When planning your home or building renovation, you’ve likely come across the term “rendering” and wondered what it is and whether you need it for your home. There are multiple ways of rendering a wall and it may seem a little daunting, but, with the right knowledge and help from a professional plasterer, the process becomes a lot clearer.
Render is a finish applied mainly to external walls, but it may also be applied to internal walls too. Much like plastering, rendering provides a durable finish and is used to achieve either a smooth or textured appearance. However, its use extends far beyond being aesthetic, as it has water and fireproof qualities that can help protect your property against damage.
The main materials used in render are cement, sand, lime and water. General-purpose cement can be used, however, it’s important that the sand is fine and clean of any dirt or impurities. For a decorative, coloured finish, pigments can also be added to the render mix to make your walls stand out.
Unlike traditional rendering, where a plaster-like mix is applied to walls, cladding involves applying a sheet of material to your exterior walls. This will not only improve the appearance of your property, but it will also add a protective layer that, with its insulating qualities, keeps harsh weather out and heat in.
A clad finish gives your external walls a contemporary look and can help increase the value of your property, due to its curbside appeal. Different cladding materials offer a range of final looks, from a brick-like composite to wooden slats.
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As the name suggests, pebble dash is a form of render where pebbles are applied to the wet mix in a dashing motion. This finish adds texture, but may require more upkeep, as pebbles can fall off over time. In recent years, the pebble dash effect has diminished in popularity, but it continues to endure as a finish that stands out against plain, contemporary buildings.
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|Bristol||£25 per hour||£177 per day|