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Stone portico restored to pristine condition

The entrance portico to an exclusive country residence, built by Pentland Homes, has been restored to a pristine condition after water seepage through leadwork on the roof had caused unsightly staining of the reconstituted stone.

The property, one of two built by Pentland Homes on a pair of very large plots in Hollingbourne, Kent, features mainly rendered elevations with areas of brickwork and stonework.

One of the directors of Pentland Homes, Tim Barton, takes up the account: “The Limes features just two country house style properties, built to suit the location in Hollingbourne, where we were able to obtain a couple of very large plots. We had erected a quite large stone portico to form the main entrance to one, but unfortunately a problem with the detailing of the leadwork on the roof had allowed rain to drive in and leach through onto the stonework. This had caused an unsightly build up of salts.”

Although Plastic Surgeon offers its own tinting system for all types of masonry, and its finishers are trained in colour matching repairs in any type of substrate, in this instance it was decided to employ a proprietary treatment supplied by the manufacturer of the portico.

Tim Barton continues: “We have employed Plastic Surgeon on a number of contracts in the past because the company’s finishers offer skills that our tradesmen simply do not possess; and this makes the repair service very cost effective.

“Having put a new lead roof on the portico to ensure we stopped the leaks, the salt deposits had to be cleaned off with acid, and the stone re-coloured.  For this we had obtained a special stain from Germany, through the original supplier of the portico, which we gave to Plastic Surgeon.

Tim comments: “It has proved to be very effective and the whole job looked very good when it was done. The owner is delighted, and we will certainly continue to use Plastic Surgeon’s services.”

Mrs Roper, owner of the property, wrote to Plastic Surgeon to express her thanks: “I want to drop you a line to let you know how pleased we are with the stone work done by Sam who came to our property last week. The finish is now so good we would consider giving the property an overhaul every few years just to lift the appearance. We hadn’t realised what a difference it would make and are thrilled with the result.”

Constructing around 100 homes each year across Kent, Pentland is due to begin work on a new development in the Ashford area, offering homebuyers the opportunity to purchase traditionally built properties, conforming to the most modern standards; with high levels of energy efficiency and incorporating renewable technologies such as solar panels and air source heat pumps.

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