Rendering is an easy way to update a home and hide surface imperfections. Render can be applied on both new and existing homes and is great for creating a modern look that is low maintenance.
If you are opting for coloured render, the professional should make a sample and allow it to fully dry before commencing the rendering job. This will ensure that the render is the correct colour. If grey cement is being used, more colour will be required than if using white cement. Render can provide a variety of decorative effects depending on the finishing techniques used but this is a tricky process and should be done by a qualified professional.
Acrylic render can be trowelled on or rolled on depending on the specific product being used. It is a paint like texture but even so, should be applied by professionals to ensure that the result is neat.
Solid, or wet, plastering simply means that the professional applies the plaster to the surface while it is still wet and it hardens as it dries. In this way, plaster is very similar to other renders. Plaster can be finished in a range of textures and colours and should be applied by a professional, as application can get quite complicated.
The main problem with rendering is getting the render to adhere to the surface. To make this easier, the surface can be roughened (especially if it is smooth – like concrete) or a preparation such as Bond Crete may be applied to the wall and added to the render. The render should suit the surface which it is being applied to and be applied in the correct thickness. Most renders take two or three coats but this is dependent on the surface being rendered, and which render you are opting to use.
Rendering is typically quoted on a per square metre basis, though you will likely get a total cost figure for your job. Prices can range from $15 to $50 per square metre, depending on the type of render used and the specifics of the job. Bear in mind that to get the best finish you generally require two coats of render as well as a waterproofing sealer for exterior surfaces.
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