A Beginner’s Guide to Rendering: What Type of Render is Right for You?


Rendering is a job like plastering, which takes some skill and a lot of practice. We don’t advise you to start rendering walls without some experience, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t render your garden or garage wall.

For absolute beginners who don’t even know what rendering is, it is a process of adhering a type of mixture to your walls to protect them and make them twice as durable. Conventional render is made from cement, sand, and aggregate blend, but many modern products are cement free. However, there are other types like polymer, acrylic and more. To have a complete overview of home rendering and what type of render is right for you, we’ve put together this guide for beginners.

Cement Render

Cement renderings are some of the most durable types of renderings available. It is a mixture of sand, cement and lime which can be mixed onsite or bought premade. Cement renders are more cost-effective option compared to lime or polymer renders which makes them a more popular choice for builders and homeowners. It is also commonly easier to apply and cures quicker than most render solutions. However, it is not recommended for an older home as it’s extremely rigid and could crack or break easily.

Polymer Render

This type of render is relatively new render that can be added to other renders like lime or cement. It is a cement-based option that has had polymers added to help prevent cracking and so the render sticks better. This type of render is more expensive than cement render and has to be bought premade. This could be used on most brick and wooden homes.

Acrylic Render

Like polymer-modified render, acrylic render is like the conventional option except it includes an acrylic plastic. Like the polymer version, this means the render can be used on more surfaces and substrates as well as being quicker drying and less likely to crack. Furthermore, an acrylic rendering can be used to help seal the surface of the render and surface underneath and can also be used to hide alterations or unpleasant defects.

Lime Render

Lime render has been utilised on all types of buildings for many years. It provides the most breathable render product available, because it is capable of expanding and contracting with the surface of any building it coats. This makes it one of the best choices for wooden or older buildings, particularly those built of stone.             

Clay Render

Clay render was the very first material to be used in renders and plasters and it is making resurgence lately due to its environmental credentials; it is very easy to produce and can often be locally sourced. It’s often applied to old-fashioned buildings like straw houses and is made from just clay and water; handy for repairs, but not so helpful as it will erode away. Unless you deliberately try to recreate an old-style home, it is suggested that you go for a modern option.

If you’re looking to add some value to your property, consider have your exterior rendered. Whether you’re trying to improve the monetary value or structural value, this is a perfect way to ensure that your property will survive the years ahead.

Contact 365 team today and speak to our professional experts to discuss the next steps.

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