Rendering is a messy old business; indeed, your blogger has tried it on more than one occasion, and believe me, it’s an art that I haven’t mastered – and never will. But to watch an expert do it is a joy; they make it look so easy and they don’t cover themselves with the stuff either.
On a more serious note, though, Britain is facing a crisis in the construction industry, with skilled plasterers and other trades in short supply. Seven percent of trades people left the industry last year alone, complaining that wages had dropped by around 40 percent since the start of the recession. However, it’s apparently good news now for the best brickies and plasterers around – with a recent survey showing they are earning up to £100,000 a year – which also means they must be expensive to hire.
So, then, if that cracked or blown render is making your house look a bit scruffy, you’ll either discover it’s impossible to find a plasterer to put the damage right, or you will balk at the price – though this is where Plastic Surgeon can help, because it is possible to make good a surface if the damage isn’t too extensive.
Our Finishers can carry out render repairs quite easily: dealing with smallish areas that have been gouged or broken away. They will create a hole –cutting the sand and cement, silica or acrylic material out until the sound substrate beneath it is found. This area is then filled utilizing Plastic Surgeon’s System 140, developed specifically for render repairs, which is a cementitious based monocouche render that is through-coloured and can be applied in a single coat up to 25 mm thick.
Any depth greater than this and the Finisher will initially utilize products from the company’s extensive stone repair range to build it out, which will ensure maximum stability to the repair.
System 140 offers a choice of 10 basic dry powders for the Finisher to mix together to match the original shade of the damaged render. Unusual or bright colours, meanwhile, can be ordered from the manufacturer; meaning that however difficult you might feel it would be to colour-coordinate your particular repair, it’s always worth checking with us first.
But it’s not just the colour that is important – our Finishers have also been trained to ensure that the surface texture and reflectance matches the original surface, which can be achieved in a variety of ways. To produce a very smooth surface, the blades with which we apply the System 140 are often used to ‘polish’ the new material, while different effects can be obtained with tools varying from a sponged applicator to a wooden float or filling knife.
Stating the obvious, our repair expertise with a difficult material like render is infinitely sustainable, less messy and disruptive – and could save a fortune compared to hacking off the whole elevation and starting again.That’s something our Finishers don’t get involved with so, unfortunately, you’ll have to try and catch up with one of those plasterers in their Porsches.