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Render Cost & Prices 2023

Rendering is used to protect external walls and brickwork from the weather.

It is usually made up of a mixture of sand, cement and aggregate. This is then applied to the external wall to create a protective layer.

There are many different styles of rendering available, each with different costs associated with it.

This article will cover what different types of rendering cost, factors that affect the cost and other information related to rendering.

Average Cost Per m²

Below is a breakdown of the labour and material costs that make up a render cost. Costs are based within a South East location.

ItemLabour Cost Per m²Material Cost Per m²Total Cost Per m²
Cement Render£27£11£38
Through Colour Render£33£22£55
Drydash Render£27£24£51
Lime Render£27£23£50
Polymer Render£27£34£61
Acrylic Render£30£34£64
Monocouche Render£30£40£70
Painting Render£7£3£10

You aren’t required to paint all types of render, but the painting costs need to be added on top of the render m² if it is needed.

Total Cost 

Based on the m² prices above, this corresponds to the different types of houses below. Generally, the higher the m² coverage needed, the lower the figure within the range.

Description of WorkRender AreaTotal Cost
Terraced House (2 faces rendered): 5m x 7m x 6m 70m²£2300 - £4600
Semi Detached House (3 faces rendered): 6m x 8m x 6m 120m²£4000 - £7920
Detached House(4 faces rendered): 7m x 9m x 6m192m²£6200 - £12000

Factors That Affect the Cost of Rendering

  • The thickness of render chosen. 10mm thick application cheaper than a 13mm thick application for example.
  • Whether the render needs painting. Where paint required will incur additional cost than where not.
  • Location. The prices quoted in the table above apply for the South East or Outer London area. The adjustments below can be used to calculate costs in your area.

Region% Adjustment
South East (Southampton, Oxford, Kent, Outer London)0
Inner London+4%
South West (Bristol, Exeter)-4%
West Midlands (Birmingham)-10%
East Midlands (Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester)-10%
East Anglia (Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich)-5%
North West (Liverpool, Manchester)-12%
Yorkshire and Humberside (Leeds, Sheffield)-11%
North East (Newcastle, Sunderland)-10%
Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow)-6%
Wales (Cardiff, Swansea)-9%
Northern Ireland (Belfast)-12%

Which Render Should I Choose?

Cement Render

Cement render is very durable and stronger than lime. They are the most cost-effective solution compared to other types of render and quickly. This makes them one of the most popular types of render used.

However, a cement render like Portland render is very rigid and can crack/break easily. This makes it less suitable for older houses.

Lime Render

Lime render is a very breathable material. This means it can expand and contract on the surface of any building, making it a popular choice for wooden and older buildings.

Polymer Render

This is a new render. It used a silicone water repellent than easily repels water on the surface whilst allowing water vapour to pass through. This lets the substrate beneath it expand and contract easily.

Although it is less popular than cement and lime render, it can be a good alternative for many brick and wooden homes.

Monocouche Render

Monocouche render is a new render that doesn’t need a base coat. It is a good render to protect the wall from the elements whilst allowing a different visual style.

They can be used in various colours by adding lime and polymer renders.

Acrylic Render

Acrylic render is used to add an additional finishing rendering coat to the previous renders. Because it contains aggregates, it provides a texture that isn’t flat. It helps seal the render and the surface beneath it. It also hides defects well.

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.