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Frost damaged, spalling brickwork

Discussion in 'Building' started by JackTJ, 16 Dec 2018.

  1. JackTJ

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    Hi All,

    We are in the process of buying a red brick Victorian mid-terrace house. The survey on the house we are looking to buy has identified frost damaged brickwork on the front of the property, most of the bricks are showing symptoms, +60%.

    How big a job is getting all those bricks replaced or can we just get render applied straight over the top?

    If bricks can be left it could be an opportunity to to fit some sort of external insulation, basically looking at how much we can use this as leverage against the seller.

    Thanks, JTJ
     
  2. Nige F

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    Covering it with anything and it'll look like Jack + Vera's on Coronation street.:unsure:
     
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    5.75 times as big as rendering.
    However rendering will require a building regs application and you will have to fit external insulation if suitable.

    Why hasn't the surveyor quantified this? Isn't that the whole point of a survey?
     
  4. Leofric

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    Is the house in a conservation area ? (or a listed building !)
     
  5. JackTJ

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    Just to confirm, will have to fit external insulation?

    He has highlighted the issue and advised possible solutions, costs and timescales can come from a builder I guess(trying to arrange now).

    No.
     
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    Just to confirm, he will have to consider it and take account of the practicalities and payback period.
     
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    How thick will the external insulation be - have you considered the face will stand forward of adjoining houses in the terrace - what will the details be at the returns to jambs ,heads and cills of window and door openings ? Good luck with that.
    Regards
     
  8. JackTJ

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    Exactly the sort of information i'm trying to find out, never done this before, thanks.
     
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