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House Renders | House Rendering Hartlepool: Treating Your Home To A Makeover

Looking to render your home in Hartlepool?

It's difficult to put a figure on it, but it's thought that on average we spend about £8 billion a year decorating our homes in the UK. Most of this will be spent on the interior, on things like painting and decorating, which is understandable as this is the part where we spend the most time and are always looking at. We want it to look bright, clean and beautiful.

However, a lot of us neglect the outside of our houses in Hartlepool. In older homes especially, brick and masonry walls can look tired and drab. However lovely our homes may look on the inside, the outside can appear old, dirty and unappealing. And while this might not bother a lot of people, there's something about having a stunning exterior that fills us with pride and can make us fall in love with our homes all over again.

One excellent way of sprucing up the outside of our houses in is by applying a coat of rendering to your external walls in Hartlepool. And the benefits of doing so go way beyond just looking great. Rendering your home can improve energy efficiency and protect the walls against damage from the elements and just like cavity wall insulation can preserve heat.

As much as 30% of the energy produced to keep your house warm is lost through the walls. With the right types of render, you can reduce this significantly, saving you money in the long run. Modern renders can be combined with your external wall insulation systems (often with the addition of supporting meshes).

In addition to this, it adds value to your Hartlepool home without having to spend a fortune. This is a great option if you are considering selling your home as it instantly improves 'kerb appeal', giving your home the edge when it comes to potential buyers who look for things like recently plastered walls.

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What Types Of Render Are There?

Traditional renders & cladding materials were a mixture of lime, water and sand used to make a breathable, flexible covering for rendered walls, external walls. Lime renders are still used today, but mostly for period properties.

These days, modern renders are broadly split into three categories: mineral, silicone renders, and acrylic renders. However, there are other, newer ones becoming more popular that come in a variety of colours.

Let's take a closer look:

  • Acrylic Render – often used as a 'finishing' coat for other renders, this type can contain aggregates (small particles to add texture) and polymers. It is usually pre-made and is available in an almost unlimited range of colours. Although it is durable, it isn't as waterproof as some other renders and has a tendency to attract algae.
  • Mineral Render – one of the more popular types (also known as cement render) due to its durability and strength, providing extra support to the building structure. It can be sealed or painted, creating a barrier that stops water and moisture from penetrating the external walls.
  • Silicone Render – similar to acrylic, but with the added bonus of being waterproof. It is also available in different colours, is self-cleaning, and can be made with alkaline content to stop algae growth. It requires minimum maintenance and lasts for many years.
  • Lime Render – flexible and breathable, full of character and history. Using this method is a specialist job due to the difficulties of working with the materials. It can be an expensive choice due to this fact.
  • Monocouche Rendermeaning 'single layer', this is great for adding rustic decoration and providing your walls with protection from the elements. It doesn't need a base coat although other coloured renders (lime or acrylic) can be applied over the top.
  • Polymer Render – this is fairly new to the market and is excellent for brick or wood homes. It uses a silicone water repellent that stops liquid water from passing through the exterior solid walls but allows water vapour in, which lets the substrate 'breathe'.
  • Coloured Rendering – modern renders have the unique feature of being available with added colour allowing for a more personal touch for your home. Also known as a through-coloured render, removes the need for a top coat of paint.
  • Tyrolean Render – named after the Alpine regions of Austria, Tyrolean render has a weathered, textured appearance that is a fantastic option to hide old and battered wall surfaces.
  • Wet Dash Render – also known as roughcast rendering, Wet Dash rendering has been in use for hundreds of years and is a popular choice for homes in rural areas for it's weather resistant properties.
  • Pebble Dash – another roughcast render, Pebble dash is a popular choice due to its low-maintenance properties, and it's extremely durable nature. This render came to prominence after the first world war thanks to these properties.
  • Sand & Cement Render – used throughout history on Roman homes and temples all the way to picturesque English villages, this render has stood the test of time and is popular choice with modern contemporary homes.

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Will It Be Expensive?

The total cost will depend on a lot of different factors like material cost for example and m² of walls. On average, you should expect to budget for at least £2,000 up to £8,000 or more. Obviously, the size of the property is one of the main factors. A small bungalow will cost a lot less than a 4-bedroom detached house due to the extra materials and labour costs.

The materials and the type of render used will also affect the cost. You may be tempted to go down a DIY route, as will be addressed below, to save on costs, but this might not be the best idea. You might also be swayed by companies that offer the cheapest prices. Tempting as it is (we all love to save money!), this can be a mistake. The old saying "You get what you pay for" is very appropriate here. A poorly executed render will probably need sorting out when it becomes 'blown', and patches start to bulge or fall off.

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Can I Do It Myself?

By all means, you can. As to whether you should, well, that's another matter entirely! If you get it wrong it could cost you more to have it fixed and is it going to be quality workmanship? Although it's a fairly straightforward job to slap the stuff on, the skill lies in achieving an acceptable finish on all surfaces. A professional renderer will be skilled enough (and have the patience) to get it looking perfect. If you're selling your home, this would be the better option as it creates a better impression. And if you just want your house to look fantastic, enjoying the other advantages that the new render will bring, then you won't be happy with anything other than perfection.

Added to this is the task of levelling out any imperfections in the brickwork or applying scratch coats. It may be necessary to use a mesh membrane or backing boards as a substrate on which to apply the render. Unless you are competent or experienced in this job it's best to leave it to the experts.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

With regards to building regulations planning permission isn't usually required, but there are exceptions:

  • If you live in a National Park or other conservation area
  • If your property is a Listed Building
  • Permitted Development Rights have been removed for your building
  • You are planning to use materials that don't match the construction of your home

This last item on the list is the most likely to cause you any problems, but even this is rare.

So, the first step in transforming your home is to get in touch with Render Hero to set you on the path to having a good quality render applied. It will make a world of difference, whether you are looking to sell your home, or simply want it to look beautiful for the foreseeable future.

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How long will my rendering last?

If the wall was properly cleaned before the render was applied then it has the best chance of avoiding any cracking. The more common type of sand and cement render is more prone to shrinking and cracking but this still lasts many years (8-15).

Is rendering my house a valuable investment?

Yes having your house rendered will certainly increase your houses value but more importantly if you are thinking of selling it has a much better look and gives older shabby houses a complete new build look of a face lift.

Does rendering prevent damp?

Yes especially silicone rendering & wet dash rendering which have waterproof properties that stop water from penetrating the render and brickwork.

What is the difference between plastering and rendering?

The difference quite literally is only the fact that plastering is done on internal walls and rendering is done on external walls. There are some slight differences in the materials used and a broader range of rendering types but none the less it is the same skill set.

Will rendering make my walls stronger?

Indeed it does as it acts as a binder to the older more crumbly brickwork and mortar. It also increases the thermal efficiency of your home reducing energy bills.

Rendering Services Near me

Yes of course, you just need to fill out our form and one of our rendering specialists near you will be in touch with you for a free survey, help or advice.

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