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What to consider when choosing the right rendering solution for you

Struggling to decide which rendering solution to choose?

All rendering systems have different variables and benefits including price, upkeep and environmental benefits.

Bwp Plastering services Ltd have put together a guide outlining the different types of render for domestic and commercial projects. We have looked at the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you to choose the most suitable option for your requirements.

Sand & cement render

Sand and cement is a traditional method of rendering that provides a smooth finish.

Advantages:

Usually the cheapest option, sand and cement is cost efficient due to the materials required. It can also be patched if needed as some renders cannot. Different effects can be created such as pebbledash and Tyrolean.

Disadvantages:

Sand and cement is not necessarily the most durable option and there will be an additional cost in paint throughout its lifetime.

Suitable for:

Traditional properties and small extensions

What to consider when choosing the right rendering solution for you

Silicone based rendering systems

Silicone rendering systems are a through coloured flat, water resistant rendering system.

Advantages:

Silicone based rendering systems add UV properties to a building. There is no need for painting, and they provide a smooth, easy to clean surface.  Silicone based systems come in a range of colours and can be applied on an array of surfaces. As silicone-based systems are waterproof, this render type can withstand UV rays and other environmental damage.

Disadvantages:

This is a more expensive option due to product cost. It also involves 4 different stages which mean it is labour intense and therefore not the quickest option. Silicone based systems only come in one smooth finish.

Suitable for:

New buildings, residential projects, commercial and recreational facilities and block work.

Monocouche render

Monocouche render is a one coat through coloured system, providing an array of finishes.

Advantages:

As monocouche is a one coat system, it is quicker to apply than many other systems. This system is available in a variety of colours, again, saving on additional paint costs and can adapt to both modern and traditional style properties. It adheres to most surfaces so is suitable for a variety of projects.

Disadvantages:

Although monocouche systems are weather resistant, they have less water-resistant properties than silicone-based products. Monocouche also absorbs dirt and grime more easily so requires more maintenance. This system cannot be patched.

Suitable for:

Most traditional masonry brick, block work and concrete

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EWI Rendering System

EWI is a thermal insulated, protective and decorative exterior.

Advantages:

EWI rendering systems provide a significant upgrade in UV value, which means the property will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This system also means there is a significant difference to central heating costs. There is no paint required as it can be finished with an array of different rendering solutions such as monocouche or silicone-based products. This system can be an alternative solution to internal thermal boarding which saves on floor space. The system upgrades acoustic and fire-resistant properties and reduces carbon footprint.

Disadvantages:

EWI is the most expensive system in terms of the initial cost and is a more specialised service. It may have an adverse effect on the aesthetics of the building.

Suitable for:

All types of building

Need more help?

For more information on our rendering services click here or call us on 0114 2016 002

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Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright is the director of BWP Plastering Services Ltd. After working as a plasterer since the age of 19 alongside his father, Benjamin saw an opportunity to provide a bespoke service that catered to the individual needs of clients. Benjamin founded BWP Plastering Services Ltd to offer the construction industry a plastering company that provides clients with a time efficient service at a fair price without compromising on quality.
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