Good Recladding A House Can Save You Money, Bad Recladding…….
Is your home more than 20 years old?
Have you seen leaks in your house after a heavy storm?
Does the outside walls of your home look badly worn out?
These are just a few of the reasons that people need to reclad their home or buildings.
Let’s look a bit deeper.
Why do older Auckland homes often need recladding
If the outside of your home is looking more than tired, sometimes a new coat of paint is simply not going to be enough to fix the exterior of your home. Weatherboards, monolithic plaster board, and other external wall coverings can all get worn and deteriorate with age. This is a common problem for homes more than 20 years old, especially if previous owners have not maintained or repainted the cladding materials. In fact, ignoring your exterior walls is the biggest cause of materials to fall into disrepair and ultimately fail.
If you put off attending to your external wall coverings, this can lead to more serious problems for you. Small cracks can let in water which will start to cause damp, mould, and other serious damage in your home. This isn’t limited to “leaky homes” but almost any type of home can be susceptible to leaks and water damage. So it’s important that you keep on top of any issues with your exterior cladding.
An obvious sign that you might need some recladding maintenance can be after the heavy rainstorms that we get in Auckland. If you see pools of rain-water on window sills, that is an obvious sign, but there can be unseen aspects of leaks and water ingress.
It is a good idea to have an inspection of your house just to make sure you do not have any major leaking problems so that they can be addressed before they become too serious.
Recladding your home
If you do need to reclad your home, you need to find a tried and trusted builder with experience in recladding homes of different materials. Not all building contractors are skilled in recladding so tread carefully before you commit yourself.
Recladding is not a cheap job, if it’s done properly so be aware of a builder offering a low price. This is usually just to get the job, which then has some nasty add-on costs.
Here is what you need to look for when you need a builder for recladding your home
Find A Builder With A Lot Of Relevant Experience
You need to make sure that the builder you hire knows exactly what they are doing. If you work with someone that has tackled plenty of recladding jobs before, you can assume that you’re in good hands.
Simply having experience isn’t going to be enough. You need to make sure that you work with a builder that has experience that is actually relevant to your job. Does the builder have experience with the material that you need – wood, plaster-board, metals, or whatever cladding material you have on your home.