For those in the construction industry, understanding the differences between plastering and rendering is quite easy. However, for homeowners, it can be tricky to grasp the differences. What makes one different from the other? Is the process or the materials used? When you’re speaking to a contractor, you might get confused with all the lingo being thrown around.
As experts in plastering, we know the key differences between these two constructing methods, which is why we have listed them for you.
Same Process – Different Walls
Both rendering and plastering use similar methods of covering brick and mortar walls with an additional coating. The differences lie in between the walls themselves: rendering is for outside walls, while plastering is for inside walls.
Same Materials – Different Mixtures
The materials used in the process are the same, but the combinations are different. In most rendering and plastering jobs, sand, cement, lime and other mixtures are used. The point of difference is the mixture that is used varies between the two because, as we mentioned in point 1, the walls are different.
Similar Mixtures – Different Strengths
For rendering, more cement is required as more strength is needed to ensure that the outside walls are strong. Remember, outside walls of a home have to withstand years of changing weather (from extreme heat to torrential rains) and natural decay. Therefore, more cement is needed to provide that layer of protective coating.
For plastering, you don’t need as much as cement because you don’t need that extra protection indoors. If your rendering job were perfect, then your inside walls would be vigorous and secure. There is another reason why you don’t need a high mixture for plastering.
And that is because plastering is for painting. The main aim of plastering is to provide you with flat walls so that you can paint with ease. It is a process designed to make your inside walls as smooth as possible, so you have the flat surface needed to paint.
What To Do Now?
If you are looking to get your walls plastered by Melbourne professionals, then contact Plaster Wizards for a free quote!