trapped behind the render and then frozen which separates the render from the substrate. The best way to confirm if this is the case is to have professionals take a look, even it’s just a survey to establish what is causing the issue before deciding on the best action to take. Most plasterers will offer rendering services so finding someone that will isolate the problem is fairly easy. If it turns out this is what’s causing your roughcasting to crack you are left with two viable options, you can patch the area affected and the area surrounding it or you can have the whole area removed and replaced with a new external finish. The best course of action really depends on the size of the area that’s damaged, and of course, you will have a budget to consider as well. Budget or not, papering the cracks by carrying out some patching can often do more harm than good… Here’s a list of other signs your roughcasting needs repaired or replaced;

  • Expansion of brickwork which causes cracks in the exterior.
  • Visible erosion, this is often caused by a mixture of moisture and time.
  • Damage to the render, this is more visible most people will be able to tell there’s an issue just by looking.
  • Efflorescence (caused by poor masonry creme or mortar mix application) again most of the time this is a problem with aesthetics, however, if left for too long it can affect the structure of your building.
  • Structural damage, this is something that differs on a case by case basis.


Our Roughcasting process & what happens next

We have already mentioned above how important preparation is when carrying out roughcasting or any other exterior wall treatment. Here’s a list of what you can expect from us from start to finish if you decide to choose Wall Coating Scotland to complete your homes roughcasting work;

  • It all starts with a phone call or complete a basic online web form.
  • We carry out a free survey offering a free, no obligation quote for you to consider.
  • You can select from various available dates for our fitters to being work.
  • Preparation day which involves laying down protective plastic sheets and scratch-proof film to protect your property.
  • We erect scaffold if the job requires we do so.
  • Cleansing of your walls removing dirt and debris as well as carrying out any small repairs if required
  • Application of beading
  • The first coat of render is applied 
  • The second coat of render which has dry dashing and roughcasting chips mixed in with it
  • At the end of every job we complete a full property inspection, our owner likes to personally make sure you are 100% satisfied with the quality of our work and we always encourage your customer feedback to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Central Scotland Roughcasting Service Area

We are ready and able to install or repair roughcasting in Argyll & Bute, Ayrshire, East DunbartonshireEast Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, GlasgowNorth Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Paisley & Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, The Scottish Borders, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian and all surrounding areas of the Scottish Central Belt.

Facts About Scotland

  1. In 2018, Scotland’s population was recorded at approximately 5.45million residents living in our country, this was a just under a 0.4% increase from the previous year, the official figures for 2019 are still to be released.
  2. Central Scotland more commonly known as The Central Belt houses the biggest percentage of Scotland’s population with approximately 3.5 million people living in the most built-up region of our country.
  3. Glasgow is the city with Scotland’s biggest population with just under 600,000 people living here, followed by Edinburgh which has around 460,000 and Aberdeen which is home to around 197,000. Paisley has the largest population of any Scottish town with around 76,000 people living here with East Kilbride hot on its heels with approximately 75,00.
  4. Scotland’s oldest ‘continually’ inhabited house is said to be Traquair House which is a grand mansion based in the Scottish Borders. The house is over 900 years old with over 50 rooms and given this fact and its location near England it’s no surprise that it switched ownership between the English and Scots several times over the years.
  5. The Scottish Saltire or The St Andrews Cross is one of the oldest national flags still in use in the world today, the flag as it appears today is over 500 years old and the white cross (Saltire) is said to date back to the 13th century!

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