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During the early 20th Century after the war, pebbledash rendering gained huge popularity. It was loved by some for its robustness and the fact that it was one of the cheapest rendering processes after the war. Pebbledash rendering is a decorative exterior masonry coating applied to the original brick or stonework. Its primary use on buildings was to retain wall insulation, cover up sub-standard brickwork and to give a decorative finish as part or full cover to a building. Smooth pebbles are “dashed” onto the coat of render, stucco or cement, sticking to the wet rendered surface to provide a stippled effect.

Trends have changed and moved on, and now pebbledash is looked at as a negative to a property’s aesthetics and value, asmost new owners will want it removed immediately. Pebble dashing is not as popular as it used to be, however pebbledash removal is now a growing trade.

As an owner of a pebble dashed property there is often an apprehension of how to remove the dated and now patchy pebbledash and what will be revealed after removal. There are concerns as to the state of the brickwork exposed and the cost associated with it. The pebbledash removal process should be undertaken by experienced professionals that are knowledgeable in this field as to not cause further damage to the underlying brickwork.

Our Pebbledash Removal Method

TW Brick Cleaning London has removed, pebbledash on many homes in and around London for numerous years. Our initial step is to carefully remove the pebbledash from the brick with manual tools. This process must be done slowly and cautiously to avoid damage to the brickwork.

Once the pebbledash has been removed, the brick restoration process will begin. TW Brick Cleaning London will always allow for a number of bricks to be repaired or replaced with every pebbledash removal quotation. We will replace bricks with the same or similar style to the original to keep the same look throughout.

Repointing will then be required to replace the crumbling or damaged mortar around the bricks. Brick Cleaning London will always colour match mortar to keep the buildings authenticity. In some cases brick cleaning may be necessary but not essential. A specialist sealant will then be applied to protect and preserve the newly unravelled brickwork.

Removing Pebble Dash

After both World Wars, Pebble Dash was frequently utilized as a rapid and affordable method of weatherproofing dwellings. Although it has not held up well over time, it also became popular as a low-maintenance overlay on brick houses in the 1970s.

Pebble dash removal provides considerable and significant obstacles when done precisely, but we know how to do it without endangering the quality of the underlying brickwork, so we may leave historic properties looking exactly as they did when the finish was placed.

Replacing and Repairing the damaged bricks Underneath

Sadly, it’s not completely improbable that the pebble dash was initially used to hide broken brickwork. We can find concerns like corroded or cracked brickwork, damp difficulties, or crumbling pointing when we remove the pebble dash. The good news is that we can replace or repair the damaged bricks if we do notice such damage

The original bricks may have been repointed with cement-based mortar decades ago by a craftsman. For historic homes, this is a big no-no since it can reduce the brickwork’s flexibility and cause cracks, which then cause dampness to form. If necessary, we can simply replace damaged or broken bricks with ones that look the same as or similar to those found elsewhere on the outside of the building.

Repointing the Original Brickwork Using the Original Lime Mortar

There should be lime mortar pointing between the bricks that have eroded over time. By removing it and replacing it with new lime mortar, we can restore a consistently solid surface after removing the pebble dash and exposing the bricks. Even if we install new bricks, we still repoint them in this manner.

Lime mortar should be used for this purpose rather than cement-based mortar, which should only be used on very new buildings. All of this is done as part of our effort to guarantee that the property’s true heritage is respected in our handling of it. Your house was constructed in a specific way to achieve a particular look and feel. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how our work may do wonders for your home. At our firm, we are completely committed to restoring your property to its utmost, original best.

Watch our videos below to see our pebbledash removal processes and end results.

Call TW Brick Cleaning London for any pebbledash removal or pebbledash rendering concerns, we will be happy to advise or provide a free no obligation quotation.

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My Victorian terrace had fantastic re-pointing and brick cleaning from TW Brick Cleaning London. They supplied an exact time estimate for the task, showed up on time every day, and did a fantastic job cleaning up and getting all of the trash taken away. They were a pleasure to work with, and I would suggest them to anyone who requires comparable services.


Several potential contractors expressed doubts about their ability to successfully remove the paint from the front of our property. TW Brick Cleaning London was confident in their ability to achieve a high-quality solution, so they invited us to inspect a house they were currently working on. Overall, they did an excellent job, and I would gladly recommend them.


TW Brick Cleaning did a great job on my house frontage. They arrived on time, protected windows and door and got on with the job. The end result was amazing. One of the workers did arrive late on a couple of occasions, but he made up the time by working later into the evening. All in all a great job and I would highly recommend this company. Five Stars Obviously


On the flank wall of my end-of-terrace property, TW Brick Cleaning London completed a repointing and restoration service. The job was completed on schedule and under budget, and the workers treated me and my neighbours with respect. Overall, amazing work.


“Tony and team did a fantastic job cleaning the bricks of our Victorian house and repointing. We are extremely happy with the results. In addition, Tony was quick to respond and turned the work around on a very tight timetable for us. He and the team were very professional throughout. Highly recommend.”

Nicola Robert

What a fantastic, professional buisness with highly professional trained staff. Punctual and polite and any queries I had I could always telephone and get a response. Will definitely be using and referring this company again

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