Texture coatings began in Australia in the early 1950's through Granosite, a wholly Australian-owned company. From the first texture coating system, a cement-based coating premixed by hand and sprayed on, Granosite set the benchmark for product technology and application techniques.
They created the texture coatings industry in Australia by offering versatile, durable, long-life and cost-effective coatings that meet the stringent requirements of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry.
From 1952, when Granosite was founded, over 50 products have been developed that form the basis of over 100 different surface preparation and texture coatings systems. Nearly all the products are water-based acrylics offering the most effective coating systems with the greatest safety for the environment. There is a choice of many styles, from authentic sandstone and marble looks to 'Old World' reproductions.
The transformation that a texture coating system can make to an existing or new home is phenomenal. Texture finishes are extremely versatile especially for home renovators making that first or second story extension.
The texture coating has the advantage of making a house look uniform when there are several different building substrates being utilised.
Texture finishes can be applied over many substrates. Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) and Fibre Cement sheets are the most recent innovation in building materials and texture coating systems have been especially developed by Granosite for these substrates.
Texture finishes are applied at much thicker rates than normal paint and so when applied correctly will last longer.
Q. Is it waterproof?
A. This will vary on the chosen system but in most cases yes.
Q. What is the difference between render and Granosite?
A. Brick and block substrates usually require a sand and cement render layer to create a uniform smooth substrate before overcoating. Granosite textures are acrylic finishes best applied over smooth substrates for maximum eye appeal.
Q.What is the difference between paint and Granosite?
A. Texture coatings give a decorative appearance and long life protection, with a higher film build than paint, hiding surface defects, enhancing eye appeal and a much longer life.
Q. How is Granosite applied?
A. Application depends on the products used but usually by roller, trowel or spray. Some systems require a combination of these techniques but in all cases they are applied by an applicator skilled in the use of these products and systems.
Q. Why would I use Texture Coatings instead of paint if I still have to render the surface?
A. Life expectancy will vary upon the system used - paint 5-7 years - Granosite texture and aggregate coatings 10-20 years, but there are many examples far older than this.
Q. What happens after 20 years, does it fall off?
A. No. Fashion changes before the product wears out and usually people update colour schemes by overcoating.