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Elevation as smooth as silk

It’s no secret that brick homes are subject to wear and tear due to the natural elements, but thankfully there is a way to protect your home while achieving a seamless and attractive facade.

While some might think rendering is reserved for modernising a dated 1970s, 80s or 90s brick home, it can have the same transformative result for a new build.

According to VM Building Director Chris Agostino, rendering is the process of encapsulating the external walls with a mixture of sand, cement and lime – this is then used as a base layer to provide subsequent coatings as part of an overall system such as paint or acrylic texture.

“This provides numerous aesthetic options over traditional brick, with thousands of colours and textures available, dependent on the client’s requirements,” he said.

In addition to the design and look of a rendered house, Mr Agostino said rendering could improve the thermal insulation of your home and protect the original brickwork from erosion.

“Rendering can extend the lifespan of your walls, encapsulating the home and protecting it from the elements,” he said. “Because there is an extra layer added, this could lead to a slightly more energy-efficient home.”

Much like other components of building upkeep, there is always maintenance to be done to a rendered home to avoid cracks and deterioration.

“There are still care and maintenance requirements with render systems, based on the manufacturer’s requirements. This can include washing down once or twice a year to prevent the build up of dirt and mould on the surface,” Mr Agostino said.

With various mortar coatings possible in new builds, Mr Agostino said there was often uncertainty surrounding plastering, bagging and rendering.

Often confused with plastering, render offers a similar smooth surface and, while the two are made with the same ingredients of cement, sand, water and lime, render is thicker and weather-resistant.

“The difference between a render finish and a bagged plaster finish is the technique in which the applicator finishes the wall,” Mr Agostino said.

“A bagging finish can provide a totally different look for the home simply by using a different finishing technique that is not as commonly seen in Perth homes.”

Mr Agostino said plaster was often used indoors and in areas not exposed to the effects of wind, rain and sun.

“Plaster is used on internal walls and ceilings to create the smoothest finish possible – it’s much easier to clean this way and decorate the walls with paint,” he said.

No matter what look you have in mind for your facade, Mr Agostino said VM Building offered various render choices and mixed elements to stand out amongst the streetscape, including timber, glass and stainless steel.

“VM Building offers a wide range of acrylic texture options in line with client requirements, which typically involve the use of the Dulux Acratex range,” he said.

CONTACT VM Building, 9446 9779, www.vmbuilding.com.au

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