Although plastering and rendering are used interchangeably it is important we explain the difference. Plastering is carried out on interior surfaces while rendering is undertaken on exterior surfaces. There are separate materials used for plastering and separate materials used for rendering more so as the external walls are exposed to weather elements like rain, snow, frost etc. Rendering has been the chosen way of finishing off exterior walls for centuries and for good reason. It looks great and it offers flexibility with a wide range of colours, textures and styles and provides great protection for your exterior walls. A poor rendering job would noticed by anyone which is why it is always important to hire the experts. Call us today and we will happily come and assess the project and give you a quote.
A evidence of a quality render job is the quality of the finish. It is all about getting the mix right. This is what we offer as part of our service to you. There are a variety of possible render finishes including cement render, lime render, insulated render, polymer render amongst others. We use a variety of tools to create the tailored look and feel for your property. Give us a call today and we can run through our options for your projects.
There are options to paint on a render finish. We don’t usually advice this as we have a way of mixing the materials we use for the rendering to give you your desired finish.
There are various traditional rendering options available to choose from. From scratch coating to flat rendering to wet dash etc. A scratch coat is usually sand or cement and sometimes lime applied to a substrate. This gives the background a tooth and helps uneven the brick/block work. The flat rendering is a flat smooth look which is achieved by applying sand or cement to a scratch coat while the wet dash is sand or cement mixed with stones then chucked at the wall evenly. Our approach is to clean the wall first to make sure the render adheres perfectly then we fix battens to ensure the render grips firmly to the surface. Then we mix the render, a multicoat process as the best renders use a slight coarser sand for the first coat and grade to slightly finer sand for the top coat. Finally with cement and lime we deliver that classic look as has been done for hundreds of years. It is the tried and tested method.
An alternative to the traditional render is the acrylic render using a premixed substrate. The advantages of a premixed acrylic render are that they can be smoother than traditional render and with the addition of polymers to the mix, it is possible to get designer finishes that look like other materials (sandstone or marble for example). They are also more water resistant which is a plus for the Great British weather. From a recycling perspective the traditional renders are better as acrylic are not easy to break down and recycle. When you call us we are able to run through the options to get the best fit for your project.