Cement rendering adds instant appeal to your property, transforming worn out and weak walls into fresh, visually appealing exteriors that will last. Because let’s face it, nothing screams Haunted House like peeling paint and decrepit walls.
As residents of Australia… the golden country with endless summers, spectacular storms and the heaviest of rains… it is to be expected that over time homes will naturally degrade. So don’t feel like we are slapping your wrists, paint is just not as sturdy as cement rendering! This is where the team at Rapid Rendering can help, by applying a fresh cement render to protect against the elements and improve your home’s look.
When you think about it, the front of your home is the first thing people notice and first impressions matter! So whether you are keeping up with the joneses, trying to impress the inlaws or preparing your home for the market, house rendering can help your home look its best.
What is cement rendering?
Cement rendering… what exactly is that? Is usually the first phrase to come out of most clients mouths when we suggest cement rendering to add to their homes exterior attractiveness.
We will forgive you if you do not have the first idea of how cement rendering can improve your home. As it has it, at Rapid Rendering we are experts on rendering and thought we had better provide our readers with the low down. We will try and keep the rendering jargon to a minimum… promise.
Cement rendering is combined of cement, sand, water and lime or clay. It is best applied to any rough surfaces surrounding your home like concrete blocks, stone or brick and even painted walls (but ONLY trust an expert to try this). The point of this is to create a smooth finish on the once rough surface to provide an aesthetically attractive outcome. This can significantly change the look of your home, taking it from ‘eh’ to ‘WOW.’
Why cement render?
Contrary to paint, render is hella strong as it is formed by cement. And we all know how much you trouble you would have smashing through a cement wall (where’s Miley when you need her?). Due to the thickness of render, it applies perfectly over brick to smoothen the surface.
Major Benefits of Cement Rendering
- Adds 20 years to your walls lifespan
- Increases property value
- Provides better protection from the elements
- Transforms your homes aesthetic
- Provides better insulation for your home (saving costs on utility bills)
- Cement rendering is more affordable than other rendering options
- You can add pigmented colours to your render
- Restores an ageing home
Cement Rendering Indoors
You also have the option of adding a little flare with textured render. For example, your home’s interior can curate a classic, contemporary or distressed vibe all through adding texture to your rendered feature wall!
Cement Rendering Outdoors
As previously mentioned, render adds masses of appeal to your home’s front design. However it also works brilliantly in your outdoor area. Say you have a brick fence that is looking like it has seen better days, our team can render the brick adding years to its life. It’s just like your Aunt’s new facelift, groundbreaking.
Cement Rendering Colour Options
Typically, greys and whites are a popular option for cement rendering. However, if you prefer a little more spice in your life (like us at Rapid Rendering) then consider asking your renderer to add some pigmented colours to your mix! It can make all the difference in design and vibe.
Added Curb Appeal
Seriously though, rendering can MASSIVELY improve your home’s (or commercial space) attractiveness. Much like how we try and smooth out the bumps and lumps on our faces, rendering can revitalise your home’s exterior to make it look 10 years younger and fresh off the block. One of our biggest sectors is homes with exposed brick, often choosing a rendered finish to change the colour of their building or simply bring it back to the 21st century.
You can change your exterior colour without painting
What – you can do that?! Yes, yes you can. With a little help from our team of experts at Rapid Rendering you can not only update your exterior’s texture but also change the colour! This is made possible by adding different pigments to the rendering mixture to create both natural colours and more vibrant pigmented colours!
Because, we live in AUSTRALIA and weather protection is absolutely essential for home owners that want their home to remain attractive. Let’s face it, with all this climate change your home should be able to endure harsh UV rays, extreme winds, heavy rain and maybe even snow?! While we can’t make any promises about what the weather has in store, we can promise that a rendered home will be able to stand it!
It is a financially smart move
Rendering is a financially smart move, for a number of reasons too. Firstly, it will actually increase your home’s value! It also reduces the need for maintenance, deducting any long-term maintenance costs from your budget, cha-ching. You will SAVE on your energy bill (we know, we have got to cut down on the dirty talk), as rendering promotes better insulation within your property helping retain cool or hot air!
Types of rendering
With more than a few rendering options available, your best bet is to ask a professional to assess your situation and recommend the best suited rendering for you. There are three main types of rendering, most commonly used…
Cement rendering products are best suited to rough surfaces like concrete, brick or stone blocks. A renderer will combine cement, water, lime/clay and sand together and apply this to your property. The end result will be a smooth finish in place of your once coarse surface.
Sorry ladies, not quite the same as what you put on your nails, acrylic rendering uses a form of plastic that adds more flexibility to the render. This makes it perfect for both internal and external jobs, providing a reliable and long-lasting finish for your property!
Polymer rendering is perfect for any wet spaces, like your laundry or bathroom as it is extremely waterproof! This type of rendering bonds more effectively to appropriate surfaces, reducing wear and tear on your building.
How much does cement rendering cost?
We would be inept to disregard the bottom line; what cement rendering is going to cost you. Well, as we touched on, rendering will add significant value to your property’s worth. Bearing this in mind, if you are looking to rejuvenate the whole property with render, you are looking at $12,000 to $20,000. However, if you have a few specific areas of the home you would like to render, expect to pay between $50 to $80 per square metre.
As an added bonus, cement rendering tends to be more affordable than other rendering options. Fitting into the tightest of home improvement budgets. Acrylic render is typically more expensive as it is better suited for locations with rapid climate change throughout the year. If you would like to compare the different kinds of render available you can do so here.
Can I cement render myself?
You can. But we would not encourage it! Rendering is like a fine art that is best left to those who are experienced and trained in it. Hiring a professional rendering company, like Rapid Rendering, not only guarantees the highest quality work but saves you from getting your fingers stuck in cement! Jokes aside though, if you are a DIY king or queen then check out our complete guide on rendering a wall.
All in all, at Rapid Rendering we are extremely passionate about the amazing transformation cement rendering can have on your home. We have seen countless properties go from ‘eh’ to ‘WOW’ from a simple rendering job. So if you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in contact today!
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