Can I render my semi-detached house


Lots of people wish that the outside of their homes looked better, but aren’t sure what to do about getting it there. Many of them are unsure whether they can do anything at all to improve the curb appeal of their home – but that’s exactly what rendering a house does! If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home, but you’re unsure if you can, then you’re in the right place.

What is render?

Render is a type of cladding material that gets placed on the external walls of a home in order to provide a fresh coat of colour and a new appearance. It is often used instead of timber cladding. It can have a smooth or textured finish, and is always applied by professionals. As well as providing aesthetic benefits, render also has a slight insulating effect on homes, making them more energy efficient by reducing the amount of heat loss. Render can also help to protect homes from persistent dampness by providing an extra barrier on the exterior walls.

You can usually tell if your house has an existing render by just looking at it, but if you’re unsure, you can always do some research.

What types of render are there?

There are numerous types of render finish and cladding materials available for homeowners. You can choose a smooth render finish or a rough finish, coloured render or plain render and pick from the following materials:

Cement render

Cement render is the affordable option when it comes to cladding your home. It is much cheaper than some of the other alternatives. However, it can also be used as a base. Cement render works great as a base coat for acrylic render, for example.

The experts at Sydney Rendering Pros say “If applied correctly, cement renderings can last decades without needing to be replaced.

Acrylic render

Acrylic is incredibly durable, water resistant, fast drying, and has a huge range of colours available for homeowners to choose from.

Polymer render

Polymer is a great rendering material as it is much more weather resistant and water resistant than other rendering materials.

Other options:

There are other materials used for rendering a house or commercial properties that are less common. These include silicone render and traditional lime render.

Can any house’s external walls be rendered?

In theory, any house can be rendered. Applying render is not a hugely technical process, so as long as the homeowner can afford the rendering costs, they can get their semi-detached house rendered with a smooth render surface, monocouche render, a coloured render, tyrolean render or whatever type of cladding they want.

In reality, though, there are a few criteria that a house must meet in order to make rendering worthwhile and to ensure that it will not cause damage to the property. The house must have solid walls that can withstand weight, first of all. Cement-based render, silicone render, and lime render are not light, and neither are the other materials and so a property must have structurally sound, solid walls in order to hold the external rendering.

As well as that, the house must not have any damp, particularly on the external walls. Cladding and rendering a house can help to prevent damp, but if placed over damp it can make it worse and make rendering a house a pointless effort.

To ensure that a property will withstand being rendered, it may be worth hiring a surveyor to assess for any damage and cause for concern before you hire a team for the rendering job. If there is damage, you may need to put your house render on hold.

Do you need planning permission to render a house?

Typically speaking, you do not need planning permission in order to render a house unlike house extensions. SO long as you are planning on sticking to colours like those around you, you can render your semi-detached house without asking the local council first. If your new look does not match the existing render of the houses around you, however, you may be expected to request planning permission.

For those who own in a leasehold or who rent, you will likely have to ask for permission to complete external rendering. In your request, be sure to mention that coloured render can really help to boost the appearance and subsequently the worth of a property.

How much will it cost to render a semi-detached house?

The cost of rendering does depend on the size of the property, the rendering company you hire and the material with which you are rendering your house. However, on average, a 3 bedroom semi-detached house will cost between £3,800 and £5,500. This will take around a week.

For smaller homes, you can expect to pay less to get your coloured render applied and finished, and likewise, larger homes can expect to pay more.

What is the process of rendering a house?

If you’re unsure whether to get your house rendered, you might be wondering what the process of applying external rendering actually consists of. The process is as follows:

1. The professionals will remove all the existing render on the external walls

This will be the first thing that they do, in order to assess any issues beneath the render and to prepare the wall beneath.

2. Repoint brickwork

Repointing brickwork is essentially just ensuring that the wall is ready. It includes wall preparation and repair.

3. Apply and finish render

Once the wall is repointed, the professionals will begin to apply your render to your house, and then after two or three coats they will use a render finish to get the render to look complete and to make sure it meets your expectations.

It is important that the professionals do use multiple coats, even if they are using pre-coloured render as it will help to provide external wall insulation for your property.


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