Acrylic Render vs Cement Render Cost

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Rendering is often used to improve the look of a home or protect brick work against the elements. Once rendering becomes an option and your research begins, you will hear the two terms constantly – acrylic render and cement render.

Acrylic render vs cement render costs will depend on numerous factors which will be outlined in this article.

What is cement render?

Cement render is the name of a render mix that combines sand, cement and lime. Cement renders are the most traditional of render materials and any home that is rendered before the year 2000 would of used a cement render. As acrylic render gains popularity cement render is becoming less commonyly used, with that said sand cement render finishes are still amazing render finishes. Worth noting that cement render requires painting.

Below is a close up of a cement rendered finish

acrylic render vs cement render cost

What is acrylic render?

Acrylic render comes in two forms them being one that requires painting (acrylic render) and one does not (coloured acrylic render). Acrylic render requires painting OR it can be used as a base coat BEFORE a coloured acrylic render. The reasons for using acrylic render over a cement render includes substrates and/or finishes. Not all substrates are suitable for cement render.

Acrylic Rendering below requires painting. Close up shot

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Coloured Acrylic Rendering below DOES NOT require painting. Close up shot.

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Acrylic Render vs Cement Render Cost – The differences between the two materials

Difference in material

Sand cement render mix elements are purchased individually and made on site, that is why the mix is so important. Acrylic renders are bought in bags and guaranteed to be the same as they are pre-bagged and ratioed in a warehouse.


As this article is headlined cement render costs 2023, we are more than likely going to be using cement render. Cement render is cheaper than acrylic renders when it comes to cost, however other renders may need to be used before you can apply cement render, which leads onto the next factor.

Substrate Condition

If a brick wall is painted, it will need a special acrylic render base coat before application of cement render, therefore substrate condition will impact the cost of your rendering project. Generally speaking cement render is only really suitable onto brick work. If you need a thick render coat cement render is more cost efficient as acrylic render when very thick is very expensive.


What you are applying cement render onto will also impact the cost, brick work is the only real suitable substrate that sand cement render should be applied onto.

Time Frame to Complete Job

When do you need to paint it? Acrylic rendering can be painted very quickly, where as cement renderers require a few weeks of curing.

A table of factors that further influence cement rendering costs

Decrease PriceIncrease Price
Ground level walls, low wallsTressel work, high walls, step ladder work
Easy accessDifficult access
No scaffoldsScaffolds required
Sole traderCompany
Lower paid employeesHigher paid employees
Less experiencedHighly experienced
Not much work scheduled inLots of work scheduled in
Bad reputationGood reputation
New businessEstablished business

Acrylic Render vs Cement Render Cost - Before and After

Cement Rendering

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Acrylic Rendering (the one that requires painting)

acrylic render vs cement render cost

When to use cement render over acrylic render

Cement render is great to use over brick work and bathroom renovations rendering. Reason for sand cement render is great for bathrooms is that the materials dries faster internally and this is very important when applying very thick render typically applied in bathrooms.

Acrylic Render vs Cement Render Cost

With all the above considered and an assumption that there is more than 200 square metres, below is some approximate pricing:

Cement Render Pricing

65-80 + GST per square metre

Acrylic Render Pricing (ready for painting)

70-85 + GST per square metre

Acrylic Rendering – Coloured Render System (3 Coat System)

85-105 + GST per square metre

Acrylic Render vs Cement Render Cost – Recent Projects Pricing

Option 1: Cement Rendering

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Cement Render Cost

2200+GST. Straight walls are usually cheaper then walls with lots of returns and lots of detail.

Option 2: Acrylic Rendering (requires painting)

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Acrylic Render Cost


Option 3: Coloured Acrylic Rendering (does not require painting)

acrylic render vs cement render cost

Coloured Acrylic Render Cost ( 3 COAT SYSTEM)



At Rok Rendering we can come to your property and provide you options so that we can get you your desired rendering finish. We only use the best material and our work is always of the highest quality.

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