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Cost Of Rendering A Brick House: The Essential GuideBy admin
Thursday, 19 September 2019
There are many reasons why you might want to render over the current brickwork on your house. It could be that you want a fresh and clean look to your home, and to improve its kerb appeal and its value over time.
You might also want to protect the current brickwork from damage, and to prevent water getting in, and causing damp issues inside your home. You may also want an additional layer of protection around your home to offer extra insulation that will lower your energy bills, and keep you warmer as well.
As you can imagine, rendering a brick house can be costly – so what if it was possible to get all the above benefits with a simple paint job? Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually easily achievable, as the following article reveals…
What Is Render, And How Is It Applied?
There are a number of different types of render. You can choose a cement option, a breathable polymer modified render, or a resin render that works for homes with solid walls. It can come as a coloured mix, or it can be painted after it has been applied.
The render is usually applied to the exterior walls by hand, and is trowelled into place. Render will usually be applied in layers, firstly with a trowel, and then with a roller to achieve a final coat that offers a superbly smooth finish (or sometimes textured, if you prefer).
You can have render applied with additional insulation, or you can have it applied as a stand-alone product. This is a good idea if your home is solid walled, and there is no room to add wall cavity insulation. In some cases, this is made mandatory under building regulations.
A new render job will always start with the contractor checking the walls for defects or damage, and repairing each issue in turn. External details, such as soil pipes and alarm boxes, will have to be removed, and in some cases, sills extended, and vents replaced.
Metal corner stops are added to give a clean edge to the render. If insulation is added this is fixed to the walls as rigid boards. Following this a mesh is applied to the walls and thin coats of render are built up.
The final coat is a thin coat in the colour of your choice. Finally, the external features, such as pipes and boxes are repositioned, and the work is officially complete.
Rendering an average UK home can take as long as 2-4 weeks. The render may also take several weeks to dry out completely.
Render will simply cover over any damaged bricks on your wall. If you have damaged walls, it is essential that you have these repaired. Covering them can be very tempting, but, ultimately, the issues still remain
Cost Of Rendering A House: 4 Key Things To Consider
If you choose to have your home rendered, there are a number of considerations to bear in mind. In the following 4 cases, rendering may not be the best choice for your home:
● If you are rendering an older home, make sure the chosen colours and textured finishes are in keeping with the age of the home, and those around it.
● Talk to a real estate agent to make sure that the work you are doing is actually going to improve the value of your home by more than the cost. In some cases, a cheaper paint finish might be a better option.
● If you can improve insulation while you are doing this job, you should take the opportunity.
● Render will simply cover over any damaged bricks on your wall. If you have damaged walls, it is essential that you have these repaired. Covering them can be very tempting, but, ultimately, the issues still remain.
When looking for a quote, speak to at least three companies, and always do your homework on the contractor to ensure you can trust them, and they have good reviews!
Cost Of Rendering A House: 4 Main Pricing Factors At Play
For a standard cement render that is then followed by two coats of basic masonry paint, you can expect to pay between £28 and £34 per metre squared. This means that a typical three bed semi detached house will cost around £2,500 in total.
If you choose to have insulation added to the walls during the rendering process, you can expect this cost to double.
These prices do not include scaffolding. You should always check with your contractor what is included in the quote before you accept as there may be extras you were not expecting. Prices may be affected by the following 4 factors:
● Where in the UK you are based – there are regional variations often due to the weather in different areas, and the level of local competition.
● The size of the contractor you decide on. Larger companies will have more overheads, and may charge you more as a result.
● The accessibility of your home will influence the price. If it is a bungalow, it may be cheaper than a town house. Equally, if there is no access to the garden except through the house, it could influence the final price.
● The type of finish you go for will add to the cost – such as a pebble dash, or textured finish.
When looking for a quote, speak to at least three companies, and always do your homework on the contractor to ensure you can trust them, and they have good reviews.
If you were looking to render your home because you wanted to improve how it looks, you might want to choose a hydrophobic paint that comes in a colour of your choice. These specialised coatings require two coats, and will give your home a fresh new look that is also protective
Protecting Exterior Walls: Additional Tips And Tricks
If a huge job like rendering feels like it might be too much for your home, or you want to maintain the look of your brick finish, you might prefer to use another type of protection for your exterior walls. Something like a masonry creme would be ideal.
These coatings are painting directly onto the brick, and are designed to sink around 17mm into the surface. This offers a waterproof coating, that will protect your external walls from water.
However, these newer products are also designed to enable your building to breathe, and will allow dampness already within the walls to dry out; something that a previous generation of waterproofing products were unable to do.
If you were looking to render your home because you wanted to improve how it looks, you might want to choose a hydrophobic paint that comes in a colour of your choice. These specialised coatings require two coats, and will give your home a fresh new look that is also protective.
Finally, both of these products provide an effective layer of insulation, that can save you on the cost of a separate insulation layer that might come with your render.
These coatings prevent damp getting into the walls, and making its way into your home, thus affecting the heat in your home and increasing the amount of energy needed to heat it.
Choosing to render you home is a big decision, and may permanently affect the look of your home. It will effectively hide damage to bricks, but the costs are high compared to other options such as painting.
It may also make it hard for your home to dry out if the bricks are already affected by damp.
You might wish to choose one of the coatings mentioned above and get the same benefits, for a fraction of the cost. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get started with your property protection project today!
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