Render is a great choice for the external finish of both commercial and domestic properties. Simple to apply, easy to maintain and affordable, render gives the building an important waterproof layer and a smart, attractive aesthetic. In order to keep render looking good, property owners need to keep it free from algae, fungi and staining. Properly maintaining your modern render will ensure your building is protected from the elements and its exterior looks good for as long as possible. Keep reading to learn more.
What type of render?
Before you clean the render on the exterior of your property, you need to find out exactly what type of render it is. A number of modern renders are now on the market. Many are mixed with polymers to improve their protective qualities. Different renders need different treatments and different tools. Some renders can withstand power washing while others are too delicate to survive the process. If you are unsure what type of surface your property has, talk to the manufacturer or call in Spectrum’s specialist cleaning team.
Most companies that manufacture modern render, including Weber Saint Gobain and K-rend, recommend using a power or jet wash to remove stains and algae growth. Power washing will clear the surface of the render of light discolouration caused by weathering, metalwork and algae. As long as the staining is not too ingrained, a thorough power wash should restore the building to its former glory,
However, jet washing and power washing aren’t suitable for all types of render. While some modern renders are very resilient, others, like those produced by manufacturer Sto, are more delicate and can easily be damaged or eroded by a powerful jet of water. If you’re unsure whether or not your building is suitable for this type of cleaning, speak to the render manufacturer or talk to a professional render maintenance company.
In order to get the best results from your render clean, you will need to use a little detergent. Detergent helps to lift algae and other blemishes from the surface of the render to leave it looking like new. In many cases, small areas of discolouration can be removed using just detergent and a sponge or brush. However, more stubborn stains, and properties with more extensive discolouration, will need to be cleaned using jet washing and professional tools and equipment. Again, a specialist company like Spectrum will be able to offer you advice on which detergents are most suitable for the job.
A lot of the time, discolouration and staining on rendered buildings is caused by the growth of fungus. Fungi can build up on buildings that are exposed to the elements and often grow beneath balconies, rooflines and close to windows. As well as discolouring the exterior of a property, fungi can damage the render itself if it is not cleaned on a regular basis. Over time, this could cause you serious issues and could lead to the building’s exterior needing to be re-rendered.
Regularly applying fungicide not only works to remove existing fungi growth, it also helps to prevent fungi re-growing in the future. This is especially true when fungicide is applied after the property has been power or jet washed.
As well as fungi, your building’s exterior will have to contend with algae growth. Like fungi, algae grow on surfaces exposed to the elements and, like fungi, algae can seriously damage the render over time. Applying biocide during and after the cleaning process will kill existing algae and minimise regrowth. Biocide should be applied to the property at least once a year in order to prevent algae growth.
Where a patch of render is severely discoloured or damaged, you can choose to re-cover the surface. As render manufacturer Wetherby suggests, removing the damaged render and re-applying modern render can be a good option. However, as you are unlikely to achieve a finish that exactly matches the rest of the property, this should only be done when you can re-render an entire panel or when cleaning is not an option.
P.A.S.T. cleaning technology
Spectrum has developed the most thorough and effective system for cleaning modern render. Our patented P.A.S.T. process brings together many of these cleaning techniques to leave your property looking like new.
The first part of the process is planning and preparation. During this stage, we will assess your property, closely examine the render and look at access. Once we have thoroughly surveyed the site, we will be able to decide which cleaning methods and processes will give us the best results.
In order to clean a property effectively and thoroughly, we then 3D print our own tools to ensure they are perfectly suited to the job. During this part of the process we will also create a plan outlining any additional challenges at the site and detailing exactly how we’re going to complete the project.
The next stage involves the application of biocide. The biocide treatment will kill any algae growing on the surface of the building. Algae can discolour and damage modern render, so it is important that as much algae is removed as possible. The biocide treatment we use is incredibly effective at killing algae and removing residue. This helps us to achieve great results from our cleaning process.
Once we have applied the biocide, we use steam to remove stains, residue and discolouration. The steam is heated to 150 degrees to make it as effective as possible. If any stains are left following the steam clean, we use a specialist treatment to remove the discolouration and leave the building looking like new.
Our patented rend-care system will help you maintain your building and keep it looking as good as possible. To help you learn everything there is to know about cleaning and maintaining modern render, we are running a series of free CPD seminars where we will go through the most cost-effective and time-efficient ways of maintaining modern render. If you are interested in attending a seminar, or if you’d like to learn more about the services we offer, contact email@example.com or take a look around our site.