If you’re interested in rendering your house, there are quite a few things you’ll need to consider before you get started! Here you’ll learn about the cost of labour and materials for the job, how long it will take, what you can expect, and more!
How much does rendering cost?
The rendering of a house will cost between £2,000 to £8,000, depending upon the size of your home, the materials you decide to use, and the methods you choose to employ.
If you have a smaller home, you can expect to pay much less than if you have a large detached house. You’ll also have to consider the type of rendering you’d like to use for the project, as well as the materials. These two factors can drastically influence the price.
Labour costs will also influence the price, so think about whether you want to try to do the project yourself or hire an experienced tradesman. Remember that a large national company or a local one will usually be able to do the job more professionally, especially if you’ve never tried rendering a house on your own.
You’ll likely want to save money wherever you can, but keep in mind that rendering is a big job. If you don’t have a lot of experience, it will most likely be worth it to pay professionals to complete the project. It will be a lot less stressful if you pay someone else to do the work, too!
Here are some examples of what you can expect to pay and how long it will take to render different sized walls:
- 5m2 garden wall: £200 to £550 for 1-2 days
- Two bedroom bungalow: £2,500 to £3,500 for 4-6 days
- Three bedroom semi-detached house: £4,200 to £5,500 for 6-9 days
- Four bedroom detached house: £6,700 to £8,300 for 7-14 days
A basic render on house external walls begins with a base coat called a scratch coat, which is then followed by a fine topcoat painted with masonry paint. For basic costs, you can expect to pay between £40-£60 per metre squared. So, for the 5m2 garden wall above, you should expect to pay around £250.
For a three bedroom 80m2 semi-detached home, you can expect to pay around £5,000. You can expect to pay even more for a four bedroom detached house. You should always budget for more than you expect, as unforeseen costs can arise, like waste removal and scaffolding, for example.
Keep reading for everything else you need to know about rendering the house’s external walls!
Basic lime render cost
Price: £20 per m2
If you’re looking for a flexible, damp proof and breathable option for your home, this type of render is your best bet. A basic lime render is a good option for older homes as it fits in well with the style of most period houses.
Cement render cost
Price: £10 per m2
Cement render is the most popular choice for modern homes in the UK. It’s also much more inexpensive compared to its basic lime counterpart, which has also helped make it popular. But, one thing you’ll need to keep in mind is the cost of repainting to keep this type of render looking fresh. You also may need to factor in multiple coats per wall.
Costs for finishing
Roughcast, decorative aggregates, and pebbledash cost
Price: starting at £30 per m2
You’ll need to carefully consider which type of finishings you’d like for your render as well! When coarse, small pebbles or gravel are applied to the base coat, it’s called a pebbledash or roughcast render. This finish will protect your wall against the elements, as well as give it an interesting texture.
You also have the option of adding some decorative aggregates instead of pebbles. This will give an even more interesting and unique look to the external walls of your home. You’ll also enjoy even more added protection against rain, sleet, and snow.
Exterior masonry paint costs
Price: £10-£25 per m2
You’ll want to add on external paint to the cost of rendering a wall. There is a slew of different colours available to choose from, but that’s not the most important factor! You’ll need to also consider how many coats will be required, the paint’s ability to protect against the elements and the texture.
Remember that the price of paint will greatly influence the final cost of the job. For example, a small 80m2 two bedroom semi-detached house will cost between £800 to £2,000 for the paint alone.
Pre-coloured and finished rendering prices
Price: £30 per m2
Polymers are a special type of plastic that’s added to a render base to prevent future cracking on the wall. The addition of colour means that you can avoid paying for an extra coat of coloured paint. A true budget saver!
Price: £30 per m2
Acrylic render is used as a topcoat over new renders or an existing render. Often a silicone-based element is included in the render to diminish the need for future cleaning, but it does increase the price. As you can see above, the cost of an acrylic render is £30 per m2.
Price: £35 per m2
Monocouche is made from cement and requires a single coat. It’s mixed with water and then sprayed onto the home. Monocouche is very expensive, but you also need to consider the fact that it requires just one coat and will save you maintenance and labour costs.
