F.A.Q.

We hope to answer some of the more frequently asked questions below.

Q. WHAT IS RENDERING AND WHY WOULD I NEED IT?

A. Rendering can be the solution to many problems with your home. It is generally

recognised to be a real cure for penetrating damp.

It can also help save you money in the long run, improve the look of the

house, and more depending on the type of render.

 

 

Does your house suffer from any of the following :

  • Cracked or hollow rendering, tyrolean or pebbledash?

  • Mouldy, green and dirty walls, mildew or condensation?

  • High home heating bills and cold internal walls?

  • Looking to add value to your home?

  • Frequent exterior re-painting, costing you money each time?

  • Penetrating damp, wet patches or stains on the wall?

  • Rough or uneven surfaces, giving the house a scruffy look?

  • Scars from previous alterations or bodged DIY?

  • Struggling to sell your house?

If so then please call our friendly team on 01902 498 953,

or use our contact page by clicking here.

Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

A. The prices listed below are given as a rough guide for a standard semi-detached house. (3x straight sides. no gable)

Render can vary in cost depending on the system and materials used. Each quote that is provided may fluctuate depending on the cost of labour, materials, scaffolding etc.

SAND AND CEMENT

A standard semi detached house in a basic sand and cement would be in the region of £2500 - £3500 and then this would require regular painting as well.

Basic sand and cement with a painted finish is the cheapest option. This requires all existing render to be knocked off and this will cause damage to the brick faces / substrate.

Variance in mix, will produce surface cracks due to being a hand mixed product. The surface would have to be painted every few years to maintain a good condition.

HIGH POLYMER / SILICONE

A high polymer / silicone system that comes with a guarantee of 15 years and finished (no painting required) would be £4500 - £6000. The benefits of a high polymer / silicone system far outweigh that of sand and cement, because there is no need to knock off any solid render, as these modern materials are designed specifically to infill and overcoat the existing substrate.

The manufacturers we purchase our render from, have laboratories that are constantly testing their products to maintain the highest quality, and they also guarantee the mix consistent as its manufactured in a controlled environment.

 

INSULATION

While the initial cost seems more, you will benefit from a warmer home, and reduced bills permanently and although the Government figures show a general cost of £9000 - £14,000, Ecotex are pleased to be able to give a price indication on a standard semi detached of £6500 - £8500. This includes a fully insulated top of the range system with a 25 year guarantee. (Insurance backed guarantee's available).

Ecotex became the highest rated installer in the local area for installing insulation, and we continue to maintain our high standard.

Q. HOW DO I GET A QUOTE OR ROUGH PRICE?

A. We can provide rough estimations from photo's and google streetview, but as you can understand, these would just be guide costings. As each building and structure is unique in its own way, we would always need to send out a surveyor most of the time to provide a proper quotation. Click here if you would like a price.

Q. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RENDER?

A.

SAND AND CEMENT

Ecotex no longer uses sand and cement, and neither do housing associations and the local councils.

It can crack easily, it sucks water in which can add to damp problems, and is mixed by hand, so the mix is never consistent which can lead to cracks appearing very early on.

Most other types of render are now thoroughly tested and controlled for consistency by highly qualified staff, some with PHD's, and all the materials have to pass strict testing before being put to market. Sand and cement does not get tested.

Whilst sand and cement is at first glance the cheaper option, this is your home, possibly one of the single biggest purchases of your lifetime, take the time to think about it, do you want your render to last?

Here at Ecotex we will work with you to help you invest in your home, and help you choose the best possible render solution to suit your needs.

HIGH POLYMER / SILICONE RENDER

High polymer / silicone is modern technology using sophisticated products with proving long lasting qualities. Extremely low maintenence. Guaranteed up to 15 years. the polymer and silicone products are tested and consistent in mix, tested in labs to produce the best possible product, the majority of products we use are also BBA approved.

If you would like to know more about this system please click here.

MINERAL / PLIOLITE™

Mineral / Pliolite™ top coats are the most versatile of finishes.  This finish requires specially trained applicators, it can also be applied in all weathers as it dries so quickly compared with other systems.

Although this is more of a specialist product and not as well known as a silicone finish, Mineral / Pliolite™ renders certainly have advantages with anti-crack technology and fewer limitations with the weather. 

If you would like to know more about this system please click here.

INSULATION

Insulation has become popular over the last few years. It has been proven to save you money on your bills, the system comes with a guarantee of up to 25 years, and you can mix and match, so insulate some parts, and standard render on others. Its also a great choice for timber frame buildings, ICF, extensions, and a different alternative to internally insulating.

If you would like to know more about this system please click here.

Q. WHAT BENEFITS DOES INSULATION GIVE OVER OTHER TYPES OF RENDER?

A. You can read all about External Wall insulation if you click here.

Here are some of the benefits to have External Wall Insulation :

  • SAVES MONEY ON ENERGY BILLS PERMANENTLY

  • MIX AND MATCH - RENDER & INSULATION

  • WEATHERPROOF

  • 25 YEAR GUARANTEE

  • MAKES HOUSE WARMER

  • ADDS VALUE TO PROPERTY

Q. WHY DOES INSULATION COST MORE?

A. Whilst the initial cost of an insulation system is more, it is proven on average to save you around  £200 - £415 per year. So overall, you may get your money back through savings on annual bills. It costs more simply due to the extra material cost, and labour charge due to the longer time it takes to install over any other system.

Q. WILL IT CURE RISING OR PENETRATING DAMP?

A. If you are advised that render cures rising damp, that is incorrect, render will not cure rising damp. However it can cure penetrating damp. Damp is a very stressful issue to have in a household, if you contact us, we can always try our best to advise the right course of action.

Q. I ALREADY HAVE EXISTING RENDER ON MY HOME, DO YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THAT RENDER?

A. Most modern polymer renders will stick to most substrates, our supervisor will check to see what the best option is when it comes to hacking off old render. With sand and cement you have to have it all hacked off.

Q. WHAT AREAS DO YOU COVER?

A. We cover the West Midlands and surrounding areas, please contact us if wish to know more.

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