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.
(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.
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.