Here are some photos (below) of a coloured rendering job we did, in Ormskirk, Lancashire, although it is worth noting this service is also available across England, Wales and the southern regions of Scotland too.
This particular house was renovated externally by the use of a GRC coloured render which is a weatherproof, insulated, polymer-modified, coloured through render wall coating.
The majority of the exterior work that we get asked to do is usually paint based, although on some of our spray applied wall coating jobs, we often have to do render repairs, or even a full re-render on a house.
When we do that, it is usually using sand and cement type render, and then as that offers little weatherproof protection, we apply a waterproof and flexible coating on the top, but this system is a bit different.
So today we are going to learn a bit about the work we did, the benefits of having the render on your house, plus we are going to touch upon a bit of local knowledge, just to put the whole job into context.
A bit about Ormskirk before we start….
Ormskirk is a market town in the western part of Lancashire and by a quite surreal twist of fate, it is famous across the land for making gingerbread! There is even a yearly road race for charity called the gingerbread men, although I’m nowhere near fit enough to take part but it’s good to watch and raises lots of money for worthy causes.
By the way, the gingerbread here tastes lovely!
They also have a twice weekly market which is highly recommended and very popular with visitors from the surrounding towns and cities. It has some nice shops in the town, and there are a couple of parks which are well worth a walk around when the sun actually does shine! So that’s your whistle stop tout of where the job actually is, so let’s now talk about the work we did here.
The steps we took to install the render
OK, this is more or less what we started with.
The house had a coloured render already on the wall but the signs that we saw suggested that the tradesmen who originally did this, did not know what they were doing and the finish was not great, coupled with the fact that cracks had appeared, meaning the job had to be re-done, correctly, by us.
The first thing we did, was of course, remove the old render. We didn’t take a photo as ….er.. we thought a pile of rubble wouldn’t actually interest our regular readers!
So this is us applying the first “scratch” coat of render
As with most rendering jobs, exterior render cannot be applied in one coat, and in this case it is 2 coats, although on some stucco jobs, it can also take 3 coats.
Once we had applied the render to the wall, as the name suggests, we had to scratch a pattern in the drying render in order to give the top coat a good key.
Once this coat of render had been allowed to dry out, we came back the next day and started to mix up all that we needed to apply the coloured top coat.
Here we are applying it to the house
Once the render is “layed up0” onto the wall, we have to work it around with various plastering tools, just like normal render, in order to get a nice smooth finish and the next photo shows the team leader putting the finishing touches to the wall.
And here are some “after” images.
Here is another view of the property but from a different angle.
A summary of the work we did
- We first removed any bad coating or paint that is on the wall as part of the overall preparation.
- We then Apply a polymer modified scratch render coating.
- Then a reinforced mesh is literally pushed into the still damp and pliable render to give added strength.
- Then the plasterer applies the coloured top coat, known as a “through render”.
- The top coat is smoothed out and a light pattern is achieved with a special “flat” trowel.
- Then the scaffolding is removed, and lo and behold, your new weatherproofed and protected house, completely maintenance free.
And finally what did our customer think of the work?
Well this is him, in the green top, with a big smile on his face!
This render system is equivalent to all the major brands such as K-rend, Weber etc, and comes fully guaranteed.