With many weatherboard claddings falling into similar price brackets, it can be difficult to determine the true life cycle cost of each option. Metre-for-metre, there’s often very little difference, so it’s important to talk to your designer or builder about the materials that will deliver the best value in the longer term.
Good quality timber is typically very expensive, with known brand fibre-cement weatherboards being similarly priced. Competitively priced uPVC weatherboards however, are a viable alternative that can save homeowners approximately 10 to 15 per cent in upfront costs.
When it comes to maintaining your weatherboards, cost comparisons between the various cladding materials start to look quite different. Taking ongoing maintenance into account is where the true lifetime cost of your cladding choice becomes more obvious.
As any builder can attest, scaffolding hire is seriously expensive—upwards of $10,000 to 15,000 for a two storey home is not uncommon. Factor in painting costs and you could be looking at in excess of $20,000 to repaint your weatherboard house. In New Zealand’s extreme climatic conditions, that’s generally every 10 years or so.
Repeating this maintenance process over the lifetime of the building is a significant cost to the homeowner.
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The cost-effective alternative
The good news is that there are more low-maintenance and cost-effective cladding options out there—like Palliside uPVC weatherboard