Exterior rendering is the term most commonly used for an exterior plaster finish which is applied to the facade and external walls of a building.
It consists of a mixture of sand and cement that is applied to the exterior walls of a building as a protective layer against the elements, adding both insulation and a waterproof coat to the building.
Rendering can also be used to cover up damaged or unsightly brickwork, breeze blocks, old pebble dashing or to insulate a timber frame construction. It can also be manipulated to create either a smooth or patterned and textured decorative finishes to the external wall surfaces of a building.
Capital Plastering Ireland are able to completely rejuvenate and transform the look of a building with this remarkable ‘make-over’ technique, giving new life to what may have become a jaded and dated building.
At Capital Plastering Ireland we use a two coat process
This is the base layer that forms the bond between the existing brickwork or surface wall and the new surface render that is used to cover over the blemishes and create a smooth surface for the top coat to be applied to.
The top coat is a sand and cement render of a fine consistency which enables the rendering to be finished with a smooth, even and waterproof external layer. Once this layer has dried it is then ready for painting.
At Capital Plastering Ireland we also offer a service for rendering plinths, a vital part of protecting the exterior facade of your property from damp. The plinth forms a break between the rendered walls and ground level, it is designed to reduce the likelihood of damp affecting your property below the damp course, so it is important to make sure that they are rendered and maintained by a skilled professional.
Plinths typically last about 40 years, but because of their protective function are the most likely part of a building to suffer from damp, so regular checks are advisable.