Weatherboard cladding is a cost effective way of restoring house exteriors. The structural protection is suitable for both traditional and contemporary homes and it is pleasant to look at. Different factors, such as design and maintenance, factor in when choosing a style or material.
Weatherboard house cladding can be made from a range of different materials like metal, timber, fibre cement or vinyl, whatever material suits your design. But the material needs to be durable and suited to the conditions of your home. Your choice of material can also depend on the orientation of your cladding and the environment.
Horizontal weatherboard cladding comes in different materials to suit different tastes and budgets. They can be made of timber or wood, fibre cement, vinyl or metal. Take time to get familiar with cladding to know which cladding best fits your homes needs and your budget.
Different weatherboard materials have different maintenance methods to keep them in top shape and looking attractive. Weatherboard claddings were traditionally made of timber, which is almost always available and easy to repair. Regularly retouch the paint of timber weatherboards to keep it protected.
Cedar weatherboards are often left unpainted, but should still be treated to ensure they last and keep looking good.
Vinyl weatherboards are light and strong. They can resemble timber cladding, but require less maintenance. You just need to wash it every once in a while. Since vinyl already comes coloured, it does not need repainting. However, it can get scratched easily.
Fibre cement weatherboards are a mixture of cellulose fibres, cements and sand for maximum strength. This heavy kind of cladding is weather and termite resistant, but may need periodical repainting.
Weatherboard cladding can also be made out of metal. Specialists pattern and colour aluminium and steel for a pleasing and durable finish. Metal weatherboards are susceptible to thermal expansion and contraction, so it is important to consider the weather before choosing the cladding material, as some may be more suitable for hot weather.
Weatherboards define the typical kiwi housing style. These additions to New Zealand houses add street appeal while protecting the property from external and weather factors. If you know which materials best fit your home and its location, and if you know how to maintain it properly, you will be able to rock your weatherboard clad home. You will have the pleasure of coming home to an appealing property each and every day, while other people look at it with envy.