About Coloured Render: White and Other Colours
A render colour is a coloured coating that can be applied to interior or exterior walls and surfaces. You can think of it as the final coating of the plastering process – the colour render topcoat that everyone will see. It gives the surface a smooth, solid feel. There are several different types of render, including cement, gypsum, and lime sand.
Render finishes have several benefits, including:
- Unique aesthetic qualities
- Waterproofing qualities
- Reflective qualities
Render, both with and without colour can be applied in conjunction with:
- Stainless steel trowel
- Render corner bead
- Mesh corner beads
- PVC stop bead
- White corner bead
- Foam adhesive bead
- Foam guns bead
- White stop bead
Render also offers external wall insulation.
There are two main types of render finish, coloured render and painted render.
Coloured Render Versus Painted Render
The coloured render has a plastic look that goes well with many different building materials, including brick and stone. It also adds additional texture and strength to walls. It is particularly good for protecting older bricks and stones from weathering and erosion.
Painted render, on the other hand, has a more artificial look. This is simply due to the process of painting over top of the render. However, if the artificial look is not a detractor, then the benefit of painted render is that paint can be easily changed over time. This provides increased freedom to alter the aesthetics of the building whenever one chooses.
Another benefit of coloured render is its integrated mould inhibitors which prevent mould growth for a minimum of five years. Painted renders don’t have these mould inhibiting qualities, which means that in humid climates, painted renders can start to show black mould spots within a few months if extra precautions aren’t taken.
Painted render isn’t as durable as coloured render, and has a maximum lifespan of around 10 years. Whereas coloured renders generally last between 30 and 40 years before needing to be redone.
Coloured render is more expensive than painted render. However, most people consider the benefits of coloured renders, such as the ease of upkeep, long lifespan, and superior aesthetic qualities to be a bargain for its price.
Choosing a Render Colour
When it comes time to choosing a rendered colour, there are a few things to consider:
- Practical colours
- Does the area to be rendered consist of different levels?
- Will the render be featured alongside another material, such as stone, timber, or brick?
- Are there other exterior features to consider complementing, such as an outdoor pool, large trees, or the surrounding landscape?
White and other light coloured renders reflect the sun and heat in the summer, whereas darker colours absorb heat. Just beware of going with pure white, as it can be blindingly white in the sun.
If the rendering area consists of different levels, you could consider contrasting multiple shades of dark and light render to create focal points in the facade. This can create an interesting, modern look on a home’s exterior.
Adding an additional material to the mix, such as stone, timber or brick can take this contrast to the next level in wonderful ways. You can even leave a pattern of bricks exposed against the coloured render to create a bold interest point.
If you are complimenting the exterior of a house with a home pool, then a subdued grey colour can look stunning against the clear blue water. On the other hand, a light, bright coloured render looks sharp against natural timber.
Most Popular Render Colours
While light render colours have been popular for a long time, darker home exteriors are gaining popularity. They are also a wonderful way to naturally retain heat in cool climates. One popular technique is to choose a dark render and to accent trimmings with a light coloured render.
Another popular trend is to mix rendered walls with natural material accents, such as stone, timber, and brick. If you are working with dark coloured brick, then a light, neutral coloured render creates a striking look – consider a light dove grey.
Matching a home’s exterior to the natural surroundings is another growing trend in popular architecture and design. To do this requires taking a step back (quite literally), and observing the bigger picture. You can start by considering if the surrounding colours are warm or cool in tone. You can also choose to draw on certain natural colours to draw focus, such as running water, leaves, mountains, or other natural terrains.
We’re happy to discuss the features of coloured render and make recommendations on rendering colour schemes for your walls. Contact us to receive a free, no-obligation quote.