I am reasonably good at DIY but I know what I don't know, and I'm at a bit
of a loss regarding the exterior paintwork and general condition of my
house. Some is in poor condition. Rather than try and describe it I have
taken pics and put them up here:
The house is late Victorian although of course the double glazing is much
Basically I need to know if I can just sand back the exterior paint, which
appears to be extremely elderly, and re-apply. There are some holes and
cracks. There is a reasonably large crack next to the fitted double glazing
(last picture). Will this compromise the security of the glazing? many
Looks like some fairly poor brickwork has been rendered over, woodwork
replaced with mortar and the whole thing generally bodged.
Its very hard to tell whether the cracking is superficial, or structural.
I'd get a decent builder to look at it - if not several. And possibly a
structural engineer just in case...
You could probably bodge most of it with render, exanding foam and a
coat of paint, but someone someday will need to 'cut back to good, make
good and decorate'
I won't try to answer your queries specifically as I think others will
have better ideas than me on this subject.
The question I would raise however is whether this time of year would
be right for taking on this sort of job? I would have thought you
needed warmer and drier weather for external painting - however I may
To be honest these pictures are not helpful, in that we have no idea
where these cracks run or what we're looking at in the pictures. An
overview would have been sensible.
Your pic files are data-ly enormous, I wont be going back to them. It
doesnt seem like youve made any effort to consider others.
But I did spot one uhoh. It looks like your uPVC is fitted in rotten
wood frames: this is a famous bodge that causes the wood to rot and
thus the windows to become none too well attached.
Did you have the windows put in?
I've been away which is why I haven't replied!
I would have appreciated more constructive help - N Thornton seems to have
got out of bed the wrong side, in particular - but at least I had one thing
confirmed - it does look like a bodge job and no, I didn't put the windows
I think I'll take the combined advice to get a builder to look at it in the
thanks to those who helped
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