Many of us might dream about living in a 300-year-old house in a sleepy English village, but to avoid that dream becoming a nightmare it’s important to keep on top of the maintenance work.
Summit Cladding was contacted by the owner of a property near Manningtree in Essex that had once been an old bakery and village shop, now converted into a single home.
As we have written before, Summit loves a challenge, but when we inspected the property it was clear that this would not be a simple installation! There had been structural repairs and replacements around the building, but some of the lead work had deteriorated, along with part of the original slate roof and some areas were suffering from damp penetration.
Wide colour range of cladding available
Our client was keen for his house to have a thorough makeover, so we began by showing him examples of the 30 different colours available in the James Hardie cladding range. That was narrowed down to four sample boards for our client to consider.
In the end, his choice was Evening Blue, a rich deep shade that catches the eye and is guaranteed to cause heads to turn.
All our installations begin with the removal of any old cladding or facing material to ensure that the exterior walls are clean and smooth to attach treated timber battens and a breathable vapour barrier.
Remedial work needed
As the work got underway we discovered that part of the front roof framework was rotten and the tiles did not have a sufficiently deep overhang. That meant we had to remove all the natural slate roof and replace the defective timber with new pressure-treated wood.
After that was done, we removed all the rotten bargeboards and fitted black ash replacement fascias and new guttering in maintenance-free materials. Altogether, we fitted Hardieplank cladding to six different areas of the building, while still retaining some of the original rendered walls.
Our client was delighted with the bold new look following this substantial makeover – a transformation that speaks for itself in these ‘before and after’ pictures.
This post was written by Summit Cladding