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Roughcasting Scotland

Using roughcasting helps to minimise the effect of water, wind and snow on homes in Scotland.  Roughcasting has been around for many centuries and offers good protection against the elements.  Roughcast is also known as harling or pebble dash.  It is one of the most popular exterior wall finishes for homes in Scotland.

If the underlying layer of roughcast is still fine, you could give your home a brand new look by simply repainting it.  It’s best to have a specialist roughcaster come and have a look at your walls to ensure that there are no water bubbles behind the roughcast.

Water accumulation or bubbles collect behind the walls due to two possible issues.  The first one is cracked roughcasting.  In such a case, the water filters through the crack and accumulate as it has nowhere to go.  The second possibility comes from inside your house, if there is a burst pipe or water coming from inside the house.  This will infiltrate the walls with water accumulating in a bubble.

When the air temperature goes below zero, the water bubble freezes and expands.  This expansion can damage the wall.

Therefore, before applying new roughcast, the expert builder will ensure that there are no bubbles within the walls.  If there are, the roughcast layers above the bubbles need to be removed.  The builder will need to find the source of the water ingress and stop it before applying a new layer of roughcast.

Roughcast can now come pre-mixed from the factory or done on site.  The benefit of pre-mix is the fact that the colour can be already integrated with with mix.  This will reduce the maintenance required for the new roughcasted walls as they will not need repainted as often.

Technological advances allows the homeowners to chose the colour required for the exterior walls.  The type of gravel can also be modified should you want a different type of rough surface.

Contact us to see how we can help you with roughcasting your home.


Find out more

Contact an expert builder through Help to Buy roof roughcasting to find out more about how to start a new roof or exterior wall renovation project.

We’ll explain the pros and cons of all available options for your new home renovation.  Our qualified building surveyors will explain the different styles and possibilities within your own space.  As all our products are bespoke, we will build around any physical constraints.

We are here to help you decide the best roof or roughcasting to suit your individual and family needs and manage the project while keeping you informed every step of the way.

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Got a question? Maybe we have an answer for you here . . .

Are all costs included in the quote?

Where do I start?

Can I spread the cost of the roof?

HTB roof and roughcasting Pros and Cons

HTB roof and roughcasting are industry leaders in terms of partnering with the best exterior home renovators  and fitter in your area. We believe builders should focus on what they are good at- which is designing and fitting great roofs and roughcasting. We focus on marketing their work- which is what we are good at.

Our partnered roof and roughcaster in Scotland is Ultimate Home Solutions based in Glasgow. They have been in existence for over 10 years, offering personal service and with industry experience of over 50 years in the home renovation sector.

The partnered builder has been providing customised roofs and roughcasting which fit with the lifestyle of our clients. As leading exterior renovators, they are renowned for their professionalism and commitment to excellence which has seen delivery of countless quality roofs and roughcasting for Scottish homeowners.

We specialise in introducing expert builders to replace your roof and roughcasting whilst giving you excellent guarantees and installation.  Roof and roughcasting designs and renovations, with personalised service and custom designs a standard for each and every home in Scotland. Utilising the experienced in-house design team, as well as a Site Co-ordinator who will navigate you through each stage of the renovation process, the manufacture and installation process has been developed to be streamlined and rewarding. We are committed to providing you with a bespoke roof and roughcasting which complements your personal style.

Are all costs included in the quote?

You will receive a detailed quote for the work to be done.  The quote will include the material, the workmanship, the installation and anything else that is required.  Every quote is bespoke, therefore please clarify any grey areas before agreeing to the contract.  You do have a 14 day cooling off period.


Where do I start?

Ideally, you should have an idea of the type of tiles for roofs or the colour of roughcasting or wallcoating for your exterior walls, the budget and the timeline.  These could still be vague ideas, but they are a good starting point.  Looking online for inspirations or going to showrooms can help if you have time.  Else the surveyor will be able to guide you through the different options.


Can I Spread the Cost of the renovation?

By being FCA regulated, the roof and roughcasting builder is able to offer you a finance offer that will suit your needs.

What can I do to reduce the cost?

One of the methods to reduce the cost of a new roof or roughcasting is by doing some of the work yourself if you are handy.  This could include disposing of the old roof tiles or braking the old roughcast that may have water ingress.  Basically, anything that reduces the time for the tradespeople to spend in your property.  The drawback is that you will have no guarantees of workmanship and quality on these aspects of the job.

Make your new roughcast a reality



After you complete the contact us page, you will be contacted by our roughcast specialist. They will ask you questions about your project and set up an appointment with the roughcast surveyor. This will be in the comfort of your own home, or in one of the showrooms should you want.
You will receive new roof ideas that will fit into your own space and that fulfils your requirements as well as quote to do the work.
This is all FREE.
Your personal details are not passed to anyone else and everything remains confidential.