Maintenance-free and Weather-proof
It’s important to bear in mind that fitting cladding to the walls of your house is about more than just making it look better. It’s also about protecting those walls and making them weatherproof.
Our client, Alice, from Brentwood in Essex, is an interior designer and decorator with an obvious eye for detail. When she moved into her mid-terrace cottage her surveyor highlighted areas that would need attention, including the brickwork.
The cement was deteriorating in several places and would need re-pointing, so Alice had a choice: re-point the whole back wall and keep the brick façade or cover it with maintenance-free James Hardie cladding.
As with many of our clients, Alice had seen another house nearby which had received the Summit Cladding treatment and she decided that was what she wanted for her home too!
Important preparation work
But of course, fitting a new surface can never be a case of “out of sight, out of mind.” The brickwork and cement would need to be of a sufficiently high standard before we did any work, so that was how we started the job.
The brick walls were repaired and stabilised as necessary, before a breathable vapour barrier was fitted, along with treated timber battens. Then we attached the Hardieplank composite cladding in pearl grey, a lovely neutral colour that is very pleasing on the eye.
We also noticed that some of the original timber fascias were rotten, so these were replaced with “Swish PVC” fascias that will never rot.
The rear of Alice’s house has been completely transformed. It not only looks fresh and new, but our client knows that it now has an extra layer of protection against the elements that is entirely maintenance-free.
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