External Cladding or Rendering Costs
Prices for protecting external walls with timber or Upvc panels, rendering or roughcast/pebbledash
External cladding is a method of weatherproofing the walls while enhancing the appearance. Cladding can be made from a variety of materials, but the most popular are timber, aluminium and uPVC. The other option to produce a long-lasting weatherproof shield is, of course, to protect the exterior walls using a render/roughcast/pebble-dash. Finding a company with the right experience and proven track record to clad your external walls can be difficult. We hope you find the cost information provided below useful, but if you want an exact cost, you really need to have a written quote from a local trades-person that will normally involve a site visit to first establish the specifications of your property. Using the free system on this website allows you to vet candidates before you actually hire them. Simply enter details of your job along with contact information, then you can get up to three quotes for you to compare and also read reviews and check ratings from past customers on the tradesmen quoting for the job. Then you can make an informed decision in your own time and only proceed if you want to, with no obligation.
Average Costs for Cladding Projects
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Replace cladding boards with white Upvc to one wall underneath a gable||2 days||£1150||£1100|
|As above but with wood effect cladding boards to the gable wall||2 days||£2250||£1100|
|External rendering for a standard two-bed bungalow||4-6 days||£750||£2000|
|Pebble-dash rendering and painting 3-bed semi-detached house||10 days||£1800||£3500|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Points to consider regarding exterior cladding
Remember, anything that drastically alters the external appearance of a property, including cladding an entire house with a different material, may well need approval from building control. In practice, most of the time you will get the go ahead without the need for permission, but always double check with them first as you definitely want to err on the side of caution!Cost of the various exterior finishes and cladding available vary tremendously, from around £1 per square metre for paint, up to £300 per square metre for some of the new composite cladding materials. Common cladding materials like uPVC usually work out at around £20 per square metre, whereas hardwood timber cladding will cost double that if not more. Rendering is around the same price as uPVC, with roughcasting or pebble dashing costing a lot more (but still usually less than hardwood cladding).Depending on the material you use, cladding is usually fixed to the house exterior using timber battens or on a metal frame attached to the walls. Applying cladding or render is a great way to improve your home’s insulation and appearance. Using render tends to be less expensive but cladding provides a breathable weatherproof barrier that allows water to drain away. Often there is no need to clad or render the whole house, but however you decide to proceed, check that your building insurance provider is happy with your choice of cladding or rendering material.
PVCu cladding is one of the cheaper and more popular options. Coloured or wood-effect PVCu is cheaper than timber boarding and there is much less maintenance involved. It should also be a lot easier to clean and will last for up to 20 years. But timber suits contemporary and period properties much better and pine or spruce boards are also pretty cheap, costing around the same as white uPVC (though hardwoods are twice as expensive). Fibre-cement weatherboarding is a newer and less popular choice for cladding, a composite material which is long-lasting and fire-resistant, needing minimal maintenance and also won’t rust or rot. Metal is an expensive option but comes painted or powder-coated to preserve its finish. Steel cladding should last at least 30 years and lightweight aluminium or zinc should last even longer. But copper cladding takes the prize in terms of longevity, with an expected lifespan of over 100 years! Masonry paint is a cheap and fast way to protect an exterior wall while updating the appearance (a fraction of the price of any other choice). Modern paints with textured finishes are particularly good for hiding minor cracks and damage on period properties, but they work equally well on more modern homes.
Doing it Yourself
Cladding looks great on most surfaces and many of the cladding products are easy to use and require little in the way of specialised tools or equipment. So if you are an accomplished DIY enthusiast, then wall cladding can very much an achievable project. If you’re an experienced DIY enthusiast then you may be able to do a good job of fitting timber or uPVC cladding yourself, or even applying some textured rendering. But if you do not have the necessary skills or experience, then look for a firm that offers a professional installation service. However, exterior wall cladding for an entire two-storey house is a different story, you will likely require access equipment such as scaffolding and will also probably need more than one pair of hands. It is still possible to clad an entire building using boards or render on a DIY basis, if you hire a scaffolding company to erect a tower or platform that gives you safe and easy access, but this is typically beyond most DIY enthusiasts. In terms of DIY application, masonry paint is probably the easiest method of weatherproofing your home and spray application systems can be bought cheaply from DIY stores, though once again you may require scaffold for upper storeys to work safely.
- UPVC cladding can enhance the appearance of your home and is low-maintenance
- Rough-casting or pebble-dashing the exterior walls can help to weatherproof a building
- Modern cladding finishes can modernise a property while offering practical weather protection
- For a traditional look materials such as stone veneers or wood paneling can be used
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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MY RENDER ON MY 3 EXTERIOR WALLS, 2 APEX WALL FRONT AND BACK AND THE WALL ON THE SIDE OF THE WALL.
Submitted by Samantha
Mid terrace 2 bed house. Front of upstairs needs pebble dash removed. Bricks are old and damaged. Wall in yard to be done at same time.
Submitted by Samantha
I would like my semi-detached house rendered in front of the house, side and back.
Submitted by Bashir
I need fitting insulation and rendering a full end terraced house. I will provide all materials and I will rent the scaffolding all around the property. I need a few quotes because the job is nearly ready to start.
Submitted by Jason
Remove and repair external rendering on a 2-bed semi detached house.