Common Types
of Rendering

The first step to successful rendering is selecting the most suitable product for the job. And to do that, you’ll need to understand the key differences between various types of rendering materials.

Depending on the substrate and degree of durability required, you’ll have a range of options to consider. Thankfully, our trusted specialists are on hand to recommend the right render supplies for your project. From acrylic and cement to polymer and lime, discover our most popular types of rendering below.

Acrylic Render

Need a stylish yet strong finish? Acrylic render (or also known as Acrylic Texture) is your answer. This type of rendering contains acrylic plastic for increased flexibility, making it an effective option for both internal and external surfaces. The added elasticity supports expansion and contraction to prevent cracks - a big bonus in volatile Australian weather. Acrylic render is also available in a spectrum of shades and textures, and can even be tinted to match your paint colour. It’s no wonder this wet render is fast becoming a favourite.

Benefits

  • Wide range of suitable substrates
  • Plenty of attractive finishes
  • Easy application
  • Minimal curing time
  • Flexibility means fewer cracks
  • Long-lasting weather resistance
  • Lets substrates breathe, keeping walls dry

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Cement
  • Previous render
  • Polystyrene
  • Painted walls

Acrylic Render

Need a stylish yet strong finish? Acrylic render (or also known as Acrylic Texture) is your answer. This type of rendering contains acrylic plastic for increased flexibility, making it an effective option for both internal and external surfaces. The added elasticity supports expansion and contraction to prevent cracks - a big bonus in volatile Australian weather. Acrylic render is also available in a spectrum of shades and textures, and can even be tinted to match your paint colour. It’s no wonder this wet render is fast becoming a favourite.

Benefits

  • Wide range of suitable substrates
  • Plenty of attractive finishes
  • Easy application
  • Minimal curing time
  • Flexibility means fewer cracks
  • Long-lasting weather resistance
  • Lets substrates breathe, keeping walls dry

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Cement
  • Previous render
  • Polystyrene
  • Painted walls

Cement Render

Appropriate for most applications, Cement render is the most commonly used mixture of all. A cost-effective combination of cement, water, sand, and lime, this durable render provides an attractive exterior finish at a particularly affordable price. Traditionally applied to even out coarse surfaces, cement render mix is available in a range of textures, which vary according to how fine the sand.

Benefits

  • Cost effective
  • Appropriate for any substrate
  • Weather resistant
  • Refines rough surfaces
  • Wide range of available colours
  • Smooth or textured finishes

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Paint
  • Stone

Lime Based Render

If you’re planning to render old walls, we strongly recommend using lime render. Comprising one part lime to three parts sand, lime render has been used on various surfaces for decades. That’s because it’s the most flexible and breathable render material on the market, expanding and contracting along with any building movements. With its porous nature supporting structural stability, lime render can give your tired walls a new lease on life.

Benefits

  • Beautiful appearance
  • Boosts structural stability
  • Weather resistant
  • Quick curing process
  • Simple repairs

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Clay
  • Plasterboard
  • Stone

Cement Render

Appropriate for most applications, Cement render is the most commonly used mixture of all. A cost-effective combination of cement, water, sand, and lime, this durable render provides an attractive exterior finish at a particularly affordable price. Traditionally applied to even out coarse surfaces, cement render mix is available in a range of textures, which vary according to how fine the sand.

Benefits

  • Cost effective
  • Appropriate for any substrate
  • Weather resistant
  • Refines rough surfaces
  • Wide range of available colours
  • Smooth or textured finishes

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Paint
  • Stone

Lime Based Render

If you’re planning to render old walls, we strongly recommend using lime render. Comprising one part lime to three parts sand, lime render has been used on various surfaces for decades. That’s because it’s the most flexible and breathable render material on the market, expanding and contracting along with any building movements. With its porous nature supporting structural stability, lime render can give your tired walls a new lease on life.

Benefits

  • Beautiful appearance
  • Boosts structural stability
  • Weather resistant
  • Quick curing process
  • Simple repairs

Suitable Substrates

  • Brick
  • Clay
  • Plasterboard
  • Stone

Polymer Render

Polymer render is a durable yet flexible form of cement rendering. Its added polymers work to prevent cracks, in turn bonding well to any surface - even when other types of rendering may not. With weather-resistant properties that reduce damage from the elements, polymer-modified cement render is often used for exterior walls. It’s also waterproof, serving as a smart solution for interior wet areas such as kitchens, laundries and bathrooms.

Benefits

  • Highly adhesive
  • No waterproofing required
  • Extremely weather resistant
  • Durable yet lightweight

Suitable Substrates

  • Clay
  • Cement
  • Concrete
  • Paint
  • Plaster
  • Polystyrene

Polymer Render

Polymer render is a durable yet flexible form of cement rendering. Its added polymers work to prevent cracks, in turn bonding well to any surface - even when other types of rendering may not. With weather-resistant properties that reduce damage from the elements, polymer-modified cement render is often used for exterior walls. It’s also waterproof, serving as a smart solution for interior wet areas such as kitchens, laundries and bathrooms.

Benefits

  • Highly adhesive
  • No waterproofing required
  • Extremely weather resistant
  • Durable yet lightweight

Suitable Substrates

  • Clay
  • Cement
  • Concrete
  • Paint
  • Plaster
  • Polystyrene

Tailored advice on types of rendering

Contact our specialists for recommendations on rendering materials for your project. We’ve been supplying render products to contractors and owner builders across Sydney for over 17 years.