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“before buying have a look at 5 year old Mac Mic...”

Written on: 01/08/2014 by bobm1 (0 reviews written)

After about 3-4 years the render started to fall off many homes with cracks running from the ground to the roof about 12" from the corners in our development. Mac Mic say this is caused by settling and offer to patch up with bath sealant and crudely stick some roughcasting stones into the sealant and when large chimney sections have fell off they patch it with a different colour of render which can be seen from hundreds of yards away.
Several builders have told me that weather, temperature and mix consistency is very important when applying render and there should be expansion joints when the expanse is more than 9 meters and the render must adhere to the brick underneath. Mac Mic "experts" disagree they say there is no need for expansion joints, yet they have put them in some rendered walls but not others. They maintain that the building sinks down(settling)and because the render is stuck to the brick cracks appear and the standard repair for this in the UK is to fill the crack with silicon bath sealant. The NHBC guarantee is hardly worth the paper it is written on as they say this is not structural and refer you back to the builder who refuses to see what is in front of them. I would say this is indicative of how you will be treated by this company and i would stress caution before buying although poor service seems to be the norm from house builders so this is an large additional cost you need to bear in mind before buying, this is made worse because you will need to get neighbours to agree to spending large amounts of money also as most of these walls involve terraced or semi detached properties. I recommend you put PA4 8JA into your sat nav and see a 5 year old development before you sign up to buying then look across the road to the Wimpey development which looks newer but is about 10-15 years older.

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