Choosing your render colour
Choosing your render colour Don’t be afraid of white
We often hear people say that they don’t want to choose white because of the discolouration that tends to happen with white walls. The difference is that our silicone render does not allow water droplets to collect on it – it is hydrophobic. This means that the render tends to keep its colour much better than your typical painted sand-cement wall. Around half of our customers go for a white finish, and we haven’t had any complaints yet!
White doesn’t mean bright
Many people also avoid white because it can be a bit too bright and shiny. The good news is that because of the texture of the silicone render, the white is much duller than on a perfectly smooth surface – it isn’t too bright in our opinion.
Lighter colours last longer
When choosing a colour, you should be aware of the differences between the lighter and darker colours in terms of their cost, suitability for certain walls and longevity.
At Be Constructive, we always recommend going for a neutral colour. Apart from looking really smart and appealing to a wide range of people, lighter colours have some other distinct advantages. The pigments used for silicone renders are quite pricey, and as such darker colours can add quite a bit to the cost of a bucket of render. Whilst this is usually in the order of a few hundred pounds on the average job, for some more exotic colours you could be looking at adding thousands to the cost of a job!
Darker colours tend to absorb more of the sun’s warmth as well, which means that the underlying insulation is going to be put under more stress in hot weather on a darker wall. Whilst all our work is guaranteed, we may recommend a lighter colour on a south facing wall if we feel your choice of colour could cause an increased risk of failure to the insulation and render work.
Don’t be afraid of darker colours, but remember that it is worth discussing your choice with our team before committing yourself.
More than one colour
Don’t think that you have to pick just one colour. We often have customers who want to pick out their reveals or a piece of detail in a slightly lighter or darker colour. Or perhaps you would like one wall in a slightly different colour, or a recess picked out in another colour. This can look really great and we can discuss this further with you as part of the quoting process.
Painting your walls in future
Remember that whilst we don’t paint your walls as part of a silicone render job, you will need to paint it in about 10 years as part of the guarantee. Again, you can choose any colour you like, but the same principles apply. Just remember to you a breathable siliconeY paint which will allow the system to breathe.