Why render my home?
So, first things first, what are the benefits or rendering your home? Rendering your home has many advantages, from protecting the brickwork from damp and damage, to modernising the outside aesthetics of your house. Rendering your home may also offer another layer of insulation, keeping your home warmer in the winter months and reducing energy bills.
What is so great about silicone renders?
Silicone renders are growing in popularity due their unique properties over other types of render. Silicone renders are breathable, flexible, hydrophobic, and self-cleaning!
The breath-ability of you render is important because it means that if moisture ever manages to get behind your render, it will be able to get out again, whereas if your render was not breathable, the moisture would stay behind the render, and potentially cause damage to your walls and render.
Houses tend to swell in the summer and shrink in the winter months which can cause your render to crack. Cracking is not just worrisome for aesthetic reasons as cracks will create a moisture pathway for rain and moisture to get behind the render system. Once there, moisture can penetrate deeper and cause further cracking. The flexibility that silicone render offers, means that it is very resistant to cracking, more so than any other render and will stand the test of time.
As stated above, having moisture penetrate through your render can cause serious problems and damage, but luckily Silicone render is extremely waterproof. This causes water to bead up on the surface, and once this bead is heavy enough to run down, it will take dirt with it , meaning it is also self-cleaning! this will keep your render looking fresh long term.
Some silicone render products also contain cleaning agents which attack bio-growth like the ‘EWIPRO Premium Bio Silicone Render‘ which is ideal in high vegetation areas or areas with increased exposure to organic matter. This prevents bio-growth and keeps the render looking clean and fresh for longer.
Silicone renders come in a wide range of colours and grain sizes. This enables you to choose what textured finish you want. Thin coat renders can be applied to a thickness of 1mm -3mm which offers maximum flexibility and breath-ability. Coloured render enables you choose between more subtle or bold colours. With all these options you can customise your property the way you want it.
Silicone render is one of the newest and best performing renders which is reflected in the price as it is slightly more costly than the other types of render, however we would definitely recommend it because of its low maintenance and long lasting properties will save you time and money in the future. Silicone renders have a life expectancy of around 25 – 30 years depending on the quality of application.
Silicone renders come pre-mixed which means that the product will always be mixed to a consistent ratio and wont vary from pot to pot. Silicone render is also one of the easiest renders to apply. This product has a lot to offer for both ease of application and for quality and appearance.