Bagging? Render? What’s the difference and which is better?

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When renovating a brick home, you might think you have just two options: leave the bricks as-is or render them. Well, there’s a third, and it’s called bagging. Render may be popular, but bagging comes with its own set of game-changing benefits.

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about bagging, render, and finishing brick walls. Let’s get started.

What is bagging?

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Before and after showcasing a bagging project we completed in Wellington Point.

Bagging your brickwork is the middle ground between exposed brick and rendered brick. Where render delivers a smooth surface, bagging allows imperfections and texture to shine through.

Bagging gets its name from the traditional method used to achieve the distinct finish: builders and house painters would use a hessian sack to apply the mortar. Bagging offers a unique aesthetic and protects the brick against wear and tear.

Bagging, render, oh my!

Bagging is similar to rendering – in both instances, a mixture is applied to the brick’s surface and left to dry. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the differences between the two:


Bagging, also known as plastering, is lighter than render and demands less material. It’s also much quicker and easier to apply, making it a more economical option for homeowners. Bagging provides a robust, long-lasting protective layer that can be left as-is or painted.


Rendering is more expensive and involves applying a mixture consisting of sand and cement to brickwork. After the initial layer is applied, renderers finish the surface with paint or other mediums to achieve the desired texture and appearance.


Bagging questions – answered


If you’re tossing up between render and bagging, we have the information you need to make a final decision. Here are your top bagging questions answered.

How much does bagging a house cost?

The cost of bagging depends on the size, location, and nature of your property. Large homes and multi-storey structures will, of course, cost more to bag. That being said, bagging is almost always cheaper than rendering. So, if budget is a top priority, bagging your bricks may be the ideal solution.

Is bagging bricks a high-quality finish?

There’s no doubt about it – painting your home is one of the easiest and most cost-effective updates you can make to your home to add serious value. With this in mind, you certainly do not want to cut corners and end up with a bad paint job. The good news is, when carried out correctly, bagging provides an exceptionally high-quality finish that protects the integrity of your home’s bricks for years to come.

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