Painted Render vs. Coloured Render – Which is Right for Your Property?

Your building’s exterior is one of the first things people notice. A fresh coat of paint or eye-catching coloured render can make a huge difference to its curb appeal and overall value. If you’re considering upgrading your property’s appearance with external rendering, you’ve probably wondered: should I choose pre-coloured render or stick to traditional render and add a coat of paint?

Both options have advantages, but understanding the key differences can help you to make the right choice for your budget and needs. This blog post will help you weigh the pros and cons of painted vs. coloured render so you can make an informed decision.


Painted or Coloured Rendering – The Pros and Cons

Choosing between coloured and painted render isn’t just about the look – it’s about finding the solution that best fits your budget and long-term goals:

How Your Rendering Will Look

Both coloured render and painted render offer home and business owners a huge range of colour and texture choices:

  • Coloured Render. This comes in a wide variety of colours and textures. You’re likely to find a shade that matches your vision or your brand without needing extra coats of paint.
  • Painted Render. Provides the ultimate flexibility in colour choice. If you have a very specific shade in mind, or want to change the look later on, painted render gives you that freedom.

How Long Will Your Colour Last?

How Long Will Your Colour Last

Durability is a crucial factor to consider when investing in exterior renovations, and it’s an area where coloured render has a clear advantage over painted finishes. Here’s a closer look:

  • Coloured Render. The colour is integrated into the render itself, meaning it won’t fade, chip, or peel as easily as paint can. This makes it a great choice for your external walls, especially if they’re exposed to harsh weather conditions.
  • Painted Render. Offers protection, but the paint layer will naturally crack and flake over time, requiring maintenance and repainting to preserve its appearance and colour intensity.

How Much Maintenance is Required?

Maintenance is a key difference between these two options:

  • Coloured Render. Generally low maintenance. Aside from occasional cleaning to remove surface dirt, coloured render keeps its bright, fresh looks without fading or peeling.
  • Painted Render. Requires more upkeep. Paint may fade, chip, or peel over time, requiring touch-ups or complete repainting to maintain its colour and protection.

Comparative Costings

This needs to be considered, not just in terms of the initial outlay, but over the lifetime of your render:

  • Coloured Render. Typically has a higher initial cost due to the specialised materials and application process. However, the long-term durability means minimal maintenance expense.
  • Painted Render. Often a lower initial cost. However, remember to factor in the long-term costs of repainting and touch-ups to maintain your desired look.

Types of Coloured Render – Textures, Finishes, and Materials

Types of Coloured Render

Coloured render goes far beyond a simple splash of colour. Modern renders offer an incredible variety of textures, finishes, and materials, each with its own unique properties and advantages. We’ll take a look at the most popular types of coloured render to help you find the ideal fit for your external walls.

Silicone-Based Render

If you’re looking for a subtle texture, silicone-based render delivers a scraped finish and comes in a variety of standard colours. Its durability makes it a great choice for areas exposed to harsh weather conditions.

Acrylic Render

Acrylic render is known for its weather resistance and the ability to achieve darker, richer colours. It can be applied to approved render board systems or directly onto masonry, offering flexibility in both the way it looks and its application.

Monocouche Render

Monocouche render offers a classic flat finish with a pitted appearance. It’s known for its efficient one-coat application, suitable for both hand and machine rendering. Don’t let its simplicity fool you – with specialised products and techniques, skilled applicators can use monocouche render to create stunning effects like brick or ashlar stone.

Thin Coat Render

Thin coat render stands out with its distinct texture that can be customised by adjusting the application thickness. It’s a versatile option that works well on both board systems and masonry surfaces.

Mineral-Based Render

Mineral-based renders come in both coloured and non-coloured varieties, giving you more options. Look for options that include dirt-resistant properties for a cleaner, more maintenance-friendly finish.

Logic Plastering – A Trusted Bedfordshire Rendering Provider

Transform your property’s appearance and protect it for years to come with Logic Plastering’s expert rendering services. Our experienced team has worked with all the different render types, ensuring a perfect application for your home or business in Bedfordshire. We’ll guide you through the process, starting with a free on-site assessment and a no-obligation quote tailored to your needs.


Why Choose Logic Plastering?

  • Local Expertise – We’re proud to have served our Bedfordshire community over two decades now, building a reputation for quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.
  • Commitment to Excellence – Our positive reviews and repeat customers are a testament to our dedication to meeting deadlines, staying within budget, and always valuing your feedback.

Logic Plastering offers an excellent service, and the quality of work is second to none.We are so happy with the plaster skimming, adding coving where required internally and our monocouche to our external walls on our new extension.

– Ashley Rowe


Ready to transform your property’s exterior? Contact Logic Plastering today and let’s discuss the possibilities – 07809 228328



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