Making a choice between render or brick for your property is an age-old comparison. Many people like the old, rustic look of bricks, but many others prefer the modern, sleek look of cement rendering in Brisbane. The one similarity between these applications is that they both hold timeless appeal, but render is still the undeniable choice for low-maintenance and affordable applications over the years. Whether you’re considering a brand-new construction project or planning an extension, both render and brick offers proper protection for a home from the elements with equally strong fire resistance, sound insulation, and pest protection. This is a guide with a couple of pros and cons for both options, but the choice is ultimately up to you.
Benefits and disadvantages of render
House rendering is the application of the rendering formula to your property. The main benefit is that it creates a smoother and more attractive appearance on your walls previously coarse surface. This is also the case when it comes to brick walls. Rendering the exterior walls of your home with cement is also a brilliant way to protect your house from the weather and the often harsh Australian conditions.
Benefits of rendering over brick
Quality of workmanship
Cement rendering is known for standing the trial of time, and it has an incredible finish. Acrylic Rendering is much sturdier with regards to holding up to cracking walls and working against erosion. Acrylic rendering with the additional plastic acrylics makes it an incredible alternative when rendering your home.
There are many different reasons your residential or commercial building may not be looking its best. If the exterior of your building is looking outdated, it might be time to give it the update it deserves to appear more modern and attractive. This may be the case if your exterior walls are constructed with exposed brick, which is why many homeowners choose to render for outside walls. You also have total control over the texture created with rendering products, depending on your preference for a smoother or more textured finish. This finish is determined by how coarse the sand is, which has been mixed with the cement, water, and lime/clay.
Aside from wanting to update the actual texture and appearance of your existing surface, you may also utilise rendering to change the exterior colour of your house or project. There is a wide variety of rendering colours available, whether you desire a natural colour or pigmented appearance. These colours are created by using different pigments in the render mixture. Once you’re done with the rendering treatment, there’s a lot you can do to pump up the style value and, in some cases, all without even touching the walls. We have a couple of style tips for rendered walls that you can look at for some inspiration.
You may be surprised to discover how much it costs to render a house. It is much cheaper than brickwork and similarly efficient when installed professionally.
Added value to your house
The rendering looks so good that it is known to pump up the value of your property. This could apply when you rent out the house in the future or probably sell it. Potential buyers will love a protected and appealing home and will be willing to pay a reasonable amount in return.
Disadvantages of render
Maintenance and repair
Rendering is low maintenance because it only needs work every ten years or so, but it is still something that you have to keep up with. All render types are known to eventually develop hairline cracks, mainly when the underlying brickwork is old or was damp at the time of application. If it isn’t for the old brickwork, moisture build-up over time can penetrate the walls and blow out the render surface and expose patches of brick beneath. Render repairs also come at a cost but effectively bring the application back up to standard.
Benefits and disadvantages of brick for your exterior walls
Bricks are one of the oldest building materials for homes across the nation. The most common are burnt clay bricks used in external masonry walls to sand-lime bricks for hidden barriers. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of brick:
Benefits of brick
Modern style options
Bricks aren’t what they used to be anymore; they now come in a wide variety of colours, textures, and finishes.
Bricks are made from minerals that are naturally drawn from the earth. That means that bricks are a sustainable building material with a long life which, unlike rendered walls, are highly recyclable.
Disadvantages of brick
Bricks are expensive because they are one of the highest in-demand construction materials in the country. Not only do you need a considerable amount of money to install them in the first place, but repairs for brickwork have also been known to be very expensive, very complicated and can take very long.
Brickwork requires the extra toughness of double brick walls, but all masonry homes don’t exceptionally provide as much insulation as rendered walls. Clay bricks are not very large; therefore, they cannot sustain an effectively protected core structure. A core structure is what improves the insulation capacity. Render is also superior at offering a further strengthened thermal resistance property.
House rendering in Brisbane
Rapid rendering has been in the business of perfectly rendered houses in the Brisbane area for 15 years and counting. We’re proficient in all kinds of rendering, but we also specialize in house rendering because it is a unique skill. People’s homes are their prized possessions and should be treated as such. We commit ourselves to performing render applications that not only make your home look significantly better but also protect its structural integrity. No matter the size of your home or the vision for your new rendering project, we’re you’re guys! Get in touch with us today via 1300 590 526 and get the best rendering services in Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast and South Brisbane.