Your home’s cladding is its first exterior barrier to the weather, and this ultimately affects your health and comfort. If you’re buying or building a new home in Auckland, the cladding should be high on the list of considerations.
Monolithic cladding has been used to build Auckland homes since the 1920s when Stucco, a cement-based plaster was used. Texture coated fibre cement sheets and EIFS cladding sheets, made up of polystyrene boards with a plaster and paint finish, are also popular forms of monolithic cladding.
From 1990 to 2004 there was rapid growth in the use of monolithic plaster cladding systems, few experienced tradespeople to install them, and no requirement for a ventilation channel. This coincided with changes to the building code to allow untreated timber in frames.
The majority of the leaky building problems have since arisen in homes built with plaster cladding fixed directly to untreated timber framing, without a drainage and drying cavity. The trapped water on the inside causes the frame to rot.
If you have an older monolothic cladding system on your house and you have concerns about weather-tightness, you can check for signs of darker colouration along the bottom edges of the cladding that may indicate moisture soaking up into the cladding. However, we advise that you also seek professional help.
Our professional team at Surecoat are specialists in all types of monolithic cladding, as well as waterproofing, recladding, maintenance and targeted repairs to leaky homes across Auckland. We have built up a trustworthy reputation after more than 29 years of high quality workmanship and exceptional service.
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