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Rendering is a layer of hard-wearing cover applied to external walls to protect a building from the extremes of weather. Rendering is a technique with a long history and many different types of materials have been used over the centuries to cover houses. These days mud and dung are not so popular thankfully, but people still use wood and lime along with the modern plaster renders. Plaster renders today are tough and durable, and give a smooth modern finish that lasts for many years before needing to be renewed.
Rendering your building has the effect of also making your home far more energy efficient. It's believed that around thirty per cent of heat is lost through normal external walls, but this is vastly reduced by adding a layer of render to the outside. Thus good rendering will help to save both the planet and the money in your pocket.
It's important to be clear what modern rendering is. The word itself often conjures up images of the drab grey pebble-dash of the 1950s – 1970s, but that's a world away from the products that are available on the market today. Modern renders give a sleek sharp look to a building in a range of eye-catching and conteporary styles. The addition of silicone and acrylic to traditional plaster renders allow for greater durability, flexibility and usually a maintenance-free lifespan. Smooth or textured surfaces can be either painted to suit, or injected with a colour of your choice prior to application.
The newly rendered house of today looks elegant with sharp impressive lines highlighted in attractive modern colours and shades. Modern rendering materials will not only protect your building from potential damage due to wind and rain, but it will also save you money on your heating bills as well as transforming the look of your property. A good render will add value to your home and increases both its prestige and saleability.
Whatever the style of your property and whatever your budget, there are a wide range of render options to choose from. Whether you're after smooth or textured, traditional or modern, there is a render to suit your needs.
A Handy Guide to Render
Cement render has been used more than any other form of render in the last one hundred years.It's a good cheap and hard-wearing option, but it does require regular painting to keep it looking at its best. Cement renders are usually mixed on site and often require several coats of varying coarseness to apply. It is an extremely durable form of render but can be brittle and subject to cracking should there be any settlement or movement of the underlying building.
Lime Render has been protecting the traditional houses of Britain for centuries, and has seen a revival in popularity of late as its usefulness and practicality are being rediscovered by a new generation of eco-conscious consumers.
It is generally a far superior product to cement-based renders despite the fact it requires more skill in it's application and which is therefore reflected in its costs. Unlike cement-based renders it is a natural product and, like lime plaster, has the ability to let moisture pass through it allowing the building underneath to breath. The helps prevent damp and mould from accumulating inside making it a popular choice for many renobation projects and conservation work. The application of concrete renders on older houses have caused a great deal of damage in the last few decades, and it is only recently that this has become fully appreciated. The non-permeable render traps moisture in walls and fittings causing significant damp problems and occaionally even structural damage.
Lime render has the added advantage of being incredibly flexible, so should the building move or settle in any way, it will bend and stretch with the structure. Unlike concrete renders it will not crack but instead extends and contracts with the natural shift in the building structure. Lime also has natural fungicide properties and will help prevent the growth of mould on exterior walls, thus keeping your building looking clean and well-maintained. Alongside all this, the beautiful natural finish of lime render will enhance the appearance of both modern houses as well as period ones. Unlike modern renders it requires reapplication every four to five years, but is otherwise maintenance free.
In the last decade, some companies have introduced high-tech lime render products intended to be easier to use but still retaining all the advantages of this traditional product. The addition of silicones into products such as K-Lime, brings this age-old rendering material into the modern period.
These renders are an innovative new product that is growing in popularity over traditional cement renders. Unlike cement renders they are extremely elastic and flexible and will not crack due to movement or settling underneath. They are also highly durable and largely maintenance free over a long period of time.
Polymer products are usually premixed and can be pre-coloured and through-coloured so that no further painting is required once they have been applied. They come in a wide range of contemporary shades and textures that suit any modern home or commercial building.
As they are silicone based, most polymer renders will still allow your house to breathe so there is no risk of damp or trapped moisture. Several of these products are even self-cleaning which is ideal for those buildings where there is lots of vegetation and the risk of organic overgrowth.
This type of renders have a plastic acrylic added to them allowing the render to be stronger and more flexible than the traditional cement based renders. They are easier to apply usually requiring only a thin coat which is formed of fine acrylic hairs lying in alternate directions creating a highly flexible mat coating. This elasticity prevents them from cracking if the building moves or settles.
They can be applied to a range of differing surfaces including already painted walls, concrete and timber, as well as brick. They are produced in a wide variety of different finishes and textures allowing for a range of contemporary looks. They don't degrade in UV light, and are incredibly tough against the elements.
Acrylic renders have the ability to form an absolutely impenetrable barrier to water yet still allow the building underneath to breathe. They are also resistant to mould and bacteria. and are extremely fast drying allowing painting to begin just a few days after application.
K-Rend are a British company who have done a great deal to popularise the use of silicone in modern renders. They are probably the most popular rendering products available on the market in the UK at the present time. Silicone is both highly water repellant and self-cleaning, and is therefore largely maintenance free.
K-Rend manufacture a number of different products, for every kind of property. They come in a range of colours and finishes, and are extremely durable and hard-wearing.
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