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Rendering is a covering of hard-wearing plaster on external walls used to protect a building from the extremes of weather. Many different rendering materials have been used over the centuries, from mud and dung to wood and lime, all of which help to insulate and protect houses from the elements. Most modern versions are tough durable plaster renders that give a smooth attractive finish and last for many years before needing renewal.
Rendering has the added advantage of making your home far more energy efficient. It's thought around 30 per cent of heat is lost through normal external walls, but this is vastly reduced by rendering. Thus a good render will help to save both the planet and your money.
Many people associate rendering with the drab grey pebble-dash of 1950s and later housing but that's a world away from the modern specialist products that are available on the market today. These use new silicones and acrylics which still have all the advantages of traditional renders but offer even greater durability, flexibility and often a maintenance-free lifespan. They provide smooth or textured surfaces that can be painted to suit, or even injected with the colour of your choice prior to application.
The rendered house of today looks sleek, elegant and has sharp eye-catching lines highlighted in attractive contemporary colours and shades. Modern rendering will not only protect your building from potential damage through wind and rain, but it will also save you money on your heating costs as well as transporting the look of your house into the twenty-first century. A good render will add value to your home and increases its prestige and saleability.
Whatever the style of your property and whatever your budget, there are a wide range of render options to choose from. Whether you're after smooth or textured, traditional or modern, there is a render to suit your needs.
Types of Render
The cement render is the most common form of render used in the last one hundred years. It's a cheap and hard-wearing option but requires regular painting to keep it looking good. Cement renders are mixed on site and usually require several coats of varying coarseness to apply. It is an extremely durable form of render but can be subject to cracking should the building underneath move or settle in any way.
Lime Render has been a popular choice to protect houses in the UK for centuries, and is now increasingly in demand as people are rediscovering it's practicality, particularly in the case of older properties.
Although it can be harder to apply and more costly to use than cement render, it is in fact a far superior product. Because it is a natural product, it has the ability to let moisture pass through it, allowing the house underneath to breathe. This will prevent damp and mould from forming inside the building. Thanks to this advantage it is a popular choice for many renovation projects and conservation work. A large number of older houses suffered a considerable degree of damage from the application of concrete renders before the dangers were appreciated. Moisture became trapped in the walls and fittings of the buildings causing significant damp problems and occasionally even structural damage.
Lime render is incredibly flexible, so should the building move or settle in any way it will bend and stretch with it. Unlike concrete renders it will not crack but simply moves with the natural shift in the building structure. Lime is also a natural fungicide and will prevent the growth of mould on the outside walls, thus keeping your building looking clean and well-maintained. Alongside all this it's stunning finish will enhance the appearance of both modern houses as well as period ones. Unlike modern renders it does require reapplication every four to five years, but is otherwise maintenance free.
In the last decade, some companies have introduced high-tech lime render products intended to be easier to use but still retaining all the advantages of the traditional product. The addition of silicones in products such as K-Lime, brings this ancient rendering material into the modern age.
These renders are another new innovative product that are beginning to take over in popularity from cement renders. Unlike the cement renders they are extremely flexible and will not crack should the building move or settle beneath. They are also highly durable and largely maintenance free.
Polymer products are usually premixed and can be pre-coloured and through-coloured meaning that no further painting is required once they have been applied. The wide range of contemporary shades and textures suit any modern home or commercial building.
As they are silicone based, most polymer renders will still allow your house to breathe so there is no risk of damp. Many types are even self-cleaning which is ideal for those buildings where there is lots of vegetation and the risk of organic overgrowth.
Acrylic renders have a plastic acrylic added to them which makes the render much stronger and more flexible than the traditional cement based renders. They usually require only a thin coat which is formed of fine acrylic hairs lying in different directions creating a highly flexible mat coating. This elasticity means they will not crack if the building moves or settles.
They can be applied to a range of different surfaces including painted walls, concrete and timber, and a wide variety of different finishes and textures are available. They don't degrade in UV light from the sun, and they are incredibly tough against the elements.
Acrylic renders form an absolutely impenetrable barrier to water yet still allow the building underneath to breathe. They are also resistant to mould and bacteria. They are extremely fast drying and will be ready to paint just a few days following application.
K-Rend are a British company who have popularised the use of silicone in renders. They are possibly the most popular rendering products available in the country at this time. Silicone is highly water replant and self-cleaning, and is therefore largely maintenance free.
K-Rend manufacture a number of different lines, for every sort of property. They come in a range of colours and finishes, and are extremely durable and hard-wearing.
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