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The craze for coloured rendering on houses


Coloured render is the name given to the coating products applied on exterior walls of modern buildings. The coloured render product is normally mixed with a coloured pigment when being manufactured.

This means that the coating applied to the exterior takes the desired colour the owner wants to achieve rather than having to apply coloured paints on top of a finished wall, as is the case with the traditional way of decorating exterior walls.

Why Should You Opt for Coloured Rendering?

One of the main reasons you should opt for a coloured render product over the traditional way of decorating exterior walls through paint is that it is low maintenance since it doesn’t call for repainting.

From what I read over at Render Hero who carry out house rendering, manufacturers add polymers to the coloured rendered products, which makes them more durable and more resistant to weather elements. Some silicone-based products have the added benefit of making your wall water-resistant since they are made to repel water while allowing your walls to breathe.

What Are The Different Types Of Coloured Rendering?

Coloured rendering, although available in different branded products, come in different types;

Monocouche Coloured Render

The monocouche render is a dry cement powder that has coloured pigments. This popular rendering system provides great breathability and is often compared to traditional sand and cement render.

Monocouche means a single layer of coating since it is just one coat render designed for blocks or bricks, although you may need to apply an undercoat sometimes.

Unlike other coloured renders, Monocouche renders tend to have a chalky finish and are scraped to achieve a more finished texture.

Available in different colours, this render is a popular choice among homeowners who want a flat, modernized finish.

Why Opt for Monocouche Coloured Render?

Monocouche is a great choice for your house exterior thanks to;

  • The convenience it offers. It is very easy to apply Monocouche render since, in most cases, it doesn't require the application of any paint once rendered, and the outcome will still be amazing

  •  Being weatherproof. These renders are made to be strong, no matter the weather. In most cases, they are normally weatherproof and waterproof, which means your exterior walls will still look good for years to come

  •  It is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, which means you will most likely find a finish that suits your style

  • Offering great insulation, which in turn saves your heating bills

  • Its durability. Monocouche render can last for over a decade, and the colours rarely fade

Silicone Rendering

Silicone render is a cement-based render with silicone water resistance. The silicone technology is meant to permit water vapour to pass through the render for purposes of breathability while repealing water. This means your walls will remain dry, even when humidity is high or after a good pressure washing.

Available in a wide range of colours, silicone rendering gives your house a natural, modernized outlook. It is quite pricier than Monocouche and takes longer application time since you have to give it time to cure before scrapping it. This also means more labour cost. However, it is worth noting that it is not crack-resistant, although durable and hard-wearing, and thus unsuitable for a property that is prone to movement.

Why Opt to Use Silicone Render?

Silicone rendering offers a number of distinct advantages, with the biggest of all relating to its hydrophobic feature that makes it self-cleaning.

It is also very flexible and highly breathable, which means your building will stay dry and waterproof

It tends to last longer compared to other coloured rendering materials, which means you will have a colourful, modern-looking wall for many years.

In addition, it is also convenient since you just need to apply one coat and the job will be complete. This eliminated the need for painting, and thus the cost of maintenance is reduced considerably.

Acrylic or Resin-based renders

Acrylic render is a resin-based render system that is not only durable but also water-resistant. Often used in render board systems, this rendering material is also applied to walls. Its flexibility makes it more resistant to cracking.

What's more, this type of render is available in a vast choice of colours, and you can use it to get a stronger and darker colour. However, it has poor breathability and thus can cause condensation issues. This makes it unsuitable in many circumstances.

Mineral-Based Renders

Advancement in technology has led to the invention of mineral-based renders. These types of renders have a quick drying time and thus great when there is an adverse weather condition.

If you want to apply render to an exterior wall in colder climates, then mineral render can be a great choice.


These are the main types of coloured rendering system for homes and commercial properties. It is important that you get professional advice when comparing different render systems you can use for your home.


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