If you looking for ways to refresh and update your home - house rendering can be a great way to redecorate the exterior of your property. Rendering can provide your property with a high quality, aesthetically pleasing and very durable finish. Cement rendering can also be a good way to finish your home following the building of a new extension, conservatory or a built-in garage.
Certainly, house rendering is becoming a very popular DIY task - and something that many of us are keen to get done. Perhaps this is no surprise - rendering is an affordable and easy way to apply an attractive finish to your exterior walls. Rendering can also be done in a number of ways - from smooth and simple finishes to much more elaborate styles, there are a number of different variations to traditional cement rendering.
House rendering is by no means a new invention - in fact, rendering has been around for literally hundreds of years. Interestingly, the techniques used for rendering have not changed much either - basic cement rendering is still 6 parts sharp sand, 1 part cement and 1 part lime - the original mix. As these basic ingredients are fairly easy and cheap to purchase, virtually anyone can take on a rendering project with a little knowledge and training.
Certainly, a number of tools and techniques are used in cement rendering - after all, it is a skill to the learned, as with any other DIY task. In recent times, however, a selection of pre-mixed acrylic render packs have arrived on the market - making the process of rendering much easier. Many professionals will tell you that the most frustrating part of rendering is the drying time. It can take up to a month for traditional rendering to dry (especially given the variable weather in the UK). However, the new acrylic counterpart can take as little as 2 days to dry, making it a quick and viable option.
Acrylic rendering also offers a number of other benefits i.e. it allows for the creation of a large number of different patterns, textures and colours. Using acrylic render, you can even apply a variety of stone effects such as sandstone and marble to your walls. For this reason, sales of acrylic render seem to be increasing year-on-year.
So, whether you use traditional cement rendering or acrylic rendering, you can easily update the exterior of your house on a budget. It is important to allow yourself enough time to get the job completed, and for this reason, it may not be an ideal job to finish in a couple of hours, but done correctly it can make your outside walls look great.