The start of a new year can prompt many of us to think of renewal and improvement, or just doing something different — which is when Summit Cladding can offer some real choices.
We were contacted by prospective clients, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, who’d had a good hard look at the outside of their house and decided it was time for a makeover. The house was structurally sound, but the owners wanted our advice on how to improve its appearance and drainage efficiency using deep flow guttering.
Building styles are just like all other passing trends that come in and out of fashion, and so it was with this property. The photographs taken before we undertook the work shows hanging tiles fitted to the dormer windows and the older narrow gutters.
Old and dated look
Now there’s nothing wrong with hanging tiles. They do the job perfectly well and no doubt many homeowners are happy to have them. But they do need to be checked periodically to ensure they are properly fixed and – as in this case – they are a somewhat dated look.
Following our advice, the clients agreed to replace the tiles with cladding, but which type to choose? There’s a huge choice of styles and materials, but Summit Cladding’s expertise in this area is second to none.
Timber cladding is very fashionable and is recommended by many architects, but the wood must be top quality and regularly maintained. Concrete-based cladding and uPVC enjoy the benefit of being maintenance-free and almost indistinguishable from timber.
Bright new cladding and guttering
After taking our advice and considering all the options, our clients opted for James Hardie composite cladding for the entire top section of their house, with new render around the ground floor.
All the existing soffits, fascias and gutters were removed, along with the hanging tiles and the timber battens that held them in place. As well as replacement battens and all the cladding, we added new fascias and soffits in white uPVC with deep flow round gutters and downpipes.
As the pictures demonstrate, the result is a vibrant new look that might make passers-by think that a new house had been built on the plot! No more dated hanging tiles, but the lovely clean lines of maintenance-free cladding and guttering. And some very satisfied customers.
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