Mineral Render solution for low temperature and humid weather conditions

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Alumasc Façade Systems have manufactured the perfect solution for projects that will be worked on during low temperature weather conditions.

Alumasc Mineral Render is an excellent alternative to silicone render during the winter months, this product gives our customers the flexibility to conduct work(s) over longer periods of the year because mineral render contains cement contact allowing the product to set quicker than silicone render in during lower temperature periods. The product can be mixed with a variation of colours or, alternatively, be left with the original white finish without the need to paint.

Mineral Render from Alumasc Facade Systems

Mineral Render can be used across all Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems and is also lightweight with the appearance of silicone render, this makes it perfect for contemporary finishes.

Mineral Render is eco-friendly, manufactured using only natural materials (mineral aggregates, and white marble grain) and is available with a rolled texture in 2, 3 and 4mm grain sizes. Mineral Render is highly damage resistant and also boasts Class 0 surface spread of flame.

The product is manufactured under ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management systems and is fully BBA approved.

If you need further information regarding Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems or Render finishes please call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.


Alumasc spots large Giraffe in Glasgow!

Alumasc Façade Systems has helped transform a property in Glasgow, ensuring it stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Giraffe on External Wall Insulation, GlasgowA stunning new mural forms part of the repair and refurbishment of the gable end wall at 577 Shettleston Road which, for many years, had been was dominated by a former municipal lamp-lighting depot that had fallen into decay and had become a local eyesore.

Shettleston Housing Association purchased the building in 2013 and made the decision to demolish it as maintaining and refurbishing it wasn’t feasible.

With the lighting depot gone, the gable end was highly visible for people entering Shettleston from the west. With the arrival of the Commonwealth Games and the poor impression it created for visitors to the neighbourhood, the Housing Association wanted to give residents and visitors something to smile about.

As part of the refurbishment process, Alumasc Facades supplied their external wall insulation system, finished with a high performance plain render. This was expertly installed by Ailsa Building Contractors Ltd who were commissioned by Shettleston HA to carry out the refurbishment work prior to the Commonwealth Games.

As a result of a collaboration between the Association and third year pupils at Eastbank Academy, who worked with arts company Art Pistol, an unusual theme for the mural was developed. The original brief was to come up with an idea that would make the best use of the space available, with consideration given to its height – four storey Victorian tenement – and its prominence at the ‘entrance’ to Shettleston. The solution was obvious to the pupils who named the piece – ‘You’re having a giraffe!’

The striking mural was completed over the Glasgow Fair weekend in 2014, with the title being a nod to Glasgow humour!

Giraffe External Wall Insulation Project in Glasgow

If you would like any further information regarding Alumasc External Wall Insulation and Render Systems, call (0) 3335 771 700or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

iPad Winner from CIH Exhibition 2014

During the Chartered Institute of Housing Exhibition and Conference held at Manchester Central in July 2014, Alumasc Facade Systems gave visitors to our stand the opportunity to win an iPad mini.

We are pleased to announce that the lucky winner of this years’ prize draw was Gary Hall, Senior Technical Officer at Hyndburn Borough Council. Andy Gait, Alumasc’s North West Area Manager, congratulated Gary and presented the iPad to him.

CIH 2014 iPad Winner Alumasc Facade Systems


Alumasc Facade Systems will be exhibiting at two forthcoming CIH events as follows:

CIH South East Conference & Exhibition
Brighton Centre, Brighton
3-5 March 2015

CIH Annual Conference & Exhibition
Manchester Central, Manchester
23-25 June 2015

We will be showcasing our wide range of External Wall Insulation, Render and Brick Slip systems and look forward to seeing you there.

If you would like any further information regarding Alumasc Façade Systems call (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Northfield House benefits from External Wall Insulation

northfield-high-rise-refurbishment- external-wall-insulationResidents in a Bristol social housing high-rise tower block are benefitting from warmer and more attractive homes, thanks to a combination of two tried and tested External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems from Alumasc.

Owned by Bristol City Council, Northfield House is an 18-storey block of 99 flats, surrounded by a complex of three lower-rise blocks totalling 60 flats. As part of a programme of improvements for all of the tower blocks in the city, the council instigated the £3.5m refurbishment of the blocks to address problems such as poor thermal performance, condensation, mould growth, water ingress, structural movement and crumbling concrete.

These had been caused in part, by the original methods and materials used to construct the buildings which included reinforced concrete frames, concrete flat slab roofs and cavity brickwork.


As a specialist in the provision of External Wall Insulation solutions for high rise buildings, Alumasc was able to offer a combination of two External Wall Insulation systems to improve energy efficiency at Northfield House. This met the need to use a system with high impact resistance at ground floor level, which wasn’t a necessity on the higher floors. Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation system was ideal and was installed with a traditional, clay brick slip finish. On the remaining 17 floors, Swisslab External Wall Insulation system finished with acrylic brick slips was more suitable, being a lightweight solution which minimises the structural impact of the system.

Both systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.


Other than the obvious requirement to improve thermal performance, another important challenge of the scheme was to colour-match the brick slips with the existing brick finish.

Lee Carter, South-West area manager for Alumasc, explains:

“To meet the requirements of the planning permission, we had to ensure that the new materials were a perfect match to the original exterior of the building in terms of colour. This meant matching the clay brick slips to the original substrate, and then matching the acrylic brick slips to the clay ones. The completed facade meets the planning conditions fully, with all material colours successfully matched.”


Over 4,000m2 of Alumasc external wall insulation was applied to Northfield House over a 10-month period by Alumasc registered installer Rateavon Ltd. As a result, U-values were reduced to 0.29W/(m2k) from 1.75W/(m2k) signifying greatly improved energy efficiency.

Commenting on the finished project, Danielle Mills, assistant quantity surveyor at Rateavon Ltd, said:

“The improved thermal performance of these blocks has reduced carbon emissions and heat loss. Residents’ living conditions have improved and their heating bills are now significantly lower. The blocks have retained their original appearance and problems such as damp, condensation and water ingress have been eradicated, reducing future maintenance costs.”

For more information on Alumasc External Wall Insulation or technical advice, call Alumasc Facade Systems on 03335 771 700.

Alternatively email: facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk