What is rendering?
Rendering is the process of coating external walls with a mixture to improve the overall functionality and look of the walls. It is normally done over brick or concrete walls and is a great way to freshen the external appearance of the home.
What is the purpose of rendering?
One of the main reasons for opting for rendering is aesthetics. In some parts of the world, exposed bricks on a structure are not considered very visually appealing and the design of the building is thought to be incomplete. Rendering over the bricks gives it a complete, finished look. It also helps in waterproofing and insulating the house to some extent. Slowly but surely, the concept of rendering is making its way to Australia, with more and more people looking for rendering services every day.
How Is It Done?
Rendering is done by a professional renderer who is trained to do the job. Unless you have the appropriate skills, we recommended hiring a professional renderer to undertake the job.
The primary ingredients used for creating render (the coating) are cement, sand and lime. Thin coats of the mixture are applied to the walls using a brush, towel, or sponge, depending on the type of surface. To completely set and dry, the render might take up to 24 hours to 14 days, with acrylic renders being the quickest to set and traditional ones taking the longest.
Types of Render
A few common types of renders are as follows:
- Lime Render: This render is made with lime and is most suitable for older, traditional buildings because of its flexibility.
- Cement Render: Made by combining cement, sand and sometimes lime, this is the most common type of render available, though it is prone to cracking.
- Polymer-Modified Render: Cement render with crack-resistance properties and the ability to adhere better.
- Acrylic Render: Gaining popularity because of its crack-resistance and quick drying properties, acrylic render is more expensive when compared to other options, however, its quality is superior.
How Much Does It Cost?
Normally, a renderer charges per square meter. So, your cost would be roughly based on the size of your structure. In addition to the size, the type of render used affects the total cost. Depending on the structure, the type of render, your location and the level of service you opt for, the total cost may be anywhere between $30 m2 to $50 m2 . For an average home (400 square meters), you’re looking at a cost anywhere from $12,000 for a basic renderer all the way to $20,000 for higher quality rendering.
The most important factor when hiring a professional renderer for your project is making sure they are licensed and insured. Further, view the professionals past work and speak to their past clients to ensure the person you hire is legitimate.
The prices above are just a guide and subject to the time the article was made, if you want an accurate and up to date price, get up to 3 quotes from local renderers today.