When looking to modernise a brick home, many people choose to render.
Rendering can certainly provide a dramatic facelift. But it isn't the only way to modernise a brick home, can be a significant expensive, and introduce ongoing maintenance costs.
Would you recommend rendering a brick home?
Please let us know by voting in our poll on the Workshop front page. Feel free to explain your rationale by replying below.
Thanks again for joining in the discussion and sharing your knowledge and experience.
I think the tide has turned and the rendering fad is over. It can look good but you do see a lot of houses around where the render has cracked and it looks terrible. I think you should consider everything else first, such as painting trims, perhaps even replacing the guttering, and updating the roof. Painting the bricks instead of rendering can also be a good alternative - you get to keep the texture. And landscaping can also make a big difference to help modernise a home.
Totally agree @RenoQueen, I've seen plenty where the test of time has taken it's toll, even when professionally done at the build process. Then there're the monstrosities, where again, even if professionally done to perfection, it simply doesn't suit the style of the house. YUCK!!!
There are cost savings to be made, where DIYers can 'ava go themselves, & it's not that hard. I attended a Bunnings demo where they were showing a Dulux render finish that could be applied with a roller. It could be great, even if you only want a textured finish to the face of your exterior brickwork. For deeply raked mortar in your brickwork, I'd recommend bag wiping the walls first to fill them, & let it completely dry, for a day per 2mm thickness, before applying the finishing roll on render.
Here's a handy Dulux video:
There's no mention if a colouring oxide can be added to the mix to give a full depth of coat finish, so it might be worth asking Dulux if it's possible. Bear in mind that they'll probably want you to paint the render (they make their money selling paint), but regardless, press them for an answer. The reason I'm pushing the idea comes from where I mentioned earlier about professionally applied render at the build stage, the ones that had a painted finish, now look blotchy/ugly/neglected & shabby.
Do you have any photos you could share? It would be great to see both houses - particularly the 16-year-old example.
Here's a photo of the front of our house. Not bad for 16 years old...
Hopefully our new place at Culburra comes out looking the same.
WOW!!! @Henno that finish after 16 years, looks like its just been done.
You wouldn't happen to remember the brand name of that product, would you?
Hahahaha @Henno, you think you've got it bad.
First thing in the morning when I wake, I fit my teeth, feed the barking/screaming/acrobatic 4 legged boys, let them outside to foul our immaculate yard, then I dash to the toilet, put on glasses, have brekkie, & then as soon as possible, check the computer to see what month it is.