Cost of Rendering your House
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to fully render your house, including the costs of labour and materials.
Rendering your exterior walls will help improve aesthetic value of the home’s exterior. This however, doesn’t come without a cost. Hiring contractors to do this work is time consuming. It will require use of scaffolding, and other equipment to complete the rendering project.
This is not the type of task you want to undertake on your own. Especially if you have never attempted a major DIY project, or don’t have the knowledge of surfacing, leveling, or structure rendering, you can do much more damage to your home, than good.
What the job entails
If the brickwork of your home has seen better days, rendering is a simple process which applies a sand and cement base to the exterior surfaces of the home. It levels the surface, cleans the home, covers up areas of moisture, and helps cover up the damage or signs of damage, to the exterior surface and walls of your home.
Two coats are typically applied to the home when rendering. The second can be done using a pebbled or textured finish, simply to give the home’s exterior a distinct look you want to see once it is surfaced and level. Masonry paint has to be applied to the rendered walls as well. This is done to help prevent moisture build-up, which will cause issues with chipping/cracking, or can cause water damage internally over time. So, this is basically a protective coat to cover the exterior, and also protect the interior walls and surfaces of the home as well.
Soffit boards, fascia, and gutters must be removed prior to rendering. Therefore, they have to be reattached to the home once the rendered surfaces are completed. Most contractors will do these projects, as well as paint the rendered walls. However, bear in mind that this isn’t typically included in the price quote they are going to provide, which is simply to render the exterior walls of the home.
Potential issues with rendering
Depending on the age of the home, rendering might not be the solution. This can only be determined when you call a contractor to visit your home and provide you a quote. It is important to assess the home, the property, and the structure/surfaces. This is the only way to determine if a project can be done. If it can’t, other, pricier, alternatives might be the only way to improve on the appearance/surface structure, of the exterior walls on the home.
You might also have problems with siding, the gutters, fascia, and soffit, which is removed prior to doing the rendering. If this is the case, you might consider replacing these items, which will obviously incur an additional cost to the project. So, consider this prior to starting any work, and make sure you have fully written quotes, which included details of services included, and those which aren’t included in the price you are quoted for rendering the walls.
Other projects to complete
Again, many owners will choose to paint the walls after they are rendered. It is a good time to do so immediately after. Not only will the paint stick to the surfaces, it will better penetrate the walls. They will look better, and damage is less likely to ensue any time down the road.
If you plan on doing work with the gutters, soffit, and fascia, or if you would like to repair or replace thee pieces, it is a good time to do this as well. Since these items have to be remove prior to rendering the walls, you won’t have to worry about damaging the walls or other exterior surfaces. So, you can simply replace, or have them repaired while the walls are being rendered, and reattach the new pieces once your walls are completed.
Pressure washing, cleaning, or even changing the windows on your home, are all projects you might choose to do at this time. Since you are improving the exterior of your home, you might choose to undertake all of the projects which will help improve the home’s aesthetic appeal. Each of these projects will, and will greatly increase the resale value of the home, if you plan on listing it for sale.
Costs & Duration
A single, detached or semi-detached home, will run anywhere from £2000-£4000, depending on if it is smooth or pebbled surfaces. This will include the daily labour rate you pay, which ranges from £150-£250 a day with most contractors. Cost of equipment, scaffolding, supplies, and painting will also increase price. And, removing gutters, fascia, and soffit, generally aren’t included in the quote, so these costs also have to be added on.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your house rendered.
Q How long will it take to render the walls?
A single-family, detached home, will run anywhere from 3-7 days to complete. This includes rendering, removing and replacing gutters, and any additional paintwork the homeowners choose to do on the home.
Q Why render my home's walls?
Rendering the walls improves the aesthetic appeal. It will also help with structural integrity, if there is damage, or possibility of damaged surfaces, which are present to the home’s exterior.
Q Can I render the walls myself?
No, this definitely isn’t the type of task you should consider doing a DIY Project on. It is difficult, requires specialised equipment, and is time consuming.
Q Which render is right for my home?
The top three options are acrylic, mineral, or silicone base. Depending on the home, age, and other factors, a licensed contractor will best inform you, of which material is best for your home. They will inform you of the benefits of each, and which one would make most sense on your property.
Q Is it worth the cost to render the home?
It is an investment which will last for years to come. So, take the time to consider how long you will be in the home, why you are doing it, and weigh the benefits versus high-cost, to determine if it is the right option for your home. It isn’t appropriate in all homes, but will increase value, and improve the aesthetic visual appearance of the home.