Exterior Cladding in Christchurch
Cladding repairs are common for weather tightness, to insulate and improve the aesthetics of a home. Cladding repairs improve your insulation by adding an additional barrier against the elements, keeping your house warm in winter, or cool in summer. Cladding in Christchurch is still a common earthquake repair due to initial inspections from inexperienced contractors overlooking, missing or not repairing following the correct cladding procedures. Unfortunately, Christchurch is experiencing ongoing issues where cladding repairs are required for the second time. Here's an example of a home that Wrightway Construction was hired to correct the work of another contractor.
This Christchurch home wasn't' appropriately fixed causing the owner considerable stress As you can see, the cladding repairs were not prepared correctly, and the plaster is now falling off, only months after the repair was initially completed. Wrightway was contracted to redeem the issue, to undertake the cladding repairs correctly and provide the homeowner a guarantee of workmanship for a minimum of 10 years.
Types Of Exterior Cladding And Recladding
The most common types of exterior cladding in NZ are timber weatherboard cladding, brick cladding and Stucco. Cedar is traditionally quite expensive and less common.
Cedar Cladding in NZ isn't very common, especially in older houses. Usually, Cedar cladding is used in new, upmarket spec homes.
The repair process is the same process as timber weatherboard cladding.
Timber Weatherboard Cladding
This is the most common type on cladding in NZ, specifically amongst older housing. The most common problem we have with timber weatherboard is that timber tends to get Borer and rots. We usually replace the weatherboards and undertake borer treatment.
Wrightway construction handles a large quantity of Stucco cladding repairs in older homes. After the Christchurch earthquake, many of the older houses experienced exterior cracking and required repairs.
This is one of the most common types of cladding in Christchurch homes.
Brick buildings experienced cracking during the earthquakes that now require grind-out, repointing and as a worst-case scenario a complete recladding process (Re-bricking). Here is an example of Brick recladding that wasn't done correctly. Again Wrightway Construction has been contracted to rectify.
Cladding - How It Works
Contact Us For An Inspection
Once you've identified cracks in the exterior of your home, please connect with us to arrange an exterior clad inspection. Usually, we can be on-site within 1-2 weeks of your first call. Any documentation you might have from EQC assessments will be helpful.
On-site Cladding Inspections
Next, one of our cladding specialists will visit you and carry out the inspection. We'll undergo a series of tests, which may include measuring the water tightness of your home and we'll make recommendations of your best options to protect your asset.
Cladding Scope of Works
Wrightway will then prepare a scope of works to repair your home. This could be cladding, recladding or various other repair techniques. You'll be given a detailed report with the cost of cladding and possible anomalies that we might encounter.
Once you're happy to proceed, we'll create a timeline for your cladding project so you know what to expect and so you can arrange alternative living arrangements if you don't want to in the midst of a construction site throughout the duration of the project.
Cladding can be a messy process, and although Wrightway takes all measures to keep a tidy and safe work environment, it's best if you keep your pets away and find alternative living arrangements during the process. We'll discuss this in more detail with you closer to the time.
Once completed, your home will have transformed, the cladding will provide additional insulation, and you'll have a weather tight home. It's best that we go through a quality assurance sign-off with you, to ensure you're 100% happy with the finished result.