Frequently Asked Questions
What is house rendering?
Exterior house rendering is the process of applying a plastered finish to your external walls.
The render is applied by a Plasterer and gives a smooth and attractive finish, whilst adding kerb appeal to your house. It also protects the brickwork or blocks from the elements.
House rendering adds a layer of insulation to your home and stops moisture getting through your walls. This prevents maintenance in the future and lengthens the lifespan of the wall by up to 20 years.
There are many different types of render that can be applied. Each of these processes has different benefits and drawbacks.
What are the benefits of rendering?
· Add value to your home.
When done well, rendering your house can add value to it. A good rendering job gives a home kerb appeal, makes it look more modern and helps it stand out from other homes in the area. Further to this, it makes the house more energy efficient, weatherproof and reduces costs of maintenance on exterior walls.
· Makes your home more energy efficient
Around 30 per cent of the energy used to heat a home is lost through its external walls. Rendering your house is an effective way of reducing your energy bills and making your home more energy efficient. All this without having to make any changes to the inside of your home!
Protecting brick work against wind, rain and dam. Thus preventing ingress and damage to the inside of your home.
· Kerb appeal.
Rendering your home gives it more kerb appeal, making it look more attractive and modern from the outside.
What are the different types of Rendering?
Both monocouche and silicone render are types of colour through render.
With colour through render, the colour is added during the manufacturing process. This is more advanced than the traditional processes whereby the render had to be painted after application, to add colour to your home.
This means that when applied, the render is a solid colour throughout, rather than a coating after application of the plaster.
There are a range of colours available, please see LINK!
Monocouche render is a type of through colour render, which provides a lovely clean and crisp finish. It is available in a wide range of colours.
Monocouche render is a one coat cement and as such is more breathable for the walls that it is applied to.
It is more durable and long-lasting than traditional forms of render, helping it to protect against adverse weather conditions. This is of great benefit to our customers who can expect the render to last a greater length of time without maintenance.
Monocouche render can be applied by a render pump, or by hand.
Benefits of Monocouche render:
- Gives a quality finish
- Low maintenance
- Does not need painting
- Offered in a wide range of colours
- Can be finished in a wide range of textures
Downsides of Monocouche render:
- Slightly more expensive
- Not crack resistant, so unsuitable for buildings prone to movement
Silicone render is a cement-based render that has a natural and quality finish and is available in a wide range of colours.
It is water repellent and is also very effective in protecting against damage from UV rays. It is a great render for maintaining its cleanliness as it does not absorb dirt, which makes it low maintenance in the longer term for our customers.
Despite its excellent repellent properties, the silicone render is also very breathable
Benefits of Silicone render:
- water repellent
- low maintenance
- comes in a wide range of colours
- natural finish
Can I render my house without planning permission?
You do not usually need to apply for planning permission to render or re-render your home. Check with your local council if you have any doubt.
Can you render a house in the winter?
The short answer to this is yes. We can render your house in the winter, despite the unpredictability of the weather conditions in the UK, especially Yorkshire!
There are several factors that need to be considered and managed, to enable us to deliver the best quality service:
- Wind and rain: We can protect your home from the elements by covering our scaffolding with plastic sheeting. If we leave the house exposed to the elements, there is more chance of the render getting wet, becoming saturated and cracking. Tenting around the scaffolding will remove this issue.
- Daylight hours: As winter draws in, daylight hours reduce. To provide the best quality rendering service we need good light.
- Temperature: House rendering and frost do not go hand in hand. The renders we use are suitable for application in temperatures as low as 3°C. Anything below this and we would not recommend rendering.
We can manage adverse conditions through the use of the following:
- Accelerator: Weber has a monocouche render which can be combined with an additive and water at mixing stage, rather than water alone. The use of this product reduces the time it takes for the render to set.
- Protect the finish: We can protect your home from the elements by covering our scaffolding with plastic sheeting
- Heat: Within the sheeted scaffolding, the use of heaters can be beneficial to speed up the setting of your render!
Is Render waterproof?
Yes, Render is waterproof. If older properties are exposed to adverse weather conditions for long periods of time, brick can be liable to damp. Having a layer of render on the outside of this brick prevents water from getting into the brick and stops dampness from occurring in the property.
How long will it take to render my house?
All in all, the entire process will usually take around one to four weeks to complete from start to finish, depending on the size of your property and the style of render chosen.
How long should rendering last?
Our renders have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years but this varies by the system used. We offer a guarantee of 10 years through Webers Render Systems. Cheaper Render or Rendering processes would invalidate that warranty.
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