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If you’re planning a redecoration project in your home, you’ll want the walls to be in good condition whether you’ll be painting or wallpapering over them. One question we’re often asked is whether new walls or walls in particularly poor condition should be plastered or dry lined. While either will give you a solid, durable and long-lasting wall covering, here are some of the factors you might want to take into account before making your final decision.

What Type of Render Should I Choose?

The first thing to say is that there is usually no need to apply for planning permission to render your property, so you are free to choose the type and finish yourself. The same applies to pebble dashing. However, if you own a listed property or your home falls within a designated conservation area, for instance, there may be some restrictions. The colour you choose may have to be a specific RAL or British Standard colour to fit in with its environment.

Other than that, your only considerations may be whether the look of the property is likely to affect your neighbours – and your own personal taste, of course. Rendering is not a job you can DIY, unless you have specific experience. It requires both precision and speed to achieve a good finish, so it’s best left to the professionals.

The most common type of render is cement – it’s also the cheapest in terms of materials, but requires a few coats so the labour charges tend to cost more. If your house is subject to movement, cement can crack, and it also needs repainting on a fairly regular basis if you want it to stay looking as good as when it was first done.

The risks of cracking and the need for painting can be removed by using a polymer render. As the name suggests, this has polymers and other plastics included in the mix to add a degree of flexibility, which reduces any cracking. They’re also available in a range of different colours which run through the entire product, so there’s no need for painting when the work’s done or at any stage afterwards either.

Another appealing option we offer is Monocouche render. The term ‘monocouche’ is from the French, meaning ‘one coat’. It comes ready coloured – you can choose any hue you like – and is simply mixed with water and applied in a single layer to the surface in question. It’s therefore really quick to apply, either by hand or by using a spray gun, and contains special additives that prevent cracking in future. While the material itself is more expensive, you’ll save on labour costs and in maintenance in the future, because it will never need repainting.

Book a Quote Today

If you’d like to discuss a new look for the front of your home or place of business in Telford or wider Shropshire, contact us today. We’re experienced plasterers in Telford, and offer a range of other property maintenance services alongside rendering, including roofing, internal plastering, screeding, dry lining, roofing repairs and maintenance, tiling, guttering and fencing.

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