Flooding is one of the many natural disasters New Zealand is prone to. Repairing your home and cleaning up after a flood is not something any of us enjoy. Quite often the damage is severe and requires professional tradespeople, as well as council permits and inspections. Then of course there is the myriad of insurance assessments to deal with as well. Often with such a big job, it’s hard to know where to start first. That’s where our homeowners guide to flood clean-up is useful.
Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.
Cladding installation describes the process of covering one building material with another. Cladding can be expensive needing an initial outlay of funds, but it’s a long-term investment with a number of advantages and benefits to the homeowner.
Not only will cladding cover and insulate, it can give a facelift to your home without spending a lot of money. It’s available in a wide variety of options which will suit a range of homes. Generally materials will be able to be applied both inside and out, and owners can choose either partial or full cover. Cladding installation professionals may offer stone, UPVC, wood or steel cladding.
Stone cladding gives a beautiful appearance to a home and is considered to be luxurious and top of the range in quality and class. It can be expensive as options will include granite and marble.
Stone cladding needn’t cover an entire exterior and often only areas frequently exposed to the elements, such as porches or garages are covered.
Marble cladding is frequently used in bathrooms and is inexpensive when compared to granite.
UPVC cladding is the most inexpensive type of cladding and very durable. It’s very low maintenance when correctly installed and can be used in most homes.
There’s a variety of colour options and it will suit any home irrespective of style or type.
Wood cladding can be fitted to a homes interior, giving a warm feeling to any building. As timber is a natural resource, panels will have individual characteristics and beauty.
The cladding ends of timber panels need pre-treatment against moisture to prevent the panels lifting and warping.
Panels can be left untreated if self-staining is an option. Pine, spruce, cedar and larch are popular wood cladding options.
Steel cladding has full insulation on the back of the panels and is manufactured in long lengths to prevent unsightly joints appearing. It’s available in embossed wood-grain surfaces or a plain design.