Cement Rendering Service Overview

What is cement rendering?

Cement Render is a combination of sand, cement and clay or lime. Cement render can be applied to brick, cement, stone and painted walls (undercoat must be applied first so render does not fall off when applying onto painted walls). In cases where render is to go onto painted walls acrylic render is recommended over traditional cement render.

Cement render is a great option for rendering your home, even though acrylic render materials are being used more often then ever before. Cement render has been used for so long and it can be definitely clased as a cost effective option when deciding to render your home. Though some of disadvantages of sand cement render can become apparent when it comes to flexibility as acrylic render can withstand wall movement to a larger degree than cement render. Though overall traditional sand cement render is a great product which has stood the test of time, it hides imperfections of old and/or bad brickwork and creates an extra layer of protection to fight erosion.

Cement render is used for a more reasons than one. Home owners can use render to increase the life span of their retaining walls while also making them look great. Cement render thickness can vary and it will depend on factors such as the brickwork and how much render is needed to be applied so that the wall will be straight and smooth.

Cement render sometimes gets bad reviews as acrylic render manufacturers try to push their products onto customers and into the marketplace. Truth is sand cement render is a great product and using acrylic will not stop your wall cracking when the structure moves it will just give more assistance.

Cement render is generally used as an undercoat, meaning it is never usually the finished product.

What are my options when it comes to giving my cement render a coloured finish?

There are three ways to give your cement render colour. Oxide is the only way where the colour is in the render, the other two options coloured acrylic render and paint are applied onto the cement render after 28 days.

Read more below about your 3 options when giving your render the desired colour.

  1. Adding oxide to your cement render mix

  2. This is the only option where your colour is included in the cement, this is done by adding a liquid formula to rendering mix. It is worth noting oxide colouring is not consistent which means in the case you were tpo choose grey oxide you will have varying shades of grey on your walls and also the shades of grey will change over the years. With that being said although decreasing in popularity some people do decide to go with a cement render and oxide finish.

  3. Coloured Acrylic Render

  4. This applied on your cement render after about a month, it is longer lasting and 20 times thicker than paint giving it durability. Coloured acrylic render comes in every single colour your paint comes in and a lot of different textures. If you do decide to go with a coloured acrylic render look we definitely recommend your base coat render be acrylic render instead of cement render. Coloured Acrylic Render cannot be applied directly to a wall without an undercoat.

    Read more about both acrylic render and coloured acrylic render by clicking the links below:

    Acrylic Rendering - click here to learn more
    Coloured Acrylic Rendering - click here to learn more

  5. Painting

  6. Paint like coloured acrylic render cannot be applied straight away on cement render, you will need to wait about a month. If you decide to use acrylic render base coat then you can paint in 48 hours.

Cement render is the most traditional and common rendering option. A paint job usually follows after about a month. Other rendering options like acrylic rendering base coats with a colour finish are creating more and more options for consumers.

How we get the job done

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Cement Rendering

The Cement Rendering Process

  • Prepare substrates
  • Install corner beads
  • Cement Render - Smooth Sponge Finish
  • Paint - After 28 days

Cement Rendering - Before and After

Below is a before and after of a cement rendering job completed by the team at Rok Rendering. The render was painted three months after application


Timeline and Cost of Project

The cost and timeline of the project will be set in the quote, though time may vary due to weather

Service Areas

Our team at Rok Rendering has carries out Cement Rendering in Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra and the Southern Highlands. Call us today on 0452 523 921 for a free quote.

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