James Hardie cladding installation in Royston, Hertfordshire

November 23, 2020 9:34 am Published by
Cladding installation in Royston
Hardieplank cladding in Royston
James Hardie cladding in Hertfordshire
Pre installation of new cladding

A marvellous example of how James Hardie cladding can transform the exterior of a property in Royston, Hertfordshire.

During the Tudor period 500 years ago, house builders had a plentiful supply of materials to work with — mainly, of course, timber.

Britain was a much more heavily-wooded country in those far off days and many of the timber-framed houses which were built then still survive today.

They look solid and attractive, which is why there was a recent design fashion for “Mock Tudor” — homes built with modern materials but clad in strips of timber to give the appearance of structural beams.

Damp problems

This design might look nice, but it can give rise to big problems with damp penetration. The cladding creates a cavity behind it, where rainwater collects and rots both the beams and the plywood it is fixed to.

This was the problem that our client Nick and his wife faced when they moved into their detached house in Royston, Hertfordshire.

Apart from removing the decaying timber they wanted to change the look of the house from old fashioned Mock Tudor to something more up to date.

Summit Cladding started the installation by removing those rotten beams and plywood backing.

We then fitted a breathable membrane to give the structure of the house extra protection against the weather.

Choice of colours

We had already supplied our clients with sample boards of different coloured Hardieplank cladding and after due consideration, they opted for James Hardy Monterey Taupe, a neutral shade that gives their property a bright new look.

Gone are the dated Mock Tudor beams that were causing damp and, in their place, a brand new maintenance-free solution that has given the house a new lease of life.

And one extra bonus – because of lockdown with more people working from home, Nick and his wife have received a string of compliments from passing neighbours, impressed with the transformation!

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