cladding

Building Cladding Options

Cladding is the outer shell, the rain jacket for our homes. It protects us from the wind, rain, snow, and anything else the environment throws at us. Cladding sets the tone of your house- quiet and tranquil, natural, industrial or grand- the choice is yours.

Similar to the roof, the cladding is very important as it keeps us and our belongings sheltered from the outer environment; especially in New Zealand, where we did experience the leaky building issue on many of our homes (1). Sadly, in many cases, roof to wall junctions were not weathertight and sadly caused great harm to many buildings.

 

There are a lot of options regarding material that can be used. As always, we will delve into the pros and cons of different options. While we do not currently promote certain materials due to their environmental impact, we feel it is important for you to still know the pros and cons of that material and have therefore included those options. We realize that sometimes you might not have a choice in using a product that is not great for the environment. So while we do not promote companies that work in that material, we do support you in getting all the relevant information.

For NZ grown and harvested timber cladding as well as magnesium oxide weather boards get in touch.

Sources:

(1) Building Performance, 'Signs of a leaky home', NZ Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Corrugated Iron Cladding

Corrugated iron is the most common roofing material in NZ. The large sheets are quick and easy to install and the lightweight material are however also an attractive option for many  in cladding.

Timber Cladding

Wood weatherboards or shingles are a traditional way of cladding your house. Wood gives your building a beautiful look through the natural material. 

Stone Masonry Cladding

Stone cladding adds beautiful character to your building. Stone is timeless, lasts and does not require much maintenance.

Brick Masonry Cladding

Brick cladding lasts without maintenance, hundreds of years. Bricks are a big part in New Zealand cladding. Bricks are affordable and often used in conjunction with other cladding systems.

Fibre Cement Cladding

Fibre cement is a popular solution in New Zealand. They are essentially shaped like wooden weatherboards and can be painted in most colours.

Aluminium Cladding

Aluminium cladding can come in the form of composite/ sheet panels or in the shape of weatherboards.

PVCu & Vinyl Cladding

PVCu and vinyl cladding are both made out of limited resources and do not degrade well. Both plastics are easy to maintain and can be washed down.