Deciding to clad your home is a big decision. It’s not just about the cost, repainting is generally cheaper, it’s the fact there are so many different cladding options available.
That’s why it’s so important to understand the dos and the don’ts of choosing house cladding.
Do consider the quality of the product you want to use. For example, this Palliside cladding is superior to standard vinyl cladding, and it’s made in Australia.
Don’t forget that price isn’t always the best guide to quality. While the cheaper products may be lower quality, this isn’t always the case. Don’t assume that it is!
Do spend plenty of time considering the style of cladding you would like to see in your home. It can be hard to imagine the finished result so do hire a consultant or ask the supplier if they have a graphics program you can use.
It will allow you to see a virtual image of your clad home and will help you to choose the right finish and color.
Don’t forget to check what your local planning guidelines say and what your neighbors have done. No matter how much you love the idea of pink cladding it may be seen as an eyesore to others, consider if you really want that hassle.
Do get a quote and make sure it includes everything in the installation process. Not only will this help you to compare prices it will prevent you from getting a nasty shock halfway through the installation.
However, don’t get carried away and think that you can do it yourself. While it is possible to install your own cladding, you’ll often find that the time spent doing so is considerably more than that which the professionals will spend. You may also find that it affects the warranty.
Check before you decide to save yourself some money and do it yourself.
Ventilation & Movement
Your house will flex in the weather and the cladding needs to flex with it. You should ensure that all expansion gaps are identified and properly dealt with. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the cladding has adequate ventilation to avoid issues building up in your walls or even in your home.
Again, the cladding designer should be able to help you ensure that you have all the right elements in the right places.
Keep It Simple
Regardless of which type of cladding you’ve chosen, it’s a good idea to keep it simple. Mixing cladding types is likely to cause additional stress on your cladding and potentially shorten its life. That’s not something you want when you’ve paid out good money!
Another big do is to keep an eye on the installation as it happens. This will help to ensure that the right gaps are created and any errors are caught before the job is finished.
In short, a good project planner will help to ensure your new cladding project goes smoothly, it’s worth spending the extra for this peace of mind.