What You Should Know About Rendering

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What You Should Know About Rendering

5 December 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

If you wish to transform or upgrade the look on your walls, rendering is an affordable solution that is destined to not only make your walls look great but also make them more water-tight and durable. Rendering is a method of applying render to walls. Render is a thick coating consisting of a cement mixture that is applied to structural walls. Based on your preference, the applied render can be smooth or coarse, colored or painted.

Reasons why you should render

·         A house constructed using dark bricks may be transformed into an energy efficient unit by applying a coating of light colored render on the surface of the bricks. Apart from adding to the home's insulation, the light-colored render also deflect away heat rather than absorbing it.

·         A house featuring dark bricks on the outside may be very dim on the inside. Therefore, applying render to the outer walls, arches and veranda will serve to lighten up the interiors, thus eliminating the need for extra lighting fixtures.  

·         Refurbishing an antique home with render increases the value of that home because it will come across as modern.

Types of render

Render is available in three main types. So how do you determine what type you need? Well, the first step in selecting a render type is getting acquainted with the types of render available.

Cement render

It comprises of a mixture of sand, lime, cement and water.

·         The purpose of the lime is to provide flexibility in the mixture and thus prevent cracking.

·         Based on the extent of smoothness needed, coarse or fine sand is usually used.

·         Cement may be colored to produce the preferred effect.

·         Water is usually varied to afford anything from a nimble coating or catching effect to a comprehensive, smooth finish.

Acrylic render

Plastic substitutes the lime in acrylic render. Some of its advantages include:

·         Acrylic render affords the renderer an easier time when it comes to applying it.

·         Additionally, it dries more quickly.

·         Rather than using a full trowel, the renderer may use a roller. 

Solid plastering

This comprises of fine sand, lime and water. It is more fitting for indoor use due to the following reasons:

·         Solid plastering features a softer finish.

·         It's often applied wet and takes too much time to dry. As a result, it is unsuitable for outdoor applications as it can dry a lot more quickly or be damaged by outside weather conditions such as rain, frost and heat.

Rendering is a great way of improving your home, provided that it is performed by a professional renderer like one from Reliable Restorations. Thus, allow the professionals to do the job for the desired, lasting end result.