The past 20 years has not always been kind to New Zealand homeowners. The leaky home crisis affected tens of thousands of homes, schools and other buildings. Victims of this crisis, and other homeowners with internal framing issues, are turning to recladding to fully renovate their home and other properties. If you are experiencing problems with mould and leaking, the source may be damaged framing – and recladding may be the only way to restore the health and safety of your home.
Learn more about the recladding process, how to tell whether your home needs recladding and how to get high-quality recladding services in New Zealand.
What Is Recladding?
Recladding is the process of removing all of the existing cladding (exterior materials) from a home until all of the framing is exposed. Once any potential damages or hazards are fixed, new cladding is put back on the home.
In New Zealand, many homeowners are opting to remove plaster cladding and replace it with weatherboard. Weatherboard can cover the entire exterior of the house, but some homeowners opt for a combination of weatherboard and other types of cladding.
Why Do New Zealand Homeowners Reclad Their Home?
Once the framing of a home is exposed, renovations and construction experts can assess and identify any problems. These problems may be neglected otherwise and lead to long term damage. Many New Zealand homeowners are experiencing the effects (and costs) of damages that could have been prevented with proper cladding installation.
Before 2004, New Zealand did not have standards for building with weathertight monolithic cladding. Without these standards, houses were exposed to a higher risk for problems due to the lack of ventilation or drainage within the walls. Timber framing in these homes developed dangerous mould and spores. This led to the “leaky homes crisis,” which cost homeowners over $11 billion in damages. New Zealand is still feeling the effects of this crisis.
Recladding allows homeowners to undo these poor practices and make the home more weathertight, preventing future leaks and damages.
When Do You Need to Reclad?
A full reclad is a hefty investment, and should only be done when absolutely necessary. If you notice the following signs of a leaky home, you should consider a reclad:
- Presence of leaks or mould
- Bulging or cracked walls
- Warped flooring
- Musty smells
- Persistent allergy symptoms
Any home built with Stucco or monolithic plaster between 1994-2004 should be assessed for leaks or possible issues. Leakages that develop with the framing aren’t obvious until a lot of damage has been done and mould has grown, which is one of the top reasons that the leaky homes crisis was so costly for New Zealand homeowners. If your home was built between this time, reach out to the professionals about the risks of a leaky home.
How Long Does Recladding Take?
The building process may take up to 12 weeks (or up to 16 weeks if your home is larger.) Most reclad projects take longer; homeowners will have to acquire original property plans and assess the quote provided by builders. Homeowners should also expect to vacate the property while the recladding is taking place.
How Much Does Recladding Cost?
The final costs of recladding your home will ultimately depend on the size of your home and the scale of the damage on the timber. Extensive damage will require extensive replacements and extra measures to protect the rest of the framing. When you are consulting with a builder, have details on damages and the history of the home to get the best price estimate.
How Does Recladding Add Value To Your Home?
If you are planning to sell your home, you can add a lot of value to the home by saying it was recently cladded. Buyers will be more confident that there will not be surprise maintenance costs in the next few years and that the exterior was installed based on modern trends and standards. The leaky home crisis is on every home buyer’s mind; ensuring buyers that you have addressed the issue will put their mind at ease.
Even if you are planning on living in your home for the next few years, recladding gives you the peace of mind that any potential issues with framing have already been addressed. Consider the costs of maintenance when you invest in recladding.
Let Urban Build Co Handle Your Reclad Needs
Don’t be the last home on your block to identify leaky home damage; start renovating. If you are looking to reclad your home or perform any other renovations, hand the job over to experienced North Shore Builders.
Read more about our most successful reclad renovations, including full reclads from plaster to weatherboard in Long Bay and Takapuna. We can help you carry out a full reclad and other renovations of your home to protect your investment, the structure of your home, and your overall health. Learn more about what opportunities are available for your home by reaching out to the experts at Urban Build Co.