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Step 5: Cladding

29 June 2014

This week the addition of the cladding is a major ‘milestone’ visually, and it appears in no time. Your home takes shape and at this point the electrical pre-wiring and internal pre-plumbing can be started and installed.

Week 5 is an exciting time as it signals one third of your build is now complete. For many owners, selecting the right cladding system is as much about stamping their own personal style on a property as it is about enhancing street appeal.

Whether your style is classic, modern, eccentric or contemporary, Generation Homes’ team of local suppliers and contractors will ensure your home is weather-tight and expertly crafted to safeguard your financial investment.

Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide skin or a layer over the structural elements of a home. This improves the visual aesthetic while also preventing the infiltration of harsh weather elements.

Generation Homes encourages customers to choose cladding materials that are appropriate in context, environment and design. Some of the most common cladding choices for New Zealand homes include:

  • Brick – As a low maintenance material, brick can be an expensive but wise investment due to its traditional appeal, durability and longevity.
  • Weatherboarding – Man-made weatherboards can be applied horizontally or vertically and are a popular choice for homeowners wanting a low maintenance, low-budget yet attractive exterior finish.
  • Stone – Stone is a beautiful, versatile material that can be used to make a statement or add a natural, earthy feel to home. Manufacturers are developing new techniques and products for stone, making what was once a luxury choice much more affordable.
  • Timber – Natural, versatile and resilient timber is a popular choice for those wanting to create a contemporary or classic weatherboarding effect that can withstand New Zealand’s unpredictable weather. The only downside, timber must be repainted or restrained to keep it weather tight and looking fresh.
  • Metals – Homeowners wanting to create architectural housing plans with clean, sharp lines steer toward metal materials such as zinc alloy or aluminium to create a polished yet durable finish.
  • Concrete – What was formerly known as a mundane material underfoot, concrete has made a cladding comeback in recent years due to its excellent insulation properties and versatile range of finishing options.

Cladding your property effectively is a wise investment as it can have a significant impact on short and longer-term dividends, including the resale value of your home. No matter what materials you choose, our thorough quality control reporting system operates throughout the building process so you know what is happening every step of the way.