Weighing up whether or not to render your Hertfordshire home involves plenty of thinking. There are a number of major factors you need to consider before you decide to go ahead. Here is our list of dos and don’ts to help you make up your mind.
You need to make sure any changes you make are in keeping with the age and proportions of your property. If you have a period property with stone walls or other specific features to consider, then rendering may not be a good solution.
You also need to consider the existing condition. Pebble-dashed or badly painted walls can be taken back to the brick or given a new coat of render. Brickwork that is damaged can also be insulated and then rendered for extra protection.
Think about how any changes you are planning will work with surrounding properties and the general character of your neighbourhood. Semi-detached or terraced properties probably need more consideration than detached homes. Bolder treatments can be possible in freestanding properties.
You should also check with a local estate agent that your plans will improve the property and add value before you go ahead. They will give you an honest answer.
Think about the energy efficiency of your property and how this could be improved if you render your home. Weigh this up against the cost of any planned projects.