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’, which means that it is applied on top of a basecoat at just a few millimetres thick. Silicone render is becoming ever more popular these days, so in today’s blog post we’re going to explaining a little bit about it.
Why choose Silicone Render?
There are many big advantages to using silicone Render – 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 render 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. (for an idea of the cost of silicone render per square metre, read our dedicated blog post here)
- 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 it 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.
If you are interested in downloading an install guide you can click here.
Different types of Silicone Render
You will have noticed that we offer several types of Silicone Render:
- EWI-040 Silicone Silicate Render
- EWI-075 Silicone Render
- EWI-076 Premium Bio Silicone Render
- EWI-077 Nano Drex Silicone Render
All of these renders are manufactured by EWI Pro who specialise in this type of thin coat render.
There are 3 key characteristics that all silicone renders display, they are hydrophobic (repel water), they are breathable and they are flexible and as you go down the list (i.e. from EWI-040 to EWI-075 and so forth) the renders show higher levels of these characteristics so basically you are getting a better product.
What does Silicone Render cost?
Each of the silicone renders has a different price point which you can see below, but it is worth mentioning that all silicone renders are going to cost more than acrylic render, because you are getting a vastly superior product.
Typically though, since a bucket of the 1.5m grain render covers 10m2, when you consider the other products required like basecoat and mesh, you are going to be paying between £10 – £15 per m2 – which is comparable to monocouche / scratch renders.
How much thin coat 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 the Silicone renders from EWI Pro . As mentioned the specialise in Silicone renders and also they are well priced and offer all of the advantages we have mentioned above. Plus we offer colour tinting and next day delivery on this product.
Where can I purchase Silicone Render?
You can buy our EWI Pro Silicone Render via our store – just click on the item below AND as a little thank you for visiting our website, simply use the code ‘SiliconeR’ at checkout to get a 15% discount to Silicone Render applied to your basket.
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 order a free colour chart, 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.
You can buy EWI Pro Silicone Render online, in-store or by giving us a call. For any further questions, we are always happy to help so leave a comment down below!