Unroll the cladding


Safety warning perhaps?

First find the face mask.  I’m using very thin fibreglass cladding for the brickwork on the lower half of the walls and each time I’ve handled it I’ve forgotten to find the mask first.  It does make some dust when you’re cutting it (not much) and what I find worst of all are the bits that get into the skin of your hands.  I tried wearing small, thin, medical gloves but found that I couldn’t get the fine finger management for adjusting anything.

I’m not advertising this cladding very well am I, but I do like the look of it.

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I used it on the coal bunker yesterday. As you can see it’s very thin and, if you look at the insert image you can see not only an example of the back of a piece but also at top left, just how easily it will break and flake. It also seems to have the odd pinhole in the sheet now and again. Its grouting has a sandy finish to it.

The sheets of cladding come with an edge that needs trimming on at least three sides.  When you first look at it you can see that the imprint of the brick pattern isn’t square to some of the edges.  Trimming off the waste is tricky, keeping square with the run of the bricks.

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On the bottom right you can just see how fragile the cladding is at the edges. It’s been handled a lot over the last year and I’m hoping I can fiddle something in to compensate for the mess or that will have to become an area for a tall plant or two.

Today’s debacle

It’s also possible that the building isn’t all that wonky but that I’m not capable of handling large sheets of material without avoiding distortion.

Other handling notes to self

  • I’ve cut the door space leaving enough to turn in for the reveals which are now glued back.  The material doesn’t like that at all and it takes some time to encourage the folding back pieces to remain where you’d like them and not crack or break up.
  • I’d also forgotten how hard I found joining sheets of the cladding when doing the facade.  I couldn’t get the bricks to align.  They do when you have them side by side on a flat table but once they got anywhere near my ‘not quite square’ building activities, it just didn’t work.
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Not only is my work not square, there’s a bay window. I seem to recall that the damp brickwork towards the top, just where the bay meets the flat bit by the porch may be concealing a bad match up going on.
(Notice the bottom right edge is not quite as ‘ruined’ as in the previous pic.)

Well, the small piece from the bay and over the porch isn’t that big so there goes the distortion theory, perhaps.


I’ve cut out every alternate brick (see the edge of the sheet in the first photo) and, in this case, overlaid the new sheet on the old.  You can see in the second of these two photos here just how much the new piece overlaps the first one.

If I’d remembered sooner I could have tried giving both edges a crenellated finish and interweaving them, though it is fragile material.  However, in this case, the long sheet was already stuck down when the misalignment struck.

Despite the list of ‘complaints’, I do like this brickwork when it is in place.  Not sure whether this ‘few courses at a time’ routine is going to work with the next bit and we could be finding unnecessary plumbing or climbing plants in unexpected places to disguise the resulting mess.  I’ll let you know 😉  I could be regretting not staying with the egg box bricks!

4 responses »

  1. It looks amazing! I love the contrast of brick and render, it gives a perfect example of houses of the era.
    Quite clearly, the house is a notch up on the one my parents bought in Thorn Lane, which had 90 degree angles to the windows, rather than the curves and didn’t have the rather attractive brickwork under the small front bedroom window..
    I love the tempting to stare in glimpse of the lit up bedrooms.
    The more I see of your work, the less confident I feel about my own plans……..May have to keep nagging you for advice…….

    • Good morning from the frosty north – my cheat sheet for the windows is an actual house in London found on the internet so I just went along with that and rather liked the window fancies as they add interest to the white render. Just for it Jenni! What’s to lose? I don’t own up to all the things I throw out (or put aside for later cannibalisation) but most things I have a go at I fail at bit I just keep my head down and keep going. Not so much results by design as some sort of outcome based on mule stubborness. Most of it doesn’t stand up to close inspection I can tell you!

  2. WOW! What a difference the brickwork makes to the facade of the house! Love the look! I realize that working with anything with repeating lines such as brickwork is made more difficult if the walls are not perfectly square however, i applaud you for what you have done and for your results.

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