If you are embarking on a commercial construction project, one of the materials you should consider making use of is rendered brick.
The polished aesthetic of this brick type makes it a popular design choice for many Australian buildings and is a great way to give your commercial project a modern appearance.
In this article, we answer the question, ‘what is rendered brick’, and list some of the benefits it can bring to your project.
So, what is rendered brick? A rendered brick is a brick that has been rendered by applying a mixture to the exterior face. This is usually done with cement, but other popular rendering options include lime or acrylic.
This rendering results in the smoothing of the wall, creating a more modern and lustrous aesthetic than is offered by traditional brickwork.
Rendering also has another key advantage: layering your builder’s exterior helps prevent the exposed brick from cracking and erosion, which can save you from having to pay for expensive maintenance.
If you are weighing up whether rendered brick is worth it for your commercial project, here are some of the advantages and considerations that come with rendering brick walls vs utilising more traditional brickwork.
Variability – It is versatile in its application and is available in a variety of colours, textures and styles to give you aesthetic options.
Modern aesthetic – The smooth, seamless look of rendered brick gives any commercial building a modern, clean aesthetic that is likely to appeal to staff and prospective clients or customers.
Protection – It provides an additional layer of protection against the elements, helping not only to prevent general wear and tear but also improve thermal regulation through extra insulation.
Cost – While cement renders are standard in the industry and are cost-effective, other renders with materials such as acrylic can be more expensive. Besides the size of your brick wall, the render material is the next biggest factor determining your final expenses.
Planning approval – Depending on the location of your commercial project, exterior rendering may require council approval. If you are planning on an external brick render, make sure you are aware of relevant council regulations. A builder can help with this process.
Now that you know what it is, if you are considering rendered brick for your commercial project, it’s worth consulting an experienced builder so they can help you weigh up your options regarding rendered vs traditional brickwork.
One of your primary considerations should be the type of aesthetic you want for your commercial building. While it can create a polished, ultra-modern look, non-rendered brickwork can provide a more traditional appearance.
At Solutions Built, we specialise in high-quality brickwork for a wide range of design and aesthetic objectives throughout South East Queensland. To chat with our team about whether this aesthetic style is the right fit for your project, get in touch with us today.