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Acrylic Vs Cement Render- Know The Difference!

Both Cement and Acrylic render treatments are suitable for your exterior home walls. But although the final appearance of both these treatments is selfsame, the difference lies in its method of execution and their properties. That brings to the million-dollar question- “Between Acrylic and Cement Rendering treatment, which one will work best on your home walls?”

Here’s a post that discusses all in details.

Starting With Cement Render Treatment

1. Cement render consists of loose raw materials (of sand, lime and cement) properly mixed on-site.
2. When applying, it is important to do it on prepared course surfaces like brick, cement block, stone and even porous stone surfaces.
3. And the required number of coats can vary depending on the specification of the project and the quality of the wall surface-alignment and even the plumb. 
4. As for its finish, cement rendering can be coarse or fine, painted or pigmented or natural or coloured!

Perks Of Cement Rendering Treatment

Cement rendering treatment is much cheaper from any of its other forms. And that makes it an apt option for small-budgeted projects.

Furthermore, they don’t require too much maintenance, nor does it need any extra care during its application.

The Downsides

  1. They can be employed on limited substrates, namely block and brick surfaces.
  2. The presence of loose materials makes it prone to contamination.
  3. They tend to develop cracks of cripple lines after a sustainable period.
  4. The mixing is done on-site, and so there is always the possibility of inaccurate mixing ratio.

Next Moving On To Acrylic Render Treatment

  1. Acrylic render can only be procured in pre-mixed bags and stands as one of the most popular options for exterior wall coating. 
  2. They can be applied over a wide range of surfaces such as brick, cement blocks, stone, mud brick substrates, uneven concrete, plasterboard, painted masonry, cement sheeting, prepared fibre cement and even high-tech external cladding.
  3. As for its coat- one base coat is mandatory. But depending on the type, quality of the wall and the specifications of the project, other coats may be needed.
  4. Acrylic rendering finishes can be painted or pigmented, coloured or natural, coarse or fine, textured or smooth. Moreover; you will also find many acrylic-bound pigmented designer coats put over the acrylic render treatment.

The Perks Of Acrylic Render Treatment

  1. Acrylic render treatments take a couple of days (max 3) to cure and dry. This is a lot faster than any traditional render coating.
  2. At most times, there is no need for that second coat- unless deemed necessary by your chosen building rendering specialist serving in and around your region.
  3. They are also impressively flexible to be used in all sorts of surfaces. Its materials extend with temperature variations, thus making it less prone to cracks or crevice lines.

It’s Downsides

As its only downside, it does require some extra care at the time of its application.

The Verdict

No matter if it’s Acrylic or Cement, it will eventually boil down to your preference and budget convenience. Hopefully, with this guide; you will be able to pick the right choice for your exterior walls. 

So, speak to a qualified and expert specialising in a variety of external rendering services and boost up the visual aesthetics of your property.

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