What is rendering and why has it become so popular?

 Rendering, when applied to the construction or renovation of buildings, refers to the application of cement to external brick or concrete walls in order to achieve a smooth or deliberately textured surface. It’s a similar process to plastering internal walls but instead, it’s done outside or externally.

Render has become an increasingly popular choice among both existing and prospective homeowners. It’s a great way to easily update the look of an old home or create a sleek and modern look for a new build.


So why should you render a property?

It looks great!

One of the main reasons for rendering a property is to improve the look. Adding a render could give your property a complete facelift. Back in the 70s, the process was often associated with pebbledash, but nowadays the standard is usually a white smooth render or you can choose from a wide range of colours.

How long will render last?

Render will last a long time – the design life is around 30 years.  In reality, it should last even longer. There are plenty of rendered properties around the UK that have not needed work for 50 years or more. It really is a long term investment on your property.

Coloured render

Render can be pretty much any colour you like – the pigment is just mixed in with the render. The advantage of doing this is that the colour is much more durable than simply painting the house. A painted wall will peel and lose colour over time, but coloured render will last much longer and provide a much better-looking finish.

Silicone render

Silicone or silicone silicate render is a top of the range system that has a number of fantastic advantages. It is the easiest system to apply, it is hydrophobic (which makes it a self-cleaning render), and it is the most flexible system on the market, making cracking over its lifetime less likely. It is highly durable and breathable as well, so there is very little to say against silicone render. The few drawbacks are that you cannot apply it in cold weather as it takes a while to dry in colder conditions. It is also more expensive than the other types of render – you get what you pay for, as they say.

Why choose silicone render?

> Water Repellent

> Low Maintenance

> Allows structure to breathe

> Natural looking finish

> Extensive colour range 

Can You Paint Over Silicone Render?

You may have had your Silicone Render for a good few years now and by this time it might need to be freshened up. A lot of people ask us how exactly they can make sure that their render stays fresher for longer, or indeed how they can maintain it a few years down the line. Gentle cleaning using a jet wash is perfect for every couple of years, but for those houses that are prone to becoming dirty, you may need to repaint.

With Aval Silicone Render, you’ll find that it requires cleaning and painting much less regularly than your bog-standard sand and cement, but although it’s self-cleaning, this doesn’t mean that it’s totally immune to dirt and grime. How well your render maintains a clean finish completely depends upon the property itself, i.e. if you live next to a very busy road you’ll find that the Silicone Render gets dirty much more quickly.

Because Silicone Render is a specialist, breathable render product, you may be wondering whether your standard masonry paint is suitable for applying on top.

You can use masonry paint on the Silicone Render, however, we always recommend that you ensure it is breathable. Manor Maintenance recommends Aval silicone paint which is ideal for application onto a Silicone Render. Because Silicone Render is breathable, putting a non-breathable paint on top would completely nullify its ability to allow water vapour to pass through its surface. 

The best part about the Aval Silicone Paint is that it comes as a standard white, but we can tint it to match your existing render. This way you’ll be updating the look of the whole property with its fresh new appearance. 

Fibreglass Mesh is an essential component of our render systems.

Fibreglass Mesh is a key component of what holds the system all together – without it, you’re seriously missing out on ensuring strength and stability.

Fibreglass Mesh and External Wall Insulation

Fibreglass Mesh sits within the basecoat layer of an AVAL system. This is the layer of adhesive mortar that is applied on top of the insulation boards after they have been secured to the substrate; the mesh is embedded within this adhesive before it sets.

Fibreglass Mesh not only offers high strength and good cohesion, it can also prevent cracking within the render – it also works to help hold the insulation boards together.

Why do we overlap Fibreglass Mesh?

During weather and temperature changes, the external walls of your home expand and contract minutely due to the heating and cooling processes. When installing a render system on a property, it’s necessary to consider this wall movement in order to ensure that the system remains crack free.

Embedding Fibreglass Mesh within this layer enhances crack-resistance and overlapping the Fibreglass Mesh increases the flexibility of the whole system and ensures that cracks do not form where there are gaps between the mesh.


Why choose Manor Maintenance Ltd Rendering specialists?

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of workmanship and service, ensuring 100% satisfaction with a system that stands the test of time.

Our team are highly experienced, knowledgeable, prompt & time efficient which leads to an overall quicker completion time than some other Rendering contracting firms around.

If you would like to find out more about our range of rendering services, get in touch for a free quote.


Rico K.

Approved Render Specialist
Atlas Aval silicone render

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