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?
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.
Can I bag my home myself?
Yes. You can bag your brickwork yourself. But, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. For one, it’ll cost you a fair amount to purchase the materials required. Plus, if your home is high or has more than one storey, you may not be able to safely reach all areas of your exterior.
What’s more, mixing mortar for bagging can be challenging. If you get the ratios wrong, you could end up with a low-quality finish that chips off in a matter of weeks.
What materials are required for bagging?
You can purchase pre-mixed mortar comprising of cement, sand, and plasticiser to bag your bricks. You’ll need to add the right amount of water to the mix – too much, and the mortar won’t properly adhere, and too little, and you’ll have an extremely tough time spreading the mixture over your bricks.
What finishes can I achieve with bagging?
You can achieve a whole range of finishes with bagging render – the finish created depends on how the mortar is applied. Generally, bagging creates a rough, natural-looking surface that showcases the unique quirks of bricks. Many find bagging results in a Mediterranean-inspired finish fit for the Greek seaside or Tuscan countryside.
Can you paint over bagging?
Yes. You can paint over bagging. Render, bagging, and paint go hand-in-hand. We recommend using a colour consultant to select the right exterior colour and an acrylic semi-gloss or low-sheen paint for the best results.
Transform your property with bagging
Call in the pros and experience the benefits of bagging first-hand. Give your home’s exterior a makeover for a fraction of the cost of rendering. Find out more about our brick wall bagging services for Gold Coast and Brisbane homeowners, and phone us on 07 3829 5735 for a fast and accurate quote.