Some examples of generic substrate terms include: masonry, off-form concrete, expanded polystyrene, extruded polystyrene, EPS, brick, block, blue board, fibre cement sheeting, hebel, aerated concrete, insitu formwork…

A substrate is a solid substance or medium to which another substance is applied and to which that second substance adheres. In our corner of the construction world this commonly relates to the material used to build the walls and provide the background for coating systems.

Today’s market contains an ever-evolving assortment of substrates as well as a complex range of varying qualities between the same types & even brands of material. It is crucial to use the correct products that promote system integrity, durability, longevity and appealing aesthetics.

Modern manufactured renders and texture coatings are specifically designed to complement the full system and are continually evolving in response to common trade and project challenges when working with different substrates. Similarly a system is developed using a combination of products to reduce the consequences of these challenges.
• Products are deliberately developed in response to the introduction of a specific substrate or a variation to an existing substrate to support adequate adhesion and technical properties.
• Improved product combinations produce a system that enhances the aesthetics of challenging substrates. E.g. peaking of joints on blue board, reduction of the evidence of surface cracking.
• Enhanced product workability assists to match time constraints and in turn promote further efficiency without compromising quality and reliability.
• Products and systems are designed to better endure environmental, geographical and climatic conditions
• Improved options have been established to counter the often testing existence of architectural intricacies, decorative trends and projects with adjoining composite materials.

These examples are among an array of reasons to gain the correct technical advice in the choice, application and combination of products to best achieve a successful outcome for all parties dependent on the substrate and budget.

Be aware that some substrate manufacturers have all the marketing material to sell their product and yet neglect to coordinate fundamental components (e.g. coating systems) integral to the project outcome. Coating manufacturers are required to ensure products and systems meet the requirements the substrate properties demand for both decorative and technical purposes. Applicators are required to keep abreast of the latest technologies.

The team at Render Texture Panels knows substrates! This is due to our trade and manufacturing backgrounds along with close and conscious relationships with both substrate and coating manufacturers and the contractors in the field providing technical feedback and expertise.

Qualified and experienced Renderers have the foundation of skill to adapt to what the industry throws their way but like any profession it makes sense to seek consistent information and improve their development as the construction industry evolves. This information is also useful to all parties concerned when considering the expected level of finish required. The correct technical information can ensure the products adhere and perform technically even when the overall finish is compromised by budget constraints.

Contact RTP for the correct system over the choice of building substrates used on your next project. You never know – there might just be an even better way.