Top 5 Reasons to Reclad Your Home in Christchurch

From resale value to curb appeal, there are countless reasons for a reclad. But here are the top five…

New cladding is a great investment for a number of reasons, from updating your property’s overall appearance to improving its energy efficiency. It’s your home’s first line of defense against the elements and proper maintenance and attention is essential. 

By replacing or repairing cladding, you not only improve your home’s curb appeal but also protect its interior and even stand to benefit financially in the event of resale. But again, there are many reasons why you may take on a recladding project in the first place, so follow along to learn more. 

1. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal

One of the significant features of your home’s facade is its cladding. If it’s unattractive or doesn’t represent your style, it’s got to go! Weatherboard is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s most popular cladding materials and is perfect for a classic Kiwi aesthetic. But if you want to achieve something a bit more distinctive, consider cladding with natural stone, brick, or even aluminium.

2. Addressing weather damage and general wear

No matter how durable your cladding is, all cladding gets old at some point. And while Christchurch is hardly as blustery as Windy Wellington, the South Island’s biggest city is no stranger to other destructive weather conditions.

Earthquakes can cause cracking and severe damage to cladding, which in turn affects your home’s weathertightness. But years of exposure to wind, rain, and UV can be equally detrimental. To prevent further deterioration, it’s recommended to address even minor issues as soon as possible. 

3. Improving energy efficiency

If you’ve found yourself in one of Christchurch’s older or heritage homes, the energy efficiency of your home may not be optimal. A full-home reclad presents an opportunity to install better insulation, seal gaps and cracks, make the switch to more durable materials, and reduce the needs for immediate and extensive maintenance moving forward. 

4. Increasing Property Value

In terms of financial investments, full-home reclads can recoup up to 88% of their cost and are highly attractive to potential buyers if you plan to resell. They’re so valuable because they improve your home’s durability thus increasing the lifespan of your home.

You can learn more about recladding costs here, and here if you have a villa

5. Fixing leaky exteriors

Before 1993 when the Building Act 1991 became law, residential construction was hardly regulated. Many Christchurch homes were built in the late 90s and early 2000s during what we now know as the “leaky homes era”. 

Fibre cement and plaster were the most troublesome cladding materials to come from that time period, especially since they’re notoriously unforgiving when it comes to movement. Even the smallest cracks can lead to severe moisture ingress. Replacing old and damaged cladding not only ensures your home’s weathertightness, but structural integrity as well. 

Recladding with Refresh

Recladding an entire home is no small feat. But it's not always necessary either. Sometimes a partial reclad will do the trick to reinstate a home’s first line of defence. But whichever option is right for you, Refresh can help get the job done. 

Our approach is comprehensive and includes professional guidance from start to finish. Every project is led by an experienced Renovation Consultant who will bridge the gap between you and the team executing your clad. All designs, supplies, contractors, and project management services are included, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your Renovation Consultant free of charge and obligation before deciding to work with us. 

Want to learn more about recladding your Christchurch home with Refresh?

Get in touch today to arrange your free consultation with one of our Renovation Consultants in Christchurch. 

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