House Professionals


-- Channels --
General DIY
Home insulation
Do it yourself ideas
Interior Design
DIY Brickwork
DIY Central Heating
DIY Decorating
DIY Electrics
DIY Plumbing
Jargon Buster
Electrical maintenance
Floor laying
Ground work



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.





Site map | Privacy policy | Terms of Use

© 2002-2010