Cement rendering is a very old technique used on homes to make their outside walls stronger and more attractive. Cement renderers will apply a thin, premixed surface of sand, cement and lime to brick, cement or stone surfaces. While rendering is a centuries-old technique, technology has improved and different types of cement rendering are now available.
Traditional Cement Rendering
Traditional cement rendering was first recorded in Australia. Settlers on the continent rendered the outsides of their homes with the mixture of lime, cement and sand to help give their homes a better resistance to the elements and to protect the materials that comprised the walls. This style of rendering is still used today, though it's more popular in Europe than it is anywhere else. This is particularly true of homes and other buildings in Greece and France, where traditional cement rendering is considered a classic style.
Coloured Texture Rendering
Another type of cement rendering is the coloured texture variety. This is similar to traditional cement rendering, but the difference is in the shade. Traditional cement rendering is a white or off-white colour, whereas coloured texture rendering adds additional elements to change that colour to suit the home or business owner's tastes. Building owners may also use coloured texture cement inside the home as well as outside because it can be more durable than paint, and it provides a uniform shade all across the rendering.
Plastic and Acrylic Renderings
As technology has advanced, other materials have become common in cement rendering, even though these materials are not strictly speaking cement. Polystyrene, the type of plastic that styrofoam cups are made from, is one material that's used in cement renderings. Another material is acrylic, which is used to make shatter resistant "glass." Both of these materials are flexible and extremely durable, and the building owner can have them made in a variety of thicknesses and colours before they're applied to a surface to change its texture.