Render can give a house a new lease of life. What was once just another house on the block becomes the standout house. Rendering can make such a positive difference to the appearance of a home, in fact, that it can add much more to the value of your property than the cost of rendering. How much does rendering cost per square metre and what affects the square metre rates?
How Much Does Rendering Cost?*
charge hourly rates of between $40 and $65 on average, but will usually quote on a per square metre basis. Your location, the type of rendering you need and other factors will have an effect on the per metre rate, which is why one homeowner will pay around $30m2 for rendering and another pay $50m2 or more. Acrylic render on blueboard sheeting is a more cost-effective than traditional cement render on brickwork, for example. It also allows you to mimic the look of rendered masonry - for a significant cost saving. The type of texture you choose will also have an impact on the cost and rendering a two-storey home will cost more than a single storey rendering job.
Getting Quotes from Renderers
You might find significant differences in quotes from renderers
. Rather than choose the cheapest quote, take a careful look at what's included in each quote:
- Is the quote for one or two coats of render? Two coats are usually required for a good finish.
- Is a waterproofing agent included in the price?
- Is arris beading included in one quote, but not another? Arris beading isn't needed for every job, but ask about it. Paying the extra $15-$20 per metre is worth the expense.
Renderers also often specialise in different styles. They should include photographs or brochures with their quotes to enable you to see the results they've achieved in the past.
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.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.