Change the external skin of your house and you change its entire character from a bright white art deco house to a Tyrolean, speckled effect. Paint and render can make a world of difference to your home’s aesthetics, with rendering carrying the additional benefits of waterproofing and insulation.
Bear in mind however that while a relatively cheap and cheerful coat of paint on the exterior of your building is a quick way to give it a facelift, you may be missing out on some easy maintenance, high-tech products that can help to improve both breathability and durability to prevent damp in the future.
Although render has been used as a building material for centuries, it is the neat tailored look of smoothing rendered surfaces that are now a popular choice for contemporary homes. It’s also a common look for seaside homes or buildings in exposed places because it brings an extra layer of protection from the elements. Mixing rendered surfaces with other textures such as Tyrolean or timber-cladding can add architectural interest to your home.
For extensions, an all-over render can be a great way to unify your old and new spaces and help it to look as one.
Render can also be combined with external insulation to dramatically improve the thermal performance of your home.