The two main types of render that we stock are silicone renders and monocouche renders, both of which provide a decorative finish on the external walls of a property. Choosing different renders (whether it’s monocouche or thin coat) can mean that your property gains different advantages and a variety of decorative finishes.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to be discussing the key differences between monocouche render and thin coat render and hopefully it will help with the decision-making process if you are torn between the two!

Monocouche Render

There are a wide variety of monocouche renders available on the market (we stock EWI Pro, Weber and Parex), the key characteristic of this render being that it is a through-coloured, thick coat render. Monocouche render is very often compared to sand and cement render, and although monocouche does contain cement it is actually very different in terms of texture and characteristics.

Monocouche renders tend to offer a more chalky finish than other renders. To provide the finished texture, the render is usually scraped to create a pitted effect. Available in a range of colours (bright or natural), it’s a very popular choice for homeowners who are looking for a crisp, flat finish.

Silicone Render

Silicone render is a type of render that comes ready to use in buckets. It’s tinted within the bucket (like a paint) and can essentially come in any shade – at EWI Store we have special tinting equipment so we can match any RAL or NCS colour. The silicone render system can be used as a standalone system straight onto brick, or it can be applied onto external wall insulation boards to provide the decorative finish.

Because of the fact that silicone renders are ‘thin coat renders’ (which means they’re applied in a very thin layer on top of a reinforced basecoat), they have the advantage of being especially crack-resistant. The silicone properties within the render, coupled with the way the render is applied, means that it is very flexible and less likely to crack than the monocouche render. There are also a few other key advantages of using silicone-based renders, including breathability and self-cleaning capabilities.

The next question is to ask how much both of these will cost to install. We have a couple of blog posts ‘monocouche scratch render cost per m2‘ and ‘coloured render cost per m2,’ so check those out to get an idea of how much you’re looking at.

We offer a variety of silicone-based renders, including Premium Bio Silicone, Silicone and Silicone-Silicate. Give us a call if you are interested in giving them a go!

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