Pebble Dash Rendering FAQs

Pebble dash rendering first started to appear extensively in the 1930s, when it was recognised as a cost-effective way to cover poor brickwork. Prior to that it was popular as a weather coating on coastal buildings, reaching right back to the medieval period, and it was also used as a stylish finish for stately homes.

Fast forward to the 21st century and pebble dash rendering gets much the same response as Marmite; you either love it or you hate it. The pebble dash finish is created by throwing pebbles at external plaster. These are pressed into the render and provide a naturally coloured, rough textured surface.

What are the Advantages of Pebble Dash Rendering?

When a rendering technique survives for more than 5 centuries, you can be sure that there are good reasons for its continued use:

  • Low Maintenance. Pebble dash requires little or no upkeep.
  • Water Shedding. The rough texture repels rain away from the render, which improves weather proofing for your property.
  • Durable. Pebble dashing is made to last a lifetime. It’s an extremely durable form of render.
  • Lifts the Appearance of a Building. Pebble dash renders invisible tired or worn brickwork.

Can Pebble Dash Rendering Be Removed?

This is a question we get asked regularly at Logic Plastering. To be honest, it’s not easy to remove it. You’ll need a professional if you’re determined to get rid of your pebble dash, and it’s a long, hard slog. Often pebble dash hides poor brickwork underneath and this can end up being further damaged in the process.

Alternatively, and we consider this the better option, you can install insulation boards over the pebble dash, and then apply the new render over these. You’ll get the look you want for your home, and you’ll find that your energy bills decrease dramatically.

Can Pebble Dash Rendering Be Cleaned?

Despite its durability, cleaning pebble dashing needs to be approached cautiously. The danger is that pebbles become dislodged in the process leaving areas looking bare and unsightly. The Logic Plastering team recommends using water and a household detergent applied in a gentle spray. Avoid high pressure washing as this could erode the surface.

Is It Possible to Paint a Pebble Dash Finish?

It is perfectly possible to paint over pebble dash, so long as you have the right materials:

  • Masonry Paint. You’ll need to choose a waterproof and breathable masonry paint. This will repel water from the surface, whilst allowing moisture to escape from beneath the paint.
  • Long-Pile Roller. This is the right tool to deal with the textured surface of pebble dash as it will provide good cover for the gaps between the pebbles.
  • Masonry Brush. The longer bristles of the masonry brush ensures that you’ll be able to get into the areas around the pebbles and ensure an even coverage.

Working With Logic Plastering Services

Logic Plastering Services is a Bedfordshire-based, fully qualified, and certified professional plastering company. Our team of talented and experienced tradesmen always deliver work of exceptional quality, whether we’re installing dry lining, external rendering, internal plaster work or coving. We offer a free, no obligation quote on all our work.

Would you like to talk to a rendering specialist about pebble dash rendering removal or repair? Call Logic Plastering today on 07809 228328