Different Types of Render For Your Home
The UK may be a temperate zone, but the weather can still throw pretty extreme conditions at the outside of your home. Over time, rain, frost, snow and sun can all leave their mark on a property. In this blog the Logic Plastering team looks at the types of render that you can use to protect your brickwork from wear and tear – and be the envy of the neighbourhood!
What is Rendering?
External renders have a practical and an aesthetic function for your home. Different types of render will offer greater or lesser protection to your property exterior, from the ongoing effects of exposure. Investing in render in the short term can save you costly repair bills in the long term. Render is also a way of transforming how your home looks. It allows you to create your dream exterior, whilst also maintaining the value of your property.
6 Types of Render to Choose From
There are many different types of render to choose from. The Logic team has put together a list of the most popular, and we’re always happy to talk through rendering options with you, or provide specialist advice to help you decide on the one that’s right for your home:
1. Sand and Cement Render
Sand and cement render is a cost-effective option in terms of materials, but it can be more expensive in terms of labour. This is because two or three coats are needed to achieve a smooth finish. Once dry, the render can be painted to any colour. However, sand and cement render requires ongoing maintenance to keep it looking its best. This should be factored into the overall cost of the project.
Here are some of the pros and cons of sand and cement render:
- Cost-effective in terms of materials.
- Durable and long-lasting.
- Can be painted to any colour.
- Requires more labour than other types of render.
- Can crack or chip over time.
- Needs to be maintained regularly.
2. Pebbledash Render
There are two types of pebbledash render: dry dash and wet dash.
- Dry dash is a traditional method of applying pebbledash. First, a standard render coat is applied to the wall. While the render is still wet, pebbles or small stones are thrown at it, creating the pebbledash finish.
- Wet dash is a newer method of applying pebbledash. In this method, the pebbles are mixed with the render coat before it is applied to the wall. This creates a more textured finish than dry dash, as the pebbles are embedded in the render.
Both dry dash and wet dash are durable finishes, so the choice of which one to use is largely a matter of personal preference. Dry dash has a more natural look, as the pebbles are visible. Wet dash has a more textured look, and it is often painted to match the rest of the house.
3. Lime Render
Lime render is a traditional type of render that has been used for centuries. It is known as a “breathing render” because it allows moisture to evaporate from the wall, preventing moisture build-up and dampness. Lime render is also more flexible than cement render, making it less likely to crack or flake. This makes it a good choice for older properties, which are more likely to move and settle over time.
Here are some of the benefits of lime render:
- Breathing render. Lime render allows moisture to evaporate from the wall, preventing moisture build-up and dampness.
- Flexible. Lime render is more flexible than cement render, making it less likely to crack or flake.
- Traditional. Lime render is a traditional type of render that has been used for centuries.
- Attractive. Lime render can provide an attractive finish, especially for older properties.
4. Silicone Render
Silicone render is a type of cement-based render that has been infused with silicone. Silicone is a water-repellent material, so silicone render is highly water-resistant. However, it is also breathable, so it allows moisture to evaporate from the wall, preventing moisture build-up and dampness. This makes silicone render a good choice for both new and old buildings.
Silicone render is also available in a variety of colours, so you can choose the perfect finish for your home. It is also low maintenance, so you can enjoy your beautiful new render for years to come.
Here are some of the benefits of silicone render:
- Water-Resistant. Silicone render is highly water-resistant, so it can help to protect your home from moisture damage.
- Breathable. Silicone render is also breathable, so it allows moisture to evaporate from the wall, preventing moisture build-up and dampness.
- Durable. Silicone render is a durable material that can last for many years.
- Low maintenance. Silicone render is low maintenance, so you can enjoy your beautiful new render for years to come.
5. Acrylic Render
Acrylic render is a popular choice for home exteriors because it can be applied in a variety of vibrant colours. It is a pre-mixed and pre-coloured render that does not need to be mixed on site. This makes it a more convenient and time-saving option than other types of render.
Acrylic render is also durable and can last for many years. However, it is not as waterproof as some other types of render, so it may not be the best choice for homes in wet climates.
Here are some of the benefits of acrylic render:
- Vibrant Colours. Acrylic render can be applied in a variety of vibrant colours, making it a great choice for homeowners who want to add a pop of colour to their home’s exterior.
- Durable. Acrylic render is a durable material that can last for many years.
- Convenient. Acrylic render is a pre-mixed and pre-coloured render that does not need to be mixed on site. This makes it a more convenient and time-saving option than other types of render.
Here are some of the drawbacks of acrylic render:
- Not as waterproof as other types of render.
- More expensive than other types of render.
6. Monocouche Render
Monocouche is a one-coat cement-based render that is weather resistant, breathable, and through-coloured. It has a scraped finish that gives a clean, crisp look and is available in a range of colours. It is more expensive than traditional sand and cement render, but it’s also more durable and has a nicer finish. Monocouche is not crack resistant, so it is not suitable for buildings that are prone to movement. It is low maintenance and does not need painting.
Here are some of the benefits of monocouche render:
- Weather resistant.
- Scraped finish gives a clean, crisp look.
- Available in a range of colours
- More durable than sand and cement render.
- Low maintenance.
- Does not need painting
Working With Logic Plastering
We’re a local Bedfordshire business which has been providing high-quality external rending services for over a decade. These include removal of old render, render repair, and new render finishes. Our team of professionals are guaranteed to turn up when they say they will, work to the agreed deadline, and clean up after themselves!
If you would like a free quotation for rendering in Bedfordshire, or you need guidance on the types of render that are best for your home, call the Logic team today on 07809 228328