When it comes to external rendering there are various types that are common within the UK. The most popular choices are pebble dashing (sometimes just called ‘dashing’), smooth casting or rough casting. All these techniques deliver benefits to your property by giving it a low maintenance finish that’s hard wearing, impact resistant and provides your brickwork with some weather protection.
Pebble dashing results in a rough-textured finish and is created by applying different sized pebbles to a new coat of mortar. It’s a familiar site across the UK but is a little bit of a Marmite finish – you either love it or hate it! Pebble dashing was really popular after the second World War and became extremely fashionable at one point. You could argue that, at a time when the construction industry was facing a skills shortage, it was a good way to hide shoddy workmanship! However, since then it has been used due to it’s decorative finish.
Modern pebble dashing consists of a mixture of cement, sand and either aggregate (crushed stones) or pebbles. It’s very hard wearing and is usually applied to a building to protect it from the elements as well as obviously providing a nice looking finish.