Sherwood Park & Edmonton Parging Experts
You've probably heard the term 'parging' a lot if you've been watching home improvement shows. What does that even mean, and why does it matter so much in terms of keeping your home in good condition?
In many ways, parging is essential. Regardless, you may be wondering what it is and why it is important to keep. Let us help you understand what parging is and how it can benefit your home.
What is Parging?
Masons use parging to cover the exposed surface of a masonry wall. It's similar to stucco in that it uses a specialized mortar to cover the outside and inside of masonry blocks and stone walls. A fresh coat of parging protects and shields your home's foundation from the elements. You could leave your walls bare, but this will not look as nice and will not protect your home from rain and snow, which can cause damage and deterioration. Parging can be applied to any surface, but it is most commonly found on the inside of basement walls and the exterior above-ground basement walls.
How is it made?
Parging is composed of lime, water, and cement. Adding the proper types and amounts for blending can be difficult because it is a difficult mixture to master. Bad blends, if not done correctly, can result in cracked parging and problems with the parging sticking to the wall, which can lead to all sorts of structural issues when bad weather strikes. That is why, rather than attempting to mix the solution yourself, we recommend working with an experienced professional.
What is the proper procedure?
When the proper mixture is ready, a masonry trowel is used to apply the parging mortar to a wet wall. The mortar can be applied to create a smooth wall or a more textured wall, depending on how you want the surface to look. There are numerous designs and styles to choose from, making it an excellent way to spruce up your basement, rec room, living room, or other areas! Once applied, you can easily paint it to match your home's décor.
Why is it so critical to maintain?
Without parging, you will not be protected from water entering your home. Parging creates a water-resistant barrier that keeps your home dry and damage-free. If the parging is not maintained, water can become trapped between the wall and the coating, causing even more damage such as spalling, where the concrete becomes flaked, pitted, or broken up. Repairing this can be costly, stressful, and time-consuming, if at all. If you live in a flood-prone area, make sure to have your parging installed and maintained by a professional. Don't play with Mother Nature!
Parging also helps to improve your home's energy efficiency by sealing holes and leaks in your concrete walls. You won't have to worry about any unnecessary, costly repairs to your home if you maintain and care for your parging.
If you'd rather spend your Sunday relaxing than working on home repairs, Armour Foundation Repair is here to help. We handle a wide range of exterior and interior renovations, as well as handyman services such as door and window repairs. In short, we cover all bases, so don't hesitate to contact us!
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