Beat the winter building blues with ST Mineral K Render from Alumasc Facades

We can rely on the constant unpredictability of the British weather, yet every winter seems to descend on the construction industry with an element of surprise. Year after year, as untimely conditions put pressure on build projects, we continue to endure missed deadlines and increased costs. But this has been addressed by Alumasc Facades, who have manufactured the perfect solution, allowing work to continue during low temperature conditions.




Alumasc’s ST Mineral K Render offers far quicker setting times than silicone render during winter months, giving installers greater flexibility to apply the product in extended periods of bad weather.

It is touch dry in just a few hours.

Suitable for use across all Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems and also for direct application onto solid walls, ST Mineral K Render is lightweight, yet highly impact and weather resistant, whilst also remaining vapour permeable.

The product can be left with its original white finish without the need to paint, or alternatively can be overpainted with Alumasc’s Silicone Facades Paint which opens up a contemporary, wide-ranging colour palette.



screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-14-00-22Ideal for both newbuild and remodelling applications, it provides a breathable, flexible, weather-tight decorative finish to any building.

Alumasc’s ST Mineral K 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, boasting 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.

For further information, please call Alumasc on 03335 771 700

New premises for Alumasc Facades in Scotland

As Alumasc Facades continues to develop its product and services offer nationwide, EWI contractors and installers in Scotland are benefitting from new Alumasc premises in Glasgow. Based just minutes from Glasgow City Centre, the Scottish Head Office in Kinning Park, presents a far more convenient location for visitors, with close links to the M8 and M74.

Over the last 3 years, Alumasc Facades in Scotland have seen a steady increase in sales in both the refurbishment and new build sectors. This increased activity has brought about a requirement not only to accommodate growing staff numbers but also to provide a more convenient location for Alumasc’s expanding customer base, who previously had to travel more than 10 miles out of Glasgow when visiting.Milnpark Alumasc Facades

The new Head Office is based on the Milnpark Trading Estate and is home to the Sales and Technical teams as well as Alumasc’s state of the art Warehouse and Distribution facility. Barrie Robertson, Alumasc’s General Manager for Scotland, explains:

“As we experience further growth in the housebuilding, healthcare and education sectors, it became apparent that our location needed to be more central. As a forward thinking company, Alumasc decided to make the move, enabling us to effectively deliver on our commitment to the needs of local construction colleagues.

“This move is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc in the facades sector and reinforces our provision of the highest quality products and customer service in Scotland.”

Alumasc’s Managing Director in Scotland, Lorraine Dunsire, concludes:

“Alumasc are keen to ensure that we can not only support our existing clients to full effect, but that we can also accommodate all of the new opportunities currently happening across Scotland, maintaining our reputation for the very best Technical expertise. The new premises has given us room to grow and to welcome future opportunities with confidence that we are well-equipped to deal with them successfully.”

For more information, call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.

New Training Centre for Engineered Ventilated Façade System

As well as having a trusted portfolio of high performance render and thermal insulation systems, Alumasc are also renowned for the high quality of our installations. For this reason we have held intensive training courses at our UK render manufacturing site for a number of years.

These 2-day courses, carried out by our own technical experts, involve practical involvement as a key element and have covered all aspects of application of Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems.

Alumasc Ventilated System


Following the construction of a house using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) within our Installer Training Centre, Alumasc are pleased to announce that a new training course for the installation of the Alumasc Ventilated System is now available.

The Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) is an engineered ventilated façade system. It is suitable for use on any timber framed building up to 18m in height and can be utilised in-situ on traditional timber frames or SIPS, in off-site manufacture or for modular fabrication. The system can be installed with either a textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finish to provide a decorative rain screen solution for timber framed construction following TRADA guidelines. The system also comes with a full package of detail drawings.

AVS has a life expectancy of up to 60 years and comes with a 10 year warranty for projects installed by Alumasc Approved Installers and utilising a full AVS specification. The system has been put through rigorous testing and met all requirements set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Opportunities to gain skills in boarding, fixing, beading, application of base renders and top coats, scrim application and the installation of Alumasc’s traditional and Acrylic Brickslip Systems are also available.

Download our Alumasc Ventilated System Brochure by Clicking Here.

To find out more about Alumasc’s Venitlated Facade System click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Industry Bowled Over by Success at INCA 2014 Awards

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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) 2014 Awards were presented by former England cricketer Darren Gough at a black-tie gala dinner on 16 October in front of 300 industry guests.

