A SHELTERED housing scheme has been given a new lease of life thanks to a combination of specialist wood and metal protection from Crown Paints.
City Mills, in York - a three-storey building which houses 36 self-contained flats - was given an exterior makeover using products from Crown Paints exterior brands, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade.
Contractors Anderson Marriott & Co carried out the project on behalf of City of York Council.
John Kehoe, Managing Director of Anderson Marriott & Co, said: "City Mills is a sheltered housing scheme within the city walls at the side of the River Ouse.
"Access was a challenge as the building has the river on one side, and car parks and a road on the other sides.
"The project required external repairs including the treatment of balconies, decking, windows, doors and benches.
"We have a reputation for quality workmanship as well as more than 50 years of experience and our operatives tackled the project professionally and effectively, using a range of Sandtex Trade and Sadolin products."
The project included two viewing balconies over the river which required tarpaulins beneath to ensure no debris could enter the watercourse.
A video of the scheme can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Q5c6aBDwI&feature=youtu.be
Usman Akhtar, Specification Sector Support Manager for Crown Paints, said: "The City Mills complex is right on the River Ouse and while that makes it a beautiful place to live, it also exposes the exterior of the building to the full force of the weather.
"To combat the effects of weathering on the wood and metal exterior surfaces, we recommended a combination of Sadolin products and trim coatings from the Sandtex Trade range."
The contractors tackled a range of preparatory tasks ahead of the painting work, scrutinising the trims and joinery for any defects which were remedied using Sadolin Stainable Woodfiller and Sadolin Wood Preserver before the application of products including Sadolin Ultra®, Sadolin Extra, Sadolin Classic and the opaque wood protection system, Sadolin Superdec.
To fully cater for all the building's trims, exterior joinery and features such as the viewing balconies, Crown Paints' specification team also recommended the use of products from the Sandtex Trade range.
Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra was used over Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat for some of the wood features, as this will deliver a proven performance of up to 10 years and has been awarded a British Board of Agrément Certificate.
For the exterior metalwork, including ferrous and non-ferrous metal surfaces, Sandtex Trade Rust Inhibiting Primer was used to correct any defects prior to the application of Sandtex Trade Metalgloss X-tra and Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra.
With a manufacturer's guarantee of 10 years proven performance, Sandtex Trade Metalgloss X-tra protects metalwork and is formulated for excellent adhesion and gloss retention.
The high performance alkyd binder used in the solvent-borne Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra is suitable for a variety of substrates and with lightfast pigments, high film elasticity and excellent adhesion, offers a contemporary eggshell finish and durable protection for exterior wood and suitably primed metal.
Usman added: "Using the full system approach gave the contractors the versatility they needed to repair, redecorate and preserve a wide range of surfaces including various types of timber and different kinds of exterior metalwork.
"Utilising the many different functions of the product ranges has given City Mills a new lease of life and long-lasting protection, while residents now have a fresh look to their home."
Now, choosing the right Sadolin or Sandtex Trade product is easier than ever, with the launch of Crown Paints' new specification website.
Available at www.crownpaintspec.co.uk
the new site pulls together a raft of online tools and detailed information in a clear and concise format, to underpin a more selective, sustainable and speedier specification process.
Access to Crown Paints' industry-leading services, including site specific surveys, the colour team and Sustainable Smart Maintenance is now just a click away.
This is backed up with the latest information in areas including relevant fire safety information and legislation, environmental details and case studies across various sectors – and products are listed in a dedicated resource area for quick and easy reference.
The website also includes Crown Paints' popular PaintSpec Finder®, which delivers instant and technically-detailed specification plans for exterior and interior projects, through a user-friendly format.
This allows users to filter through a great deal of technical information to pinpoint exactly what Sadolin and Sandtex Trade products – as well as the other specification brand Crown Trade - they need for their chosen projects.
PaintSpec Finder® then pulls together the specifications into a report, with a personalised cover sheet showing the customer's name, the project and the user's own details, which is then all ready for specifiers to hand to their client or add to their tender or reference documents.
For more details please contact the Crown Paints' Specification Team by calling 0845 034 1464, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the specification website at www.crownpaintspec.co.uk
Alternatively, please visit www.sandtextrade.co.uk