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Lime Render vs Cement Render

Art Deco solid wall house, damaged by cement renders and thick textured plastic coating.

A good quality lime render will allow walls to breathe. Renders made with lime are much less prone to cracking than cement renders.

Lime render also looks more in keeping with period houses. A good quality lime render can last for many decades Choosing the correct material for a lime render such as the base coat strength, can be a complicated business.

Natural Hydraulic Lime renders (NHL) are available in  different strengths and when it comes to setting behave more like cement renders.

Mature lime putty renders can be made without cement or NHL lime by using pozzolans which set the mortar.

Remember lime renders are not a waterproof coating they absorb moisture and then allow it to dry out. It’s important especially if the walls are prone to water ingress (, exposed S/W orientation,  thin solid brick walls, old barn conversions, double brick solid wall)

All4walls will make sure your lime render allows your walls to breathe but will keep the wind and rain out

Depending on the wall type it may be better to specify a 15-20mm thick 3-coat render, with nylon mesh or hair reinforcement.

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  • Here we remove cement render and textured paint
  • We then apply a new soft white 15mm thick white-coloured lime render
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