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3mm Silicone Render vs. Tyrolean Render

When it comes to choosing a render finish, there are endless possibilities. Whether you’re looking to go for a smooth render effect or a rough textured render, we can offer a range of solutions. EWI Pro renders are very customisable, so if there’s a particular look that you really want to achieve then give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to do this!

Today we’re going to be looking at the method of application used to achieve a tyrolean render finish, compared with the application and finish of our 3mm Silicone Render. While no two products will look the same, you may find that the texture that these two renders can achieve is very similar.

Tyrolean Render

Tyrolean render is a traditional rendering technique used to apply a monocouche render to create a rough, textured appearance.

To achieve the tyrolean render finish, the monocouche render needs to be applied in two passes. The first pass is used purely for embedding Fibreglass Mesh and to create a smooth, reinforced surface; this layer will help to prevent cracks further down the line. A second pass of is then applied on top to bring the total thickness up, this is again smoothed over.

To create the tyrolean render finish, the render is then fine-sprayed onto the substrate using a tyrolean flicker gun to achieve a textured surface. The finish is comparable to roughcast, although this method of rendering does not require aggregates to create the texture. The great thing about the finished result is that it looks very natural, although applying render in this method can be time-consuming and therefore costly.

3mm Silicone Render

When compared to the work that goes into a tyrolean render finish, the 3mm Silicone Render looks pretty easy. EWI Pro Silicone Render comes in a range of grain sizes so that you can choose the kind of texture that you want to achieve, whether it’s very smooth or very rough. The added benefit of the silicone is that unlike monocouche, Silicone Render is applied in a very thin layer (between 1-3mm) on top of a reinforced basecoat.

The advantage of this is that the Silicone Render is very flexible (because it’s applied so thinly) and therefore the risk of cracking is significantly reduced. The other advantage of the Silicone Render is that it is through-coloured (like paint) and can be tinted to create almost any shade, so you’re able to choose very natural colours.

Bearing in mind, the monocouche render is a dry-mix render, so the finished result is always going to be slightly different, but you can achieve a very similar texture using a 3mm grain size – the 3mm render looks almost roughcast.

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