The awards showcased how External Wall Insulation has been used successfully over the past year to ensure buildings are not only energy efficient but have a positive impact on the people who live or work in them and the wider community.

Alumasc Façade Systems were shortlisted for 5 projects and were delighted that three of these were highly commended by INCA:

Domestic Refurbishment – Low Rise:
– Elm Grove Flats, Newcastle Upon Tyne
– The Green, Essex

Domestic Refurbishment – High Rise:
– Sunningdale, Merseyside

Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural event and with support from a range of stakeholders including CITB, E.ON and QANW, the event at the prestigious Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London was the perfect platform to showcase how EWI is ‘Transforming Buildings, Changing Lives’ to the benefit of individuals, families and local communities.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry, undertaking his first official engagement since being elected in July, said:

“It has been a difficult year for the EWI industry and changes to ECO and GDHIF have left many with a feeling of uncertainty. That is why I am particularly proud to see our members rising to the challenge in the Awards and it was very rewarding to see the wide range of projects that not only demonstrate skill and innovation, but have helped so many people in fuel poverty.”

Alumasc would like to congratulate all involved with Kilburn Gate in London, a 1950s residential development which claimed the Project of the Year Award.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

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.


New External Wall Insulation BBA Certificate for Alumasc

BBA Certificate, Alumasc External Wall InsulationAlumasc is pleased to announce the issue of our new BBA Certificate for the Swistherm External Wall Insulation System with Grey EPS insulation (Cert No. Swistherm (00/3766 PS3).
Tailored to meet latest industry requirements, the External Wall Insulation System is easy to install and is suitable for use on both refurbishment and new build projects.  Swistherm EWI offers a choice of lightweight Silkolitt Silicone Render or Alumasc Acrylic Brick Slip finishes, available in a wide choice of colour options.  They can be used singularly or in combination, providing specifiers with a choice of specification options.

As part of rigorous testing carried out by the British Board of Agrement, the Swistherm Grey EPS system meets the highest levels for impact and fire performance.

Swistherm Grey EPS External Wall Insulation Benefits:

• s1, d0 fire rating, the best for any EPS system
• Choice of Silkolitt Silicone Render and Acrylic Brick Slip finishes
• Category I impact resistance with Acrylic Brick Slips and category II with Silkolitt
• Can be installed within 1m boundaries on houses in Scotland, England and Wales.
• Can be installed utilising dry or wet fixed method
• NHBC approved

For further information call Alumasc Facades on +44 (0) 3335 771 700.
Alternatively email

Alumasc External Wall Insulation and Renders Systems – UK Manufacturer

Alumasc is a UK manufacturer of External Wall Insulation and Render Systems.  Based in St Helens, Merseyside the Company employs a workforce of over 50 people consisting of both production and back-office support staff.  Providing local employment to both experienced employees and apprentices, the Company is committed to the provision of the highest quality products and systems, with stringent quality control and environmental procedures firmly in place, to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 respectively.


Alumasc’s render manufacturing facility achieves less than 1% manufactured wastage and is examined annually by an independent auditor to ensure full compliance with all legal requirements regarding health and safety, noise and air pollution, thus providing a safe working environment for our employees and zero impact on the lives of local residents.

Controlled production of consistent, quality materials supplied to every Alumasc site across the UK ensures first-rate application of the Company’s products. A national network of registered, Alumasc-trained specialist contractors deliver superior, efficient installation of Alumasc’s BBA approved External Wall Insulation systems time after time.

For added peace of mind Alumasc has a Quality Control laboratory at St Helens, allowing standard testing of all products produced prior to release for despatch to the customer therefore guaranteeing suitability for purpose. 1kg samples of render material produced are retained on site of every 5th tonne manufactured during the working day and held in quarantine for up to 2 years.  This ensures that if, in the unlikely event of a system failure, Alumasc can analyse the retained sample of that product and swiftly provide advice, and ultimately a positive resolution for our customers.

Alumasc’s wide range of External Wall Insulation systems is available with some of the longest accredited BBA certificates in the industry.  The Company is proud to be one of the very few UK based manufacturers of External Wall Insulation and Render Systems.  If you are interested in any of our products, please Contact Alumasc on +44 (0)1744 648400 or email