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Factors to Think about When Choosing Weatherboards for Your Home

January 18, 2017

If you are seriously considering weatherboard cladding for your home, you are not alone, many homeowners are drawn to consider the aesthetic and protective benefits. It is an excellent and affordable means to add aesthetics to a house, provides better resistance to rot and insects, it is low maintenance, easy to install, and there is a range of attractive designs available to match any home’s aesthetics.

Over the years, weatherboard cladding has become synonymous with Australian home designs. Actually, these have their roots from the time that the first European settlers landed and began to erect buildings in Australia, and their use can be seen literally everywhere. From beach shacks along the shores to suburb cottages, weatherboards have come a long way in design features and the material used to make them.

Today, weatherboards are made from hardy materials that can not only endure years under the elements, but that require little or no maintenance, which is one of the main characteristics that homeowners find appealing.

For those who want to add appeal to their contemporary homes, just sticking ‘any’ cladding onto a new home or renovation project is not advised. To help property owners make the best decision, it is important to understand the types of weatherboards available today.

Main Factors to Consider When Choosing Weatherboards for Your Home

The main factors to consider when deciding on weatherboards is the type of cladding and the materials used to make them. Basically, there are two types of weatherboards, classic and shiplap weatherboards. Typically, classic weatherboards are cut wedge-shaped planks from timber, and then screwed onto the side of homes, each one overlapping the next as these are mounted.

Shiplap style weatherboards are different because these have tongue and grooves cut into them, which allows them to be joined together in a way that allows them to lay flat on the side of homes, instead of extending outwardly at an angle like classic weatherboards. This horizontal banding offers greater aesthetic appeal, and because of the groove joining system, mounting screws and nails are concealed and protected.

Shiplap cladding offers better protection, and these are more firmly attached to a home because of the tongue and grove design that joins them together, and, they are available in various materials, such as timber, vinyl, metal sheeting, and fibre cement, each having their own pros and cons.

You can learn more about weatherboarding types and the benefits various materials offer, by consulting with Straight Up Building Maintenance – a family run business in Melbourne, specialising in external and internal home renovations for over 30 years.

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