Rendering And Plastering. What’s The Difference?

In today’s article I want to look at the difference between rendering and plastering. It can be confusing, but we’ll clear that up today incase your unsure. Rendering and plastering are in some ways very much the same but in others they are very different. Let’s take a look.

Rendering and plastering are both the process of covering a wall. The biggest difference is one, rendering is the process of covering an exterior wall. And second, plastering is the process of covering an interior wall.

Another distinctive factor is the strength of the materials used. Nonetheless they are both made from the same building materials. These include, cement, sand, water and lime gypsum.

Let’s’ break down the two and you’ll see the different factors.



Rendering is the term used to coat the exterior walls of a building. The render mix contains a higher percentage content of cement to its mixture. Rendering is used to enhance the appearance of a house. It’s used to modernise the property and to increase its value. Rendering has other benefits. Waterproofing and fireproofing are also added advantages of rendering your house.

The rendering mix is made up of lime gypsum, cement, sand and other ingredients like, bonding agents, and other colouring finishes to enhance the appearance of the render. The key ingredients is the lime gypsum. It give the look a smooth and creamy looking appearance.

When rendering you’ll often have a number of coats. Different sand textures will be used. For example a rough sand can be used to start the render. This will be used to fill in cracks and other areas of the wall that need smoothing out. Then for the last coat a fine same will be applied to get that smooth finish. This will of course change depending on whether the homeowner is looking for a smooth or a textured finish.



The process of plastering is a little different than rendering, as the cement mix composition is less than rendering. As plastering is used on interior walls, you want it to be a lighter mix, as often the material is lighter and more often than not painting or wallpaper will be required

For the best results with plastering you’ll want to let it dry for up to a month before applying paint or wallpaper. Drying times will differ, depending on the number of coatings applied.

So that’s it. A few differences between the two.

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