If you’re pondering a home renovation and, like our existing clients, have weatherboard cladding on your options list then you might want some questions answered on the product. As reclad specialists in Auckland, the Outlast team has chosen to work with weatherboard because of its long list of benefits.
Today we are sharing that knowledge with you to help you make the best choice for your property.
Reclad Specialist Weatherboard Pros
Weatherboard is one of the top two most sold reclad materials in Auckland. This is because it brings so much value to each property.
Whether your home is thirty years old or just about to be built, weatherboard can transform the finished look. Weatherboard is traditionally made from timber, fibre-cement composite or UPVC.
Globally, the fibre-cement option is the weatherboard of choice as it is durable and fire-retardent. These boards need to be painted, which is an advantage, as you can get the EXACT colour that you want and are not limited to a few off-the-production line colours.
UPVC or plastic weatherboards are less popular but are faster to install. In harsh climates, they can sometimes fade, warp, crack or sag over time. They also slowly release chlorine.
If weatherboards are clad over an existing structure, this will add to the insulation and waterproofing of the home.
Weatherboards are very quick to install compared to brick or rock cladding and far more cost-effective. They also suit more architectural styles than brick and rock cladding and don’t take up as much space as the latter two so weatherboards can be used when there’s a space limitation.
Compared to heavier cladding options, weatherboards have a very low logistics carbon footprint as they are light to transport and handle.
Reclad Specialist Weatherboard Disadvantage
As fibre-cement boards are painted, they would need to be repainted every 10 or 20 years dependent on the paint and interim maintenance.
If you used unpainted bricks or stone for a rustic cladding finish, these would not need painting.
When weatherboards are installed onto a building that has a timber skin, they will enhance the insulation but additional insulation must still exist between the inner and outer timber skins.
With the correct, minor maintenance, weatherboards will last 4 decades or more but bricks will last much longer. It is, however, more difficult to renovate a brick finish or brick cladding but it is very easy to update a weatherboard cladding in 40 years’ time.
Right, now that you have the ins and outs of weatherboards, we hope that it has ticked all of your renovation or new build material needs. Have look at our recladding project gallery to see the beautiful results that can be achieved with this material. It solves leaky building problems and is, simply, a fantastic architectural finish for diverse buildings.
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