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Plastering and Rendering Millom
Millom is a town located on the North shore of the Duddon estuary. The first mention of the town in the history books is recorded in the year 1086. It does have a castle but it is not your traditional-looking castle and can be seen on the approaching road to the town. It has the appearance of a house with a twin-pointed roof and is hidden behind the castle farm and holy trinity church. But the town has plenty of landmarks like Black Combe a very large hill at 1,970 feet above sea level. The steeple of St Georges’s church can also be seen from all around the area. The records also show that when the town was just a hamlet it was called Holborn Hill which is just a street in the town now.
Millomites are a close-knit community and have a tradition of supporting each other’s endeavours. Like using local businesses or buying produce that is produced in the area. It does have a very strong Christian community and they are very active in looking after those who are most vulnerable or need extra care due to disabilities.
But don’t expect to buy a famous burger or a household-named chicken burger. Millom cafes and eating establishments source meat and vegetables from the local farming community and the only supermarket in town is Tesco. This can feel like you have stepped back in time as there is traditional stone worked buildings everywhere and none of the usual brand-name shops that you expect to see in a modern-day town with a population of a little under 8,000.
The road out of Millom will lead you pretty much in whatever direction you need to go in with nearby towns like Broughton, Ulverston, and Barrow half an hour to a forty-minute drive away. This has probably added to the reason Millom has resisted letting the big corporations come and supply their brand of foods and goods.
The town is steeped in history from Iron and Tin Mines to an old aerodrome which was later turned into a Prison. The modern development has been predominantly around the outskirts of town. While the centre has maintained many of the original buildings with the town square and the clock in the clock tower was restored in 2016 and chimed for the first time in 15 years on the 26th of December.
Millom like most of the towns in the area has seen its borders renamed and reshaped over the decades and is soon to return to being known as part of Cumberland. The town which is split into 4 wards has adapted very well to the isolation that is experienced living this far off the main route. During the recent pandemic, locals worked together to keep businesses and services operational during and now beyond the event that affected the entire country.
Plastering and Rendering Millom
A wet dash, also known as roughcast or a dry dash (Commonly known as pebble dashing), is used to render exterior walls and provides a long-lasting and durable finish. Cost-effective and just about maintenance free dry dash is decorative and tough. Lime is added to the rendering to give elasticity and reduce cracking once the finish has dried. A tanking rendering can be used where there is a high-water content, such as in the basement or for a property by a body of salt water that can cause cracks and corrosion, meaning waterproofing is required.
Plastering requires a certain skill level to get a smooth, even surface for interior walls. Therefore, it is highly recommended that a professional is employed to carry out this type of work. Sheldon’s has a range of tradespeople with a high level of skill and experience in and around the Millom area.
The Exterior will require scaffolding and the erection and removal, which Sheldon’s can arrange for you, saving you time and money. The right finish will depend on the type of building and your requirements, so be sure to consult with anyone working on the project to ensure everyone is aware of what is needed.
For instance, if it is a new build, work like wiring and plumbing should be carried out before plastering is scheduled to ensure this work is hidden by the plaster giving the job a smooth and professional finish.
The main ingredients for renders are cement, sand, lime and water. The best mix ratio is six parts sand, 1 part cement and 1 part lime. Any cement can be used, but the sand should be clean of impurities.
The plastering requires less cement than rendering and will typically need less coarse sand – to provide a smoother finish than the external render. Both plaster and render are classed as mortar coatings and are usually used on top of blockwork.
It is possible to plaster onto bare brickwork or blocks, known as (wet plastering) and is still the favoured process as it provides far superior soundproofing. A cement render (known as a scratch coat) is trowelled directly onto blockwork before this is finished with a skim coat.
Is plastering necessary? Drywall, for example, is often cheaper than plaster but does not provide insulation. Here are examples of alternatives to plaster, such as drywall, wood, and metal. While each of these materials has its benefits and drawbacks, the decision ultimately comes down to your needs. Sheldon’s will advise you on everything you need during the building process.
Services We Offer
We specialise in carrying out first rate quality works for all kinds of customers in both the private and public sectors. Our services include but are not limited to; bricklaying, joinery, plastering, extensions, roofing and everyday routine maintenance work. We also do commercial or public sector projects so please take a little time to look around the site at all of the services we have on offer.
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“Thank you for keeping me informed of proceedings at the property. I am very satisfied with what has been done, and the result is just as we discussed. Thank you again”.
A Domestic Client
“I have worked with this company on many projects in the Millom area since 1978. I have always found the standard of their workmanship to be very good and projects were completed within the required time scale. I have found the company to be easy to work with and could not describe them as ‘claims conscious’. I would not hesitate to recommend them as a good reliable firm of building contractors.”
Derek Evans - Local Architect
“I have dealt with Samuel Sheldon on several projects now, and they have consistently delivered high-quality, value-for-money work. I have found that they can easily complete projects within a given timescale. Their customer service is excellent, and the staff are helpful and attentive. I would definitely recommend Samuel Sheldon as an honest, reliable building company who will deliver exactly what is required of them.”
Neil Shepherd - Shepherd Myers LLP
“Top class job done converting my room into a shower room, a few problems were dealt with professionally and nothing was a problem for Karl or Ryan. I would recommend the firm, knowing what a fantastic job they have done for us.”