Re-Cladding Your Leaky Plaster Home: A Thorough Guide
The leaky home crisis has flooded New Zealand in recent years, with many residents and builders losing time and money due to faulty construction work. As a result, monolithic plaster cladding gets a bad rap, with many poorly built houses struggling with leaks and water damage.
However, when done correctly with good design and maintenance, the method can be a viable and affordable way to weatherproof your property. If you’re one of the many New Zealanders struggling with a leaky home, it is possible to effectively re-clad the structure and repair any damage. Keep reading to find out how.
Why Is Your Home Leaky?
We’ve all heard of the leaky home crisis, but what does it actually mean and why did it happen?
In 1991, New Zealand’s building acts were changed so that the cladding process became self-regulated. As a result, untrained and unqualified builders could carry out new constructions, delivering poor quality work that didn’t stand the test of time.
The increase in the use of fibre cement sheets that relied on the paint as a primary defence against water ingress and flat roofs, minimal eaves and recessed windows are the main contributing factors. This led to changes in temperature causing cracks in the weatherproofing system, allowing moisture to build up inside the framing. This, combined with the use of untreated timber that easily rots when wet, has caused many homes to become leaky and suffer moisture damage.
The Re-Cladding Process
When considering a full re-clad, it’s important to think about a few key questions. Are the leaks and damage significant enough to warrant a full re-clad? Is the existing timber frame treated or untreated? Do you want your home to meet the current Acceptable Solution weather tightness detailing? If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to seek specialist advice. Brendon, our expert can help you evaluate the damage to make the right decision going forward.
If your monolithic plaster cladding has suffered from extensive moisture damage, it’s possible to remove all existing cladding from the building to assess the condition and replace all damaged framing. This is a complex job and it requires an experienced and trained builder to ensure the proper technique. The council requires you to apply for and receive a building consent before you start any physical work. Once you receive the consent, your team can start the re-cladding process.
Why Bother Re-Cladding?
A leaky home not only threatens the structural integrity and financial value of your home, but damp walls also present significant health risks to you and your family. It’s important to address the problem as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
A full re-clad allows you to pinpoint and repair all damage that may not have been identified during the initial inspection. It will give you an opportunity to incorporate additional weather tightness risk reduction features into the design, adding market value to your home and security for your family. For monolithic plaster-clad homes, full re-cladding is often the most effective and appropriate solution to avoid any further damage and get rid of leaks for good.
When it comes to re-cladding leaky monolithic plaster homes, Next Level Construct is the right choice. Contact us today to speak with our weather proofing experts.