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Dry dashing, also known as pebble dashing, has been used historically as an effective method of rendering external walls.

The first appearance of dashing can be traced back to the Romans who used a mixture of quicklime and sand to give a stippled effect on external walls.

In 16th Century Britain dashing became popular with the revival of brickmaking. Only the wealthy could afford these new bricks so wet dashing became the appropriate alternative to fill and cover any gaps in the walls. Wet dashing is very similar to dry dashing, except the stones and pebbles are added to the cement and sand mixture before it is applied to the walls.

In the 19th and 20th Centuries, architects began to use wet dashing as a design feature. They would design buildings with window surrounds and cornices that would be featured or highlighted by colours and stones in the wet dashing. 

Wet and dry dashing became increasingly popular in the post-war era. Many were in the market for something new and modern. Plus, not only was it was cheap to buy and apply, but it was also extremely long-lasting and durable.

Both wet and dry dashing fell out of popularity in the late 20th and early 21st Century as new materials, styles and designs took over. However, while wet dashing has pretty much disappeared, dry dashing is starting to come back into favour, particularly in Ireland where many see it as both stylish and sensible.


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