Painting pebbledashed house exterior- what colour?

(15 Posts)
JeffyJeffington Sun 24-Jul-16 15:23:14

Thinking of painting house exterior which is currently a grim grey mix pebbledash (pic attached). Most of the houses around here that have been painted are either creamy-yellowy magnolia or white. Trying to make it look a bit more appealing/modern as won't be here for longer than a year more and so need a bit more kerb appeal. Thought about a more uniform shade of grey but feels like it might look drab. What would people go for? Pure white?

MrsPear Sun 24-Jul-16 15:31:26

Smoothed over then white

4yoniD Sun 24-Jul-16 15:43:14

Must admit I'm not positive but I think that pebble dash is maintenance free. If you paint it you are committing to repainting as needed (every 5 years maybe?). This was always the benefit of pebble dash. Apologies if that's wrong, just repeating what I've heard smile

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sun 24-Jul-16 18:33:38

I don't actually think painted pebble dash is an improvement. It usually looks worse than the pebble dash did.

If you can't afford to have the house re-rendered (flat) and then painted, I'd just leave the pebble dash as it is.

DiggersRest Sun 24-Jul-16 18:38:43

We got our pebbledash done again in brilliant white stones. It looks great and never needs painting! Ours is only pebbledash on the first floor, is yours all over? If not, what colour are your bricks?

sqidsin Sun 24-Jul-16 19:18:32

Following as we have the same dilemma.
Have you spoken to a painter about doing the work? The one we asked said it would cost a lot in labour and paint as loads of coats are needed, but I wasn't sure if he was just trying to put us off!

cressetmama Sun 24-Jul-16 20:10:48

Our house is covered in the tiny white stones (locally spar dash). Because its a wet part of the country, the plaster has gone dark and the spar dash falls off. We have had one elevation re-rendered (on the main weather side) and are about to paint it. But it has been a costly exercise. Hopefully it has been a 25-year fix. The rest of the house isn't bad, although I would prefer smooth stucco/plaster.

JeffyJeffington Sun 24-Jul-16 20:15:18

Thanks for replies! We're definitely painting it- the houses around here that are painted look a lot better than the unpainted ones. Can't afford to render unfortunately. I'd consider if we were staying long term. I think I'm erring towards white now. sqidsin - no quotes yet but when we put the job on one of those findabuilder type sites we had lots of replies so remain optimistic! I should probably get my arse in gear and get some actual quotes now....

TheresaMaybutSheMayNot Mon 25-Jul-16 07:32:05

I've read a bit about this and apparently you shouldn't render over pebbledash anyway, makes it too heavy and it pulls away from the walls. If you want a smooth finish you should have the pebbledash removed first, then render.

I think I'd go for white, crisp and clean and easy to repaint.

Rupster Mon 25-Jul-16 10:38:07

We recently had our house painted in Dulux Weathershield Classic Cream and I was very pleased with the colour. Looks like an average cream colour.

whois Mon 25-Jul-16 12:25:17

I think a light grey with white window sills / door lintel (or whatever its called)/woodwork/windows/shutters looks very smart.

I looked at buying a house on a road where they were nearly all pebble dashed and painted, and the light grey with white window sills etc looked the best.

trickyex Mon 25-Jul-16 12:34:17

I think maybe white with dark grey trim/windows etc.
Can you grow some climbers on the front to soften it a bit? Perhaps worth buying larger sized plants to give them a head start....

trickyex Mon 25-Jul-16 12:35:31

Have a look here for ideas
uk.pinterest.com/ste223/pebbledash/

PigletJohn Mon 25-Jul-16 12:37:22

The cost of the paint itself will be very much higher if you have a special mix. There are usually about half a dozen colours off the shelf (the selection changes from year to year) at lower prices, and white or magnolia are cheaper still.

Painting a house uses a LOT of paint.

Sunnyshores Mon 25-Jul-16 13:05:00

depends on the age/style of the house. If a generic non period type then a crisp white looks best imo (but maybe a bit bland if youve got white dg too)

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