For the ‘do-it-yourself’ types, a typical house rendering is not extremely difficult in concept, but does take time, patience and strength to complete. Keep in mind that not maintaining quality standards when doing a project on your own can result in a devalue of your home for the next buyer.
House Rendering Tools & Characteristics
Time and Patience
Doing a proper house rendering takes a lot of time, depending on the size of your walls. For one wall, it has to be done in a single session and not scattered throughout the day. Make sure you can allocate enough time to complete the project uninterrupted, or risk the rendering not turning out as you’d expect.
Coupled with long durations of rendering, a properly mixed render can become a burden to apply. When water is mixed with the render (usually sand and cement), the new rendering mix can feel quite heavy. With long sessions of rendering for each wall, it can wear your hands and arms out pretty easily if you are not used to do-it-yourself projects.
Wire Brush and Broom
New render should only be applied to a wall that is bare and completely clean. Therefore, any older coats of paint and previous render should be removed. Using a wire brush will help you with this process, but be wary of damaging the mortar underneath if applicable. After your render is prepared you can use a broom to brush off any loose debris or dirt.
The rendering mixture itself is arguably the most important tool for a house rendering! The type of render that you use will depend on the walls you want to cover, how you want it to look and what you want the render to accomplish long-term.
Trowel and Piece of Straight Wood
A trowel is used to mix the render into an applicable material that can be applied to your walls. Using a straight piece of wood will help you straighten out the render as you apply it.
Metal Hawk and Setting Trowel
A metal hawk, a flat metal piece with a handle, is typically used to carry the readied render for convenience. A setting trowel is used with a metal hawk to scoop up the mixed rendering and apply it to the desired surface.
Sponge Float or Sponge Finishing Trowel
When render is ready for the next step, you will use a sponge float or sponge finishing trowel to finish off the house rendering mixture by using a circular motion to force a rough texture to the surface. You’ll be removing a very small layer of the render, but this is necessary in order to get the sandy texture that is common among house renders.
If you think a house rendering project is too complicated or you don’t have the right equipment to complete it, you can always contact us at Render Makeovers to do the entire process from start to finish for you. We have a lot of experience and can even help you understand the house rendering process.