What is silicone render?
There are many different types of render on the market, all with different properties. The range includes older sand-cement style renders, to scratch renders, and thin coat renders. Silicone render is a thin coat render at just a few millimetres thick, applied on top of a base coat. Silicone is becoming ever more popular these days; why is this?
Why choose silicone render?
There are many big advantages to using silicone. There really is little competition when it comes to quality of finish. Let’s take a look at some of the major advantages:
- Silicone is breathable – Where cement and acrylic renders completely seal off the wall and prevent it from breathing, silicone is very breathable.
- Silicone is self coloured – Unlike other renders that must be painted after curing, silicone has the colour mixed into it, meaning just one coat and the job is done. Having the render pre-coloured means that it lasts longer and won’t show if it is scratched, as the colour runs through the whole top-coat.
- Silicone is easy to apply – Where other renders have a painting stage, thin coats can be done in just a few hours on a properly prepared wall. Despite a slightly higher cost, your job will be done in much less time than a traditional render.
- Above all else, silicone looks great! It leaves the property looking like a new house.
How is silicone render applied?
Silicone is a one-application thin coat render. It is dead easy for a qualified renderer to apply this render to a fully prepared wall. On a typical wall, a basecoat should be applied to create a strong, stable and level surface with which to render. Once the base coat has dried, the silicone can be applied using a plastic float to create a thin and smooth finish.The thickness of the silicone top coat should be the same as the grain size of the render. SO a 1.5mm silicone render will be 1.5mm thick on the wall. The layer has to be applied in one go on each elevation otherwise you could end up with patches and lines where the render has been joined.
What does silicone render cost?
Silicone render is slightly more expensive than acrylic, but the extra cost is really worth it because you get a much better performance. You can find our current prices on the website, but you may be surprised at how inexpensive it works out once you have factored in the savings you will make with a thin coat render.
How much silicone render do you need for a typical house?
This is going to come down to the area of wall you are looking to cover. The render comes in 25kg pre-mixed buckets, and each bucket at our standard 1.5mm finish will cover around 8 square metres of wall. For an average semi-detached house of say, 80m, you are looking at around 10 buckets of render. If you go for a finer grain size of 1mm, the render will go further, covering 11-12m of wall each. Thicker 2mm render will cover less area, so you need to take this into account when you are working out the quantities you need.
Who makes silicone render?
There are several brands available on the market, but we recommend EWI Pro Silicone and Silicone Silicate render. They are well priced and offer all of the advantages we have mentioned above. Plus we offer colour tinting and next say delivery on this product.
Where can I purchase silicone render?
You can buy EWI Pro Silicone render via our store here.
Can I get silicone render in cream, grey and magnolia?
The great thing about EWI Pro Silicone render is that there is a huge range of colours available to choose from. You can use the colour chart on this site to pick your colour and this will be mixed up and sent out to you the next day in most cases, using our own delivery drivers, not couriers.