Give Your House a Facelift with Rendering
If you’ve been living in your house for a while, you may have found yourself growing a little numb to its appearance. Constant upkeep of external spaces like the garden can seem futile if the home itself is looking a bit bedraggled – but there’s a perfect way to give the outside of your house the facelift it may well deserve, which could not only improve your home’s value but also your relationship with it: rendering.
What are the Advantages of Rendering?
Rendering is a centuries-old process, once necessary to weather-proof constructions and exhaustively plug cracks and holes. Modern-day construction practices have largely eliminated these concerns, but render endures in a somewhat altered form. Despite no longer being a necessary layer to protect the home, rendering is still valuable on account of the additional weatherproofing it can provide, protecting your external brickwork and potentially saving you money in re-pointing or brick replacement work.
The visual effect a good rendering job can have on your home is not to be understated, though – coating your home in render with a colour of your choosing can bring it into the present day, match parts of the house that were built at different times and imbue you once again with a sense of pride in your house.
The Different Types of Rendering
There are several different kinds of render you can apply to the exterior of your property, each of which confer different benefits in terms of cost or utility. The render base is made up of a kind of mortar, which can either be made using a sand-cement mix or a lime-sand mix – the former being more expensive, but also more long-lasting than its cement counterpart. These bases are then mixed with an additional material to form the render mix – though, thankfully for the DIY-focused among you, there are pre-mixed mineral renders available on the market.
One of the most visibly recognisable types of render is the pebble-dash render, which incorporates gravel and pea-shingle to produce a conglomerate-style end product. Other common kinds of render are acrylic or silicone; for the former, acrylic resin is added to the mortar base to create a weather-resistant end-product, while the latter produces a weather-resistant and breathable end-product but for a higher overall cost.
DIY or Contractor?
The age-old question when it comes to any major household work is whether or not to call in professional help to get it done. In this case, it is ultimately up to you – but doing it yourself can save a significant amount of money. The process is a relatively time-consuming one, but also exceedingly simple, and the results will absolutely speak for themselves.