Rendering garage door opening

19 Nov 2014
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I recently replaced my garage door with a roller, I'm now left with exposed brickwork where the wooden doorframe was. I considered using upvc to cover the brick but its uneven (some of the bricks stick out around 20mm) and so I reckon it would need boxed out with wood before covering with pvc. In addition I would have to trim back the existing roughcast on the outside wall as it currently overhangs the brickwork by approx 20mm (this previously overlapped the wooden doorframe).

So I was wondering if I should try roughcast instead, was thinking I could use wooden battens on either side of the opening to get the edges right, not sure if this is a good idea or if there is a better a solution available?

Also the bottom of one side of the doorframe is exposed brick with no roughcast so roughcasting there might not work....
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You are probably right in rough casting it, I would put a scratch coat on the revels and the one that has bare brick at the bottom I would put a little batton horizontal where the brickwork comes up to the bottom of the r/cast, Try to "round the scratch coat where it meets the old r/cast this will help the new r/cast make a roundish corner, you should be able to blend it in with the old r/cast..The r/cast mix should be a 4 pebbles or stone, 2 sand, 1 cement and 1 lime and mix it to a "slurry". the base coat (The one you throw your mix on) should be 1cement 1 lime 6 sand .These are the mixes I always used.. Should make a good job of it ;) Also put a piece of ex-metal over any wood left in...Have a look in my "Roughcasting a garage album,,You will see I kept the revels flat but I think in your case I would just round them in,,..If you paint it after you could paint the brickwork aswell and it wouldn't stand out as much. ;)
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