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Does your home need Tyrolean render?

The exterior wall surfaces of our homes take a real battering from the elements over the years. Frost, snow, ice, rain, sun, and wind all take a toll, leaving the brick or masonry cracked and dull, and sometimes covered with algae and mould.

Rendering is undoubtedly one of the best ways to combat this. With a coat of render, Render Hero can improve the outside of your home dramatically, giving it a beautiful, bright, fresh look. And it isn't just for older buildings either, as there are modern renders that are suitable for new buildings as well as older ones, including period properties.

Rendering your home increases its kerb appeal, adds value, protects the building from the weather, and improves the insulation.

However, there are many different types of render to choose from, and it is important that you select the right one for your improvement project. They can also be given a wide range of finishes and, thanks to recent improvements, are available in a whole array of colours.

One type of render that has proved popular is known as Tyrolean render, named for the Alpine regions of Austria, where similar finishes can be seen on many of the local houses.

If you were wondering what Tyrolean render was and whether it might be right for your project, we've put together a guide that will answer your questions.

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What Is Rendering?

First things first, just so we're clear, rendering is a way of covering internal or external walls with a special type of plaster or cement mix. Generally, and especially in the case of external walls, the render is applied in several layers, with the last coat referred to as the finish. This is the decorative layer that will provide the beautiful look that you want.

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What Is Tyrolean Render?

Some people might refer to a 'Tyrolean finish', meaning that the end result will have a weathered, heavily textured look, similar to pebbledash. You will also find that others might talk about Tyrolean render or Tyrolean mixture as a specific type of render mix.

It is also called Alpine render and is widely used in the UK for both residential and commercial buildings to add style and flair.

The difference between this and traditional renders is that this cement-based has silicone added to the mix to make it waterproof. It is particularly suitable for humid environments or where there's water nearby. This includes rural, coastal and even some suburban areas.

The polymer cement mixture is excellent for preventing cracks in your walls, and for creating a water-resistant, weather-proof barrier. It also makes it easier to fill in any dips and imperfections in the substrate (wall surface) that it's applied to.

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How Do You Make A Tyrolean Finish?

Before you begin, if you are rendering an old wall it will need to be checked over to see if any repairs or preparation are needed. Any cracks have to be repaired using a suitable filler and the wall surface should be clean and free from loose materials. For new walls, an undercoat followed by several intermediate layers will have to be applied. These will provide an even surface for the final coats and help the finishing coat to adhere.

A base coat, or scratch coat, should then be applied with a trowel, after which it should be scored lightly with a scratch comb. This provides a better surface for the finishing coat to stick to.

The first layer of the finishing coat can be applied by trowel, after which the final coats (between four and six) are usually applied using a Tyrolean flicker gun or Tyrolean render machine.

This handy piece of equipment allows you to spray the render onto the walls, but there is a knack to it, especially if you are using the manually-operated version!

The wet mixture is added to a reservoir in the gun, then the machine is cranked by hand. This turns a spindle that flicks the mixture onto the walls by means of a series of stiff wires inside the reservoir.

It can be very tiring, and you'll need to hold the machine at a consistent distance from the wall and maintain the same angle throughout if you want to achieve a regular finish. To save you from fatigue, electric versions or open-hopper spraying machines are available.

This task requires a lot of patience and concentration, as you need to apply the mixture evenly and at the right speed, maintaining a wet edge throughout. If not, then you'll have a visible line that will spoil the render finish!

Why Choose A Tyrolean Render?

First, it's a great way of hiding ugly, old, or poor quality wall surfaces, whether they're brick, stone or concrete block work walls, although some substrates will require a galvanized mesh or fabric mesh to be used. Once the render is in place it will transform the outside of your home and give it a bright new look.

Also, although you can keep the mixture in its original grey 'cement colour', you can choose from an amazing range of coloured Tyrolean renders, which will dramatically improve the appearance of your home. These colours are added in the form of a dye that is in the water that is mixed in with the dry powder. Because the colour is already added, there is no need to paint the wall once the job is finished.

Tyrolean renders are considered a superior solution when applied correctly. They provide many years of protection from the worst effects of snow, ice, and rain. They great for weather-proofing exterior walls while remaining vapour-permeable, allowing moisture in the walls to evaporate. And they add to the insulating properties of your home, making it more energy-efficient.

The trick is to get it right the first time! This is why it's always best to employ the services of a professional plastering contractor like Render Hero, as this is an investment in the future of your home.

A coat of Tyrolean render might just be the best and most cost-effective way of transforming your home.

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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.
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