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How Much Does Rendering Cost Per Square Metre?

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How Much Does Rendering Cost Per Square Metre?

Sep 9, 2013 by

Topic: Rendering, Renovation Costs

Render can revitalise a home. It gives it a new lease of life – propelling the property into a new age and making the best first impression. And if you’re considering revamping your home, you’re probably wondering how much rendering costs per square metre.

Here’s a rough guide to help you budget.

Guide to Rendering Costs


Rendering quotes are usually worked out on a per square metre basis. This means the size of your home will impact the overall cost. That being said, the renderer will probably provide a quote that outlines the total cost amount, comprising both the square metre cost and their hourly rate, which can range from $40 to $60 per hour.

This will vary locally and will also be determined by the type of rendering you choose. Textured effects, which are currently popular will typically involve more work. Acrylic render on blueboard sheeting is a more cost effective option, and could be up to half the price of traditional cement render on brickwork. It also allows you to mimic the look of rendered masonry - for a significant cost saving.

Rendering Cost Considerations


The square metre isn’t the only price factor. The type of render you choose, your location and the renderer’s credentials can also determine the cost of your rendering job. All up, rendering can cost between $2000 and $5000 for a standard-sized property, including labour and materials.

While this may sound like a lot, consider the value that render can add to a property. And if you’re planning to sell your home, refreshed render can make all the difference to your sale price.

Chances are, the renderer will need to apply two coats of product, as well as a waterproofing agent to seal the surface. This protects the render – and home – from the elements and ensures a longer lasting result.

Arris beading may also need to be applied to prepare the surface for the render. This costs between $12 and $20 per metre. Your renderer should let you know before the job begins if arris beading is needed.

Getting Rendering Quotes


When you get quotes from renderers, be sure to stipulate the size of your house and type of render you’d like used. Also let the renderer know your budget, so they can suggest a material to match.

And – as with all home improvement jobs – always check the renderer’s credentials, warranties and insurances before accepting the quote.

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