Why render external walls?
Render is normally made up of sand and cement or a flexible, breathable polymer render which suits properties with solid walls. It can hide a multiple of sins on the brickwork of your period home, whilst creating a sleek finish on modern homes.
How much does it cost?If you wish to give your home external rendering, you will generally need:
- An initial based coat, depending on substrate
- A topcoat either, Thin Coat or Scratch Coat
What are the types of render finishes?Old or historic buildings suit a lime render with a textured or patterned finish, whilst modern homes can benefit from new, silicone-based renders that are flexible, breathable, low-maintenance with a smooth finish.
- Lime render - flexible and breathable, generally better for period properties, good for damp issues.
- Cement render - Used as standard on external walls, cheap but requires a few coats of paint and frequent retouching so can be expensive in the long run.
- Monocouche renders - Cement or lime-based, it has polymers and other plastics added, to help prevent cracking. They comes already coloured and ready to mix. More expensive to buy initially, but as you only need one coat, and you don’t need painting, it will save you money in the long term.
- Thin Coat render - Normally applied as a top coat, can either be Acrylic based or silicone based for a longer lasting result and to prevent the need for cleaning.