How much does a quote cost?

There is no charge for quoting a job, we are happy to meet with you and discuss the details needed to price the work.

How is cement rendering priced?

The best way to price a job is to meet up with the client at the proposed job site. Cement render is measured in square metres for large flat straight walls internally and externally. There may be variations when it comes to windows doorways and large opening. Depending on detail of render, some areas may also be priced per linear metre or a general day rate will be applied. All of this will be explained in detail while viewing the job.

How long does it take to render a home?

Depending on how many square metres there are in the home, but a general guide for a 3 bedroom single story home will take 5-8 days externally and 5-8 days internally. For a 2 story home the time may be double depending on scaffolding structure.

What are the typical trading hours?

Monday to fridays the general work hours are between 7am-3.30pm. Weekends may vary depending on council regulations

What different styles of render are there?

There are many style of rendering that we do, mostly depending on the client or style of existing home, but nothing is impossible with our many years of experience and expertise. Some examples of our existing styles are; Classic render, Oxide colouring, Trowelled Splatter finish, Render Bag, Old English Style, Granosite – Sandcoate, Wet Wall Plaster Set.

How long do you wait until painting?

A general rule of at least 5-6 weeks should be applied before painting, to allow all moisture to dry from the walls.

How long do you wait until water proofing?

Generally 5-6 weeks, or until the walls begin to receive a pale dry colour.

What materials go into render mix?

A combination of sand, cement clay and water to the ratio of 8:2:1 to create a consistent smooth texture is to applied onto walls. Different qualities of sand will create a different texture.

Does it fall off?

With Northside Cement Rendering, we prepare the walls to ensure maximum tackiness before applying the render onto walls. The key to ensure durable render, comes down to knowing how to prepare the walls, that is one of the difference between us and other companies.

What to look for when choosing a renderer

When deciding on having your house rendered, it is essential to do a bit of research about the job at hand, so that when you get a few cement renderers to quote the job you are equipt to ask them all the necessary questions to determine if they are qualified to do the job. By doing this you will eliminate the good from the bad, and have a better understanding exactly who you are going to be dealing with. This will eliminate the heart ache at the end of the rendered job. 

A few questions that you might want to ask them are:

How many years experience do you have?

Cement rendering is a type of trade that is physically seen, which can make or break the look of a house from being appealing to absolutely destroy the look of a home. So in saying that “it’s all about the quality” and quality workmanship these day can be hard to come by, especially with a trade like cement rendering where in cases depending on the person, the skill to produce quality consistent work can take many years to develop. So when consulting with a cement renderer is important to ask how many years they have been doing the trade for, how, and by who they were actually taught by. Generally speaking the longer they have been working in the trade the better, as cement rendering is such a trade in which it has not changed much over the decades.

Ask what jobs they have done recently?

An important question when consulting with a cement renderer is to ask them what are their most recent works. For example if they say that they have just recently finished rendering a block of 50 units, more than likely they are use to getting the bigger unit contracts, which more than likely suggests they have many renderers and labourers working in their team. Now this can be great if you are wanting a whole block of units to be rendered, as you know they have experience dealing with units, they will be generally quicker to finish the job, and more than likely a fair bit cheaper. But if you were building yourself a quality home, or needed a cement renderer for you renovation home, it would be advised not necessarily to choose the most cheapest, or the quickest cement renderers in town. The good old saying applies “You get what you pay for” especially when dealing with cement renderers. So it is important to ask for their most recent works, even if you can ask them to show you, or perhaps drive past a home which they have rendered will give you a good indication of the quality you should expect.

When can you start?

When dealing with a cement renderer, one of the common issues that many home owners and builders come across is renderers committing to a start date and not following through with it. This may be something to note for the owner or builder, not to book in other trades following the cement renderer too early as it may end up upsetting a whole line of trades. A good cement renderer should be clear as to when he and his team will start and have a predicted finish date giving or taking a day, considering the weather is well and other trades have finished before him. If the cement renderer has arrived on start date and completed within the required time specified, then this will just add to your overall experience of dealing with cement renderers and building experience, and should be a good indication to refer him or keep on using him for future jobs. To sum up “Time is money” so if your trades can all start at the specified time, it will end up saving you money in the long run.

Dealing with dampness of bricks and brick areas

Before cement rendering can begin, a site inspection should be done around the jobsite looking for areas of dampness. Dampness can occur when moisture builds up into the brick work due to heavy rain. Usually if a house needs to be rendered and there is no roof or shelter covering the brickwork, a good idea is to check the walls by looking for patches of wet spots where water from the rain cannot escape from. If this evident, rendering the particular wall should not begin until the moisture has evaporated or escaped from the wall. If you decide to begin rendering the wall, it is recommended to apply a coat on in the early morning, as this will ensure you have enough time to finish the wall by the end of the working day. The wall will need constant care and monitoring as certain areas of the wall will dry at different times.