Wall rendering is a wall covering method applied to external walls to protect the brickwork. There are different styles of render and plasterers will be able to advise on the options available, and the best solution for your property. This article discusses these different types of render and the prices for rendering different types of UK homes.
The differences between plastering and rendering
The biggest difference between plaster and render is the simple fact that plaster is applied to internal walls, and render to external surfaces. The ingredients that go into making render are cement, sand, and water. Often lime is often added to the mixture. Different proportions of cement, sand and water are used in rendering and plastering. The main differences are as follows:
- Rendering uses more cement in the mixture, as well as coarse sand, to increase the strength of the walls and offer protection against the weather including rain and snow.
- Less cement is used in a plaster mixture, together with fine sand, to attain a finer, smoother finish that’s easier to paint and decorate.
Rendering external walls requires access and safety equipment in the form of scaffolding towers, which adds a more money to the overall costs. Also, the type of render you choose will affect price, with “pebbledash” render costing more than “smooth” render. The following sections of this article will give you pricing guide on rendering prices for typical UK houses.
External rendering prices for a standard two-bed bungalow
For a standard bungalow, scaffolding is not always necessary and for this price guide, we have made the assumption and excluded scaffolding costs. The job will involve the following stages:
- Removing existing render.
- Applying flat/smooth render.
- Sponge finish.
Masonry paint is always applied to render to prevent moisture penetration, which often leads to premature failure of the render. The price below does not include the painting. Plasterers will take between 4 and 6 days and the job will cost in the range £1,900-£2,500.
Price to render a three-bedroom semi-detached house
Applying render to a two story house will require the use of scaffolding for safe access at height. The plasterers will remove all the existing render, if any, key and repoint the brickwork and apply two layers of flat render and a sponge finish.
The job, including erecting the scaffolding should take 5 to 8 days to complete, at a cost of between £3,000 and £5,000. The price will differ depending on the following factors:
- Where you live in the UK, regional price variations come into play.
- The size of the company you contract. Large building companies have more overheads and generally price up their jobs to cover costs.
- The demand for building services in your area, summer is ideal for building work because it is dry.
- Accessibility to your house may also be an issue for plasterers. Always make sure all the quotes you receive for the work are itemised. Itemisation makes it easier to compare the quotes from different plastering companies.
Render the exterior walls of a four bedroom detached house
A detached house on two floors will require scaffolding, and the guide price below includes scaffolding. The surface area to render is also bigger and so you should expect the price to be more than for a semi-detached property. The job will take a few days longer with estimates of completion between 1 and 2 weeks. As in the jobs above, the plasterer will remove existing render, apply two layers of flat render and a sponge finish. The cost should be between £3,600 and £6,000.
Pebbledash rendering and painting prices
Smooth render is rather basic and going for pebbledash adds that extra element of beauty to the exterior of your home. Also, painting protects your external walls and ensures the render lasts for years to come. This part of the article provides a guide price for pebbledash render on a 3 bedroom detached house finished with a double coat of masonry paint.
Due to the uneven surface of pebbledash, the painting is labour intensive as it takes focused attention to ensure all the surface is covered. The complete job will take over two weeks to complete and will cost between £4,00 and £7,000 depending on the size of the business and the other pricing factors discussed in earlier sections.
Gathering competitive quotes for external rendering services
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