Supply only prices
Here’s what you can expect to pay for the materials alone when rendering a house wall:
- Lime: 5m2 garden wall: £100, 100m2 bungalow: £2,000, 200m2 semi-detached house: £4,000, 300m2 detached house: £6,000
- Cement: 5m2 garden wall: £50, £100, 100m2 bungalow: £1,000, 200m2 semi-detached: £2,000, 300m2 detached: £3,000
- Pebbledash: 5m2 garden wall: £150, 100m2 bungalow: £3,000, 200m2 semi-detached: £6,000, 300m2 detached: £9,000
- Monocouche: 5m2 garden wall: £175, 100m2 bungalow: £3,500, 200m2 semi-detached: £7,000, 300m2 detached: £10,500
- Paint: 5m2 garden wall: £50, 100m2 bungalow: £1,000, 200m2 semi-detached: £2,000, 300m2 detached: £3,000
If you have an existing render, you’ll need to pay to have it removed so that your walls can be cleaned before a new render is installed. Most renderers will include this step in their price quotes, but it doesn’t hurt to ask to make sure. Be sure to also ask if waste removal is included in the price. You may need to hire scaffolding, as well.
Be prepared for what you may find under your existing render! When it’s removed to install the new one, there may be damage underneath that will need to be cleaned with a sandblaster. The cost to remove the old render depends upon the condition of your home and the type of render.
It will likely take between 1-3 days for removal, and be prepared to pay your tradesmen between £150-£400 per worker per day. You may be able to save on cost here if you think you’re handy enough to remove it yourself!
Cost of labour and the estimated time frames
Rendering jobs can last up to 2 weeks for larger homes, so labour costs are something you’ll have to carefully include in your budget. You can expect to pay your rendering specialists between £130-£250 per day.
Even if you’re confident in your DIY abilities, Monocouche renders on a detached home will likely be too big of a job to do on your own. Expect the job to take anywhere between 4-10 days. This depends on the size of your home, the different types of render materials you use, and the condition.
You’ll be able to save on time and price if you enlist the services of a qualified renderer. A tradesman can get you a discount on the different types of materials you use, and will likely give you a good price on labour costs!
For example, you can hire a capable tradesman to render a 200 m2 semi-detached house with a basic cement render for around £3,000. To do the job yourself, you’ll likely pay £3,000 simply for the materials.
As far as time frame goes, consider the different types of render you’re interested in using. Acrylic renders can dry in just a few hours on a hot summer day, but some other renders can take multiple days to dry. In general, you’ll want to get this type of work done in the warmer months, as rain or snow can impede the drying process.
Brand of render
There are many different brands of render to consider. Here are a few to choose from:
Parex: Parex is a well-known construction company. In addition to rendering, they specialise in repairs, landscaping, and highway maintenance. They also produce construction chemicals. With Parex, you’ll have the choice between several different render types, such as silicone, Monocouche, and acrylic.
Price: £20-£60 per square metre, depending on location and type of render.
Weber: Weber produces a variety of construction products, including a line of render called Weberend. You’ll enjoy the wide assortment of choices, from modern to traditional styles. One of their best products is a one coat pebbledash render that can save you money and time.
Price: £25 to £65, depending on location and type of render.
K Rend: K Rend is the largest independent manufacturer of coloured silicone render in the UK. They offer two different products in a variety of colours: a silicone thin coat and a silicone scraper textured render. The different colour choices mean that you don’t have to worry about painting! K Rend’s products are also known in the industry as being more durable than sand and cement render, which will save you a lot on maintenance. This is perhaps the most expensive option, but you’ll be able to save on paint costs and maintenance fees in the future.
Price: £30-£70 depending on location.
When can I paint over my render?
If you’d like to paint over your render once the installation has been completed, you will have to wait for a few days. Here are some examples of wait time:
- Lime: Below 7°C-16°C: 4 to 7 days. 17°C-25°C: 2 to 4 days.
- Cement: Below 7°C-16°C: 5 to 8 days. 17°C-25°C: 2 to 5 days.
- Pebbledash: Below 7°C-16°C: 5 to 9 days. 17°C-25°C: 3 to 6 days.
- Monocouche: Below 7°C-16°C: 5 to 10 days. 17°C-25°C: 4 to 6 days.
