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Can Paint Take the Place of Parging?

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It should come as no surprise to learn that we read a lot of news about parging. Yes, because we want to keep an eye on the industry to ensure our business practices are current, but also because we’re legitimately interested in staying on top of what’s happening in our industry.

Sometimes, the articles we read about parging are informative and help us do a better job for our customers. And sometimes, the advice given is just plain bad. For example, we already know that parging is more than just a cosmetic treatment, but if you are interested in increasing aesthetic appeal, please don’t paint your cinder block foundation with acrylic paint!

Why Not Paint Concrete?

Applying parging to foundation walls helps to provide a first layer of defense against the exterior elements. Yes, parging will break down over time because concrete does not have an unlimited lifespan, but a properly applied parge coat will last for a very long time. When it begins to show some signs of wear, often the best choice will be to replace it altogether. The difference between masonry finishes and other exterior finish materials is that they are porous. That means they expand and contract and transfer moisture.

Paint, and especially acrylic paint, does not have these moisture-transferring properties. That means if the paint cracks, and it will, water can seep behind it and has nowhere to go. The result is the potential to damage the foundation with a condition commonly known as spalling. You can probably guess that spalling isn’t anything good, but knowing what it means can save you a bundle when you’re interviewing Edmonton parging contractors.

What is Concrete Spalling?

Spalling is a condition that refers to concrete that has become pitted or flaked. The cause is nearly always environmental factors like a non-porous material, or a poor mix at the time of installation. While the result can be just a cosmetic issue, if left unchecked, spalling can also lead to structural damage. When treating your concrete or cinder block foundation, make sure the material used is one like a properly applied parge coat to ensure the long-term health of your property.


J and J Coatings is Edmonton’s premier parging contractor. We take pride in our work and stand by it with a five-year warranty on materials and labour. Our calendar for the 2017 parging season is full, but you can contact us today to get on the list for 2018.

How Parging Differs from Masonry Repair

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Parging Repair PhotoOne of the most frequent questions we get is whether or not we offer services for masonry repair along with our expert parging replacements and repairs. That’s easy enough to understand; the terms are often used interchangeably. Read on to learn about differences between parging and general masonry repairs.

Parging Repairs

Parging is a process that coats exterior foundation walls with a protective cement covering. The nature of the foundation can change the specific parging treatment it receives. If there is an existing parge coat, the recommendation may be to remove and replace it entirely to ensure the new parging adheres properly.

However, in some cases, there may be time or budget constraints that don’t allow for parging replacement. Parging repairs are a viable option in these cases, but it will require the specialized expertise of a skilled Edmonton parging contractor.

Masonry Repairs

Masonry repairs are often used as a catch-all to describe any repairs to brick or concrete exterior surfaces. Repairs that can fall under the broad umbrella of masonry repairs include tuck pointing, which fills or replaces the mortar in brickwork; repairs to bricks in chimneys and fireplaces; stonework, and repairs to concrete and foundations.

Some general masonry repair companies also include parging along with other, more general masonry repair services. We know our bias is showing, but we’re firmly of the opinion that parging is a highly specialized process that is best left in the hands of a company that offers dedicated parging services.

The Difference Between Parging Repair & Masonry Repair

Technically, as a mortar-based compound, parging can be applied to any vertical surface so, theoretically, it could be used in place of more traditional masonry repair projects like tuck pointing. However, this is not the intended purpose of parging, and it’s not a practice we’d even recommend. Understanding the difference between various types of exterior finishing materials is crucial when choosing a specialist to perform repairs to these surfaces.

J and J Coatings is a leading contractor in parging and parging repairs in Edmonton and the surrounding communities. We take pride in our work and stand by it with a five-year warranty on materials and labour. Appointments for the 2017 season are still available, but they won’t last long – Contact us today!

Does Parging Serve a Practical Purpose?

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parging poured concreteWe are active online on Twitter and on Facebook, and we love having an opportunity to interact with the community in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Our favourite thing about it is sharing information about the benefits of repairing or replacing parging to protect the foundation of your home.

One interesting question we received is this one on Facebook: “Does parging serve a purpose other than cosmetic?” Yes. Yes, it does. Read on to learn more. Read More

Why Invest in Home Improvements?

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Edmonton Parging: Why Invest in Home ImprovementIn many cases, our home is our most valuable asset, and that can be a scary thought. The latest news reports on the state of the real estate market in Edmonton, Alberta are painting a picture that is shaky at best. In light of that news, many people may wonder if it makes sense to invest in home improvement projects.

The answer is yes; in spite of fluctuating market conditions, there are still many reasons to invest in home improvements in Edmonton this spring. Read More

J and J Coatings – Homestars Best of Edmonton

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J and J Coatings – Homestars Best of EdmontonJ and J Coatings is pleased to announce that we have once again been named to the Homestars “Best of Edmonton” list for 2017. We take pride in our work, and it’s rewarding to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed by our customers and the team of judges at Homestars.

We provide our award-winning parging services in Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding communities of Sherwood Park, Saint Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Beaumont, Devon, Spruce Grove, Morinville, Leduc, Bon Accord, Stony Plain, Gibbons and Calmar.

Being named to the Homestars “Best of” list is a truly exceptional honour because recipients of the award are selected based on the feedback and ratings left by their satisfied customers. To those who took the time to leave us a review on Homestars in the last year, thank you! Your kind words have helped others make an informed choice to work with Edmonton’s leading parging company.

For those who have not worked with us yet, fear not! We have no intention of resting on our laurels. After all, we’re determined to make the Homestars “Best of Edmonton” list in 2018 too. Another parging season is just around the corner, and we can hardly wait to get started!

4 Common Problems Around the House in Winter

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Edmonton Parging: 4 Common Problems Around the House in WinterThere are a host or problems that can occur around the house in winter, but because of inclement weather conditions in Edmonton and the surrounding area, avoiding these conditions means doing preventative maintenance in the fall. Many repairs might even need to wait for spring to be properly addressed, and that’s a long way away!

Here is a look at four common problems around the house that typically present themselves in winter. Knowing what you’re up against could be helpful when prioritizing your pre-winter home maintenance checklist next year. Read More

What Type of Stone Finish Best Suits Your Home?

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Edmonton Stone Veneer BathroomPersonalizing your space is the last step on the long road to owning a home you love. By sticking to durable, beautiful materials, you can make sure that the interior finishes you choose will last for as long as you own your home. You’re also sure to delight the next owner, so long as you choose wisely.

When it comes to interior stone finishes, you have a few options to choose from for your Edmonton home. Read More

Maintenance Tips Before Cold Weather Hits

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Edmonton Fall Home MaintenanceLabour Day has come and gone, leaving us looking ahead to another long, cold winter in Edmonton. Soon enough, work outside will become something to dread, so before the cold weather hits, take the time to do some work around the house to free up precious time for warmer weather activities next year.

Here are our picks for tasks you should do — or have done — before the cold weather hits for another year. Read More

Parging Damage: What’s a Homeowner to do?

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Everybody knows, or at least can understand, that with great increases in population come great increases in new home construction. Since 1975, Edmonton’s population has doubled. At just over 40 years old, that leaves these houses with many systems that are nearing the end of their useful life expectancy.

For example, many homes of this age will have signs of wear on the parge coat. After decades of enduring the freeze/thaw cycles that are part of life in Edmonton, this is to be expected. The parging may be cracked, flaking, or even falling away from the home in some cases. What is a homeowner to do when this happens? We have the answers! Read More

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