Below are just some of the most common renders available. Review them and then chat to a qualified professional about how to get started.
Cement renders are some of the most durable types of renders available. Stronger than a lime render, this sealed or painted render can provide additional support to a building when applied. It helps prevent the penetration of dampness or water through exterior walls.
Using a cement (most common is Portland cement) render is not recommended for an older home as it’s extremely rigid and could crack or break easily.
Cement renders are a popular option for builders and homeowners alike as they are a more cost-effective option compared to lime or polymer renders, cures quicker than most and is typically easier to apply. This is one of the most popular rendering options.
Sometimes referred to as a traditional ‘natural hydraulic lime render,’ or ‘NHL’ for short, this has been utilised on all types of buildings for many years. Of all the options available to your walls, this one provides the most breathable render product available, as it’s capable of expanding and contracting with the surface of whatever building it coats. This makes it one of the best choices for wooden or older buildings and surfaces.
This type of render is relatively new. White cement polymer renders utilises a silicone water repellent as an essential part of the rendering process. While it repels water easily on the surface, it still allows water vapour to pass through it and lets the substrate beneath it breath with ease.
This type of render could be used on most brick and wooden homes.
‘Mono,’ meaning one or singular and ‘couche,’ being French for diagonal, put together means, “single layer.” As a render, it provides protection from weather and adds decorative elements.
This modern type of rendering does not require a base coat and is often considered a good fit for new buildings and properties. Monocouche renderings are available in a wide range of colours through adding lime or polymer renders.
This special type of render is a type of ‘exterior wall insulation,’ or ‘EWI’ that can reduce your homeowner’s carbon footprint. Up to a third of a building’s heat can be lost through walls that aren’t insulated properly. When a wall has no room for a cavity wall insulation, such as buildings with solid walls, single skin walls, steel or timber framed walls, or prefabricated concrete panels, an exterior wall insulation or insulated render is often the best choice to insulate your home.
This render is only used as a finishing coat for previous renders. It contains aggregates, a material formed from fragments or particles loosely compacted together, for design purposes in order to provide a texture that isn’t flat. The size of the aggregates can vary, depending on the appearance you want to achieve. In addition, an acrylic rendering can be used to help seal the surface of the render and surface beneath it and can also be used to help hide alterations or unwanted defects.
When you’re looking to add some value to your home, consider have your house exterior rendered. Whether you’re looking to increase the monetary value or the structural value, this is an excellent option to ensure your home can weather the years ahead.
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