Keep in mind that lime, cement, pebbledash, and Monocouche renders will not dry in wet weather. Polymer and acrylic render may be able to dry when wet, but this will depend on the type of render you choose.
What does rendering a house mean?
House rendering is a covering that lays over an external wall of a home and serves as a protection against the elements, like rain and cold. It’s then finished with a top coat of paint to prevent cracking and dampness from seeping in through the wall.
By simply adding a layer of lime, sand, and cement or a resin-based material on the external walls of your home, you’ll be much better insulated in the colder months!
Render consists of materials like lime, sand, and cement or other protective materials that form a paste when mixed with water or chemicals. The paste is then applied to the external wall of your home. This creates a protective layer between your house and the outdoors.
Advantages and disadvantages of rendering
As with any home improvement project, there are several advantages and disadvantages to rendering:
- A large variety of render to choose from for any budget.
- The option to paint your render any colour you like.
- You can mask any imperfections on the external wall of your home.
- It creates added wall insulation.
- It can possibly increase your wall insulation rating.
- Protect against damage from graffiti.
- Increase the value of your property.
- Render requires maintenance over time.
- The initial cost can be high without an immediate return on investment.
- You may need planning permission, depending upon where you live.
- If your home has any external features the price could be substantially higher.
What does rendering a house require?
Preparation of external walls: you need to have stable and secure walls.
Preparation of external features: these features can include vents and drainpipes.
Options for wall insulation: you can choose to install an extra layer of insulation under the render.
- Render mesh: this serves as a foundation for the render.
- Layers of render: this depends on which type of renders you choose.
- Finish: if you don’t use a pre-coloured render you may want to add a final layer of paint or a smooth or textured finish.
- Final steps: when the render and paint have dried, you’ll need to reattach drainpipes or other external features.
Are my walls appropriate for rendering?
You’ll need to determine this before you get started! The best way to determine if you can render your home is to check in with a local tradesman or larger company. They’ll be able to tell you if your home has any structural damage, an existing render, and the overall condition of your external walls.
Don’t get discouraged if your home is already rendered. You can always have the old render removed, your walls cleaned, and a new render installed!
Do it yourself house rendering
Keep in mind that rendering a home is a very large and difficult job. If you’re interested in doing things yourself to save on cost, remember that tradesmen or larger national companies will usually give you a discount on the price of labour and materials! The bottom line? You’re better off hiring a professional to get the job done!
Repair rendering prices
If you notice that your current render needs some repairs, you may be able to simply repair it rather than replacing the entire thing. You can feel free to DIY this type of project if you’re feeling up to it! But, if you choose to stick with a professional, you can expect to pay between £15-£30 per square metre, depending upon the size of the repair and the materials.
Maintenance, upkeep, and painting rendering
You’ll need to maintain your render as the years go by. Some rendering will require much more upkeep than others, but the good news is that you’ll only be required to repaint every 5-10 years.
One way to avoid a lot of excess painting and overall maintenance is to have your render cleaned once a year. This can be achieved with a high-powered power washer. What you need to remember is that if you consistently keep up with your render maintenance, it will last longer!
Rules and regulations for rendering
As with any home improvement project, you need to be aware of various building regulations. You probably won’t need to get planning permission to install a render, but if you live in a conservation area, you may need one.
The easiest way to make sure that you meet building regulations is to call your local council to make sure! This is another reason to hire a professional to get the job done – they are required to stay up to date on these types of things.
What are insulation grants?
If you are a low-income family, the government may be able to assist you through an insulation grant. These grants are a part of the Energy Company Obligation, which is a government scheme designed to help fixed budget households increase the level of insulation in their homes.
Skills, specialisations, and qualifications to keep your eye out for
Before you settle on a local tradesman or national company, make sure that you’re working with a reliable company. Look out for:
- City and Guilds Awards: The higher the number of the award, the better.
- Referrals: Personal referrals or online reviews.
- Insurance: This is essential! Make sure whichever company you choose has liability insurance for any on the job accidents and job insurance to cover any mistakes or accidental damage to your property.
You’re well on your way to installing rendering on your homes! Whether you live in a bungalow, a semi-detached house, or even a four bedroom detached house, you’ll love all of the advantages of a cement or silicone-based render.