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Rendering Costs & Free Quotes

Last Updated on December 16, 2019 By Dave

Simply put, rendering is when you put a covering over the outside walls of your home to protect the brickwork. There are different types of rendering, and a reputable plasterer should be able to recommend the option that best fits your needs.

What is the difference between rendering and plastering?

The biggest difference between rendering and plastering is that rendering is usually applied to the outside walls and surfaces, while plastering is usually reserved for the inside walls. The main ingredients required for making render are water, sand, and cement - and sometimes lime is used as well. Varying amounts of these ingredients are used when mixing rendering and plaster. Gypsum has also been used for this purpose.

builder applies external rendering to a home

The rendering mix requires more cement in the mixture than plaster, plus coarser sand, as this step will add more strength to protect against the elements, like rain and snow.

Conversely, plaster requires less cement in the mix than rendering and finer grain of sand to facilitate a smoother finish for the interior walls. This opens the way for easier painting and decorating when the job is finished.

Normally, scaffolding is required for the outside was during the rendering process for safety purposes. The addition of scaffolding necessarily means more costs being tacked onto the price of the job. Another ingredient that may affect the price of the project is the type of rendering the job calls for. For example, smooth-surface rendering will be more expensive than the pebbledash kind because it will require less effort to get the desired results.

Outside rendering for a single-story 2-bedroom bungalow

Because of their low profile, scaffolding may not always be necessary for bungalows, and the prices listed below do not reflect that additional cost:

  • Removing existing rendering on exterior walls
  • Whether the project requires a smooth or rough finish
  • Applying a sponge finish

When the rendering dries, masonry paint must be applied to the surface to help prevent moisture from penetrating through to the rendering. Moisture could accumulate and degrade the rendering, causing it to fail.

When performing a rendering project on a 2-bedroom bungalow, the cost can range from £2,000 to £3,200, and an average completion date of between 4-7 days.

Rendering a 3-bedroom semi-detached home

When applying rendering to a two-story home scaffolding will be required. And this will result in additional costs, which, in turn, will be passed on to the homeowner.

The first order of business will then be to thoroughly remove any existing rendering, and keying and re-pointing the brickwork if needed. Next, two layers of render must be applied to the brickwork, followed by a sponge finish.

On average, a job like this can range anywhere between £3,500 to £5,500. The project can take between 5-9 days from start to finish. Some other factors that could affect the price include:

  • The location of your home: Pricing will vary depending on what area of the country you live in.
  • The work demand on builders in your subdivision
  • The size of the company you engage in performing the work. The big companies, naturally, have more overhead costs, which are usually passed on to the homeowner.
  • Accessibility: how easy is it for the contractor to gain access to your property

It is highly recommended that you check to see if al the quotes you received for the project are itemised. This will make comparing prices between contractors much easier. And it helps you determine whether or not all the contractors will be performing the same amount of work for the same price-quotes.

Rendering the walls on a 4-bedroom detached home

As stated earlier, all outside projects for multiple-story homes will require scaffolding, and the additional costs of that scaffolding will be passed on to you. The prices below reflect those additional costs. Also, multiple-story homes mean there is more surface area to render, so the cost of supplies will be more.

Rendering for a 4-bedroom house could range between £6,200 to £8,200, and completing the project could take up to two weeks.

Just like with the other exterior projects, all existing render must be removed before applying new render. Then, two layers of new render will be applied before finishing it off with a smooth, sponge finish.

Pebbledash rendering and painting estimates

Going with the pebbledash finish in place of the traditional smooth finish when rendering your home will give it personality. Then, applying a quality paint will add to the aesthetics and extend the life of your home.

Applying a pebbledash finish to your home’s exterior walls of a 3-bedroom detached home, it can take as many as 3 weeks to complete the job. Given the extra labor associated with completing a job of this magnitude, you can expect the costs to be rather steep. Look for the price of a rendering project of this size, for a 4-bedroom detached property, to range from £3,900 to £5,700.

How to go about getting the best quotes

Many homeowners believe that the best quote means the one that reflects the lowest price, but that is not necessarily true.

So, when comparing quotes for a rendering project, check to see if the quotes you received have the same costs itemised. This will enable you to make comparisons and, not only make sure the quotes are accurate but whether or not that particular quote is the best.

If a quote appears to be significantly lower than all the rest, you must check to see if the quote covers all the work you want to be done. Many a homeowner has shared their horror stories about the quote they got for their project not covering everything they thought it would, resulting in hundreds, or thousands of pounds of costs overruns.

So, you will be relieved to know that all of the plasterers and renderers appearing on our website have been meticulously screened to ensure that you receive the highest quality work for the lowest price.

If you would like to receive quotes from accredited plasterers and renderers, just fill out the more-info contact form below. You will be contacted by several companies within the next few days. They will come by your home and perform a thorough inspection and give you a quote as soon as possible.