James Hardie cladding installation in St Albans, Hertfordshire

August 15, 2021 6:20 am Published by
Cladding installation in St Albans
White UPVC Soffits and Fascias
Pre-installation of cladding
pre-installation of cladding

There was something really striking about this recent makeover by Summit Cladding. We are talking colour – a rich and vibrant blue that you don’t see very often on the side of buildings.

Summit had been contacted by a client who lives in this 1960s terraced townhouse in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He wanted to replace the existing coloured panels with our durable Hardieplank, but they had to be exactly the same colour as the originals.

The reason was that each of the houses in the estate had their own distinctive colour scheme. As well as our client’s blue, the other houses were coloured black, red, and even mustard yellow.

Unique character

The houses were very much a product of the 1960s, when architects were experimenting with new and bold designs, and our client wanted to maintain the unique character of the development.

The only problem facing us was that James Hardie cladding, while offering a wide range of colours to suit all tastes, had discontinued that particular blue last year. Luckily, we were able to locate what remained of their stock.

But that wasn’t quite the only headache facing us. The panels we were due to replace were made of asbestos, a material widely used in the 1960s to help with insulation, before its potentially harmful effects were known.

Specialist asbestos disposal

Asbestos cannot be removed or handled by just anybody, so a properly licensed waste carrier was arranged to dispose of it.

Once that was done, Summit was ready to carry out the installation by fitting “Celotex” insulating boards to the walls of the property for enhanced energy efficiency, followed by the Hardieplank cladding.

We also changed all the asbestos soffits and wooden fascias for clean white uPVC replacements.

Our client was delighted with the result. Not only had we managed to source an exact colour match, but the new cladding is entirely maintenance-free.

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