Contemporary Lake District home sealed against marine environment with Andura

A contemporary home in the western Lake District has just been given the Andura treatment to guard against the marine environment of its coastal setting.

Horama House was a new build project by David Friend just over ten years ago when he bought a plot of land on the Duddon Estuary at Millom. The luxury 4,200 sq.ft. property boasts six bedrooms on the ground floor and four reception rooms on the first floor to enjoy the panoramic views of the estuary and the Lakeland Fells. It also features a central tower with staircase leading to a stunning roof garden.

David Friend turned to Andura Registered applicator, Anchor Coatings when the original exterior finish failed due to water penetration from the harsh local marine environment.

Before applying the external coating, Anchor Coatings had to remove and rebuild 1,100 sq.ft. of ‘blown’ render to establish a sound base and properly prepare the substrate for the Andura coating. Some 3,400 sq.ft. of the property’s exterior walls were sprayed with Andura’s Pro-Flex Ultimate high performance coating in polar white. George Campbell, Managing Director of Anchor Coatings explains, “We also specified Andura’s Pro-Clear to be applied on the coping stones on the roof as water was getting in and de-laminating the previous exterior finish. We completed the project in 14 days and the result is an excellent maintenance-free coating.”

The owner, David Friend is delighted with the results too. “I’m over the moon. The Anchor Coatings team were absolutely ace – the family firm were extremely hard working and efficient and were very flexible in dealing with the variable weather conditions working longer hours when necessary. They certainly kept disruption to a minimum which is very important as we are a B & B business.”

David Friend was convinced that Andura’s Pro-Flex Ultimate was the right product for his property, when he was given a demonstration of the product’s permeability in a miniature water tank. It showed how the Andura coating is water resistant from the outside, yet still allows water vapour to breath out of the substrate.

Anchor Coatings, who have 28 years’ experience in the exterior coating’s industry, use a five stage process to achieve the final result. This involves wall preparation; masking of all doors, windows and surrounding paths and garden; restoration of any surfaces that require re-rendering; applying a priming coat to ensure adhesion of the final coating and then spray applying the final Andura Pro-Flex Ultimate coating for a flawless finish.

So confident are they in the product and the work that has been carried out, that Anchor Coatings have given a ten-year guarantee on this project.

Andura’s Pro-Flex technology provides excellent long-term protection and decoration for buildings. The elastomeric properties of Pro-Flex technology give excellent resistance to subsequent cracks in the substrate. Using the very latest advances in coatings technology, Andura has now developed Pro-Flex Ultimate which is specially formulated to combine all the benefits of Pro-Flex technology including improved breathability, water and dirt resistance for a harder wearing, longer lasting and beautiful finish to keep exterior walls in top condition. Pro-Flex Ultimate comes in 16 standard colours, plus a colour matching service is available.

Pro-Flex Ultimate is classified as ‘highly breathable’ and ‘highly water resistant’ as tested in accordance with German (DIN), European (EN) and International (ISO) standards. The addition of silicon resin and silane to Pro-Flex considerably improves resistance to dirt pick-up.

Andura’s Pro-Clear is a single component silane-siloxane system which penetrates into exterior building surfaces and chemically bonds to produce a water repellent lining. Pro-Clear significantly reduces the absorption of water and water-borne contaminants whilst allowing the substrate to continue to breathe. Pro-Clear will leave most substrates unstained and has excellent resistance to UV light and weathering.

Andura provides a technical support package to engineers, architects, specifiers, end-users and contractors as well as training and on-site assistance.

Further information on Pro-Flex and Pro-Clear coatings is available from Andura on 01869 240374 by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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