In recent months a big question on everyone’s lips is ‘how safe is render?’
Since the devasting Grenfell Tower fire, builders, plasterers, homeowners, local councils, pretty much everybody has begun to wonder about the render that we use on the outside of buildings, and in particular render safety.
Render safety aspects in your new build or extension.
We all think about the fire safety equipment we want to have in our home, but we need to think about what goes round the outside of our home too. It is imperative to think about the necessary safety aspects of your home if you are looking at home improvements, extensions, or are just worried about your family.
Including fire safety; and your concerns, at the planning stage is a great idea. Talk to your builders, your architects and the planning team about areas to make your building and your home safer.
Current building regulations will help make sure that your home is safe, however you must think about all the materials that you will be using, or have used on your home. Building regulations offer a minimum standard, as far as we know the Grenfell Tower met building control standards.
It is worth remembering that it is not possible to design a building that has no fire risk at all, especially with all the products that are used in new builds and extensions. However, it is with noting that some materials would be better than others to use.
How safe is render?
There are a lot of different types of render out there
- Lime render
- Sand and cement renders
- Clay renders
- Pebble dash
Each render has its own compliance with safety standards. But there is one solution that goes further.
CorkSol is a final coating render that has been designed to protect your house, as the cork protects the tree.
Consequently, where most of the common materials fail, cork will retain its properties. Corks thermal degradation only begins at temperatures above 200 degrees. It is fire retardant [Euroclass B & B-s2,d0 & Broof(t1)]
Spray cork is the ideal replacement for traditional exterior rendering. Unlike paint (cork prevents flaking caused by moisture) and cement render (cork prevents cracks), cork also offers thermal and sound insulation, it breathes and is water-repellent.
If you would like to know more about CorkSol and how it can help you if you are wondering about render safety, then give one of the team a call on 07706 752753 for our Leeds office, or 01274 981514 for our Bradford office. Alternatively leave your details here and one of the team will call you back.