Sir, A quick stroll through this week s Offsite 2005 event at BRE revealed a depressing sight: through-coloured render applications without protective or decorative beading.
Could companies be cutting corners to the detriment of the finished project? I looked at some of the properties and spotted damaged edges, bellcasts and uneven finishes around windows; the expansion joints on show were, with few exceptions, poorly finished or just plain unsightly. Surely, a show property should be as near perfect as possible.
It s a few years since the practice in external rendering was to work to a batten or hand-held edge. Plastering beads increased speed and brought strength to the edges.
In recent years, PVCu beading has done the same for through coloured renders.
Is offsite production going to mean low price and lower quality or more advanced production methods providing quality at better prices? I do hope it s the latter.
Alan Cole ProBead UK, Exeter