Updating a brick house

Metal is an expensive option but is low-maintenance and weather-resistant.

It can come painted, powder-coated, pre-aged or coated to preserve its finish.

Changing your home’s exterior – even on a low budget – can improve its looks, saleability and value, but it needs to be done carefully and sympathetically.

As well as making your home look better, cladding and render protect it from the elements and even insulate it.

You can expect this to cost you around a few hundred pounds.

Start by looking at samples of your cladding choices in situ at different times of the day.

Some will boost insulation, but it’s vital that airflow is maintained.

Brick slips look like solid bricks but are actually 2-2.5cm deep ‘tiles’ made from clay – either kiln-fired as preformed slips, or sawn from the face of standard clay bricks.

Cladding panels with a brick finish and interlocking prefabricated boards are also available.

If your home has 1970s or 1980s stone cladding, pebbledash, mismatching bricks or a mixture of different external materials you can remove or cover it and re-finish the walls using a different material to create a complete new look.

The cheapest option is to use masonry paint in a neutral shade, such as off white, to help unify the different materials.

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Highly weather-resistant, it can be easily cleaned, moulded and fitted.

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