Pros and Cons of Different Render Types

Are you planning to render the exterior of your home? If so, then you should know that the choice of options can be bewildering the overwhelming. House renders can come a long way since the traditional sand and cement (pebbledash).


Rendering BrisbaneThanks to new techniques and technologies, you can now choose from a wide range of render finishes. However, keep in mind that each type of render has an advantage and disadvantage. That’s why to help you choose their ideal render for your home, we’ve listed the most common kind of renders and their pros and cons.


Lime Render

Lime renders are traditionally applied to walls that are built out of low-quality rubble or stone, or where walls are exposed to rain and strong winds. While it doesn’t create a barrier for moisture, lime renders do act like a sponge and absorbs the water, preventing it from passing through the wall by sucking it up instead. The moisture will then evaporate from the lime render into the air outside once the rain dries up. Also, lime renders absorb carbon dioxide, making it an eco-friendly product.


Sand and Cement

The most significant advantage of sand and cement render is its extreme strength and durability. It’s even stronger than the lime render. However, cement renders are not suitable for older buildings because any movement can immediately cause cracking in the render. That also makes it less ideal for wooden surfaces. You can mix additives in the cement to increase its durability and flexibility. However, since this type of render is so hard, it will always be prone to cracks.



Acrylic Rendering

The acrylic render is considered as the most durable type of render since it can either be applied as a traditional render or as a coating to an existing render. If you apply it over cement render, you can expect that it will also develop cracks over time. The reason is that acrylic, when used as a coat for other renders, will embody the properties of that render. That means it adapts to the same characteristics of the main render.


So there you have it – three of the most common types of renders and their pros and cons. For more articles related to house rendering, visit our blog page today. You can also get expert advice from our professional rendering experts.