It has been an unusually wet Spring so it’s no surprise that many homeowners getting in touch with Summit Cladding have had trouble with damp. In fact, most of our clients come to us because their house walls are no longer water-resistant.
Brick and block walls are great while they keep the bad weather out but once the damp gets in, for whatever reason, you’ve got problems. And timber cladding can be just as much of a problem when the woodwork deteriorates and water gets behind it.
All this helps to explain why James Hardie composite cladding boards are becoming more and more popular – as was the case with a recent client who owns a lovely 1930s farmhouse in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
Urgent work required
As we approached the property it was clear that some urgent work was needed. Paintwork on the timber boards was peeling away, despite a rolling programme of maintenance and repainting.
The great advantage of Hardieplank cladding, supplied and fitted by Summit, is that you never again have to worry about rotting wood and peeling paint, as it is totally maintenance-free. And it looks terrific.
On this job, we started by stripping off all the old timber then fitting a breathable vapour barrier with “Celotex” insulation. At a stroke, this made the property more energy-efficient.
Finally, we fitted the James Hardie cladding in the popular colour of Monterey Taupe.
To compliment the installation we also fitted the same colour cladding to the flat brick wall by the front door. The result was an immediate transformation of this fine property, with the neutral tone of the cladding providing a perfect backdrop for plants and flowers. And no more risk of damp!
This post was written by Summit Cladding