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What is Monocouche Render and Why Should I use it?

What is Monocouche Render and Why Should I use it?

What is it? 

Render is a building material typically used to improve the building’s weather resistance and protect against dampness, but can also be useful when looking to give the house a crisp, neat appearance. There are many different types of render that you can use to protect your home 

Monocouche translates from French to mean ‘monolayer’ or ‘one layer’. This one-layer aspect has made it a very popular external house render. It protects your house from the elements while adding a decorative finish, and allows you to do so with only one layer, or coat.Monocoucherendercan come pre-coloured. Coloured render has multiple perks; painting and repaintingare unnecessary, and the durability of it means that the colour will stay for over 25 years.  

Benefits of Monocouche Render Application: 

There are many benefits of using monocoucherendering, some we have already covered above; the colour mixed in throughout the coat gives a decorative finish to the render, and this means that painting it is unnecessary; the colour should last for as long as the render does.  

This leads to another benefit of using monocouche render; it is durable and much less likely to crackthan other types of render, which makes it a good addition to your home and property. It can last over 25 years, but this all depends on the foundation you apply it to.  

Monocouche render takes from 5 to 36 hours to set; this is a quick setting time for render, and it is mostly dependent on the weather. Monocouche renderhas a time efficient method of application, because only one coat needs to be used, and the setting time is so quick. Not only that, but monocouche allows different finishes to the exterior, from trowel smoothed to spray textured.  

The one coat render application is one of the best ways to protect your home from the elements. It provides a strong insulation layer, which protects from the damp and the weather, allowing your home to stay warm all year around. As a result of that, your home becomes more energy efficient, and in the long run you could even save money on your energy bills. 


Disadvantages of Monocouche Render Application: 

There are a few disadvantages of using monocouche render over other types of render 

As with all good types of render, it can be more expensive. You must weigh your options and your priorities in the moment to decide if an expensive but long-lasting approach is the best for you.  

You must remember that monocouche render isn’t the same as silicone render; it is waterproof, but not water resistant like other silicone-based products. Though monocouche render is more durable, this is not to say that it will not crack.Typically, with monocouche render, the cracks are hairline, but over time they can become bigger. These cracks can be difficult to repair 

An issue with monocouche render is that it is prone to retain dirt, unlike render systems such as silicone. Therefore, it will need cleaning regularly, once or twice a year.  


So, should I use it?  

Ultimately, that depends on you and your needs. Should you want something long lasting, durable and easy to maintain, this is a very good choice for you. If water resistance is necessary for your particular project, then an option like silicone render is a much better choice for you.  

You should also assess your budget – monocouche can be expensive compared to other renders, so it’s important for you to find something durable that is within your budget.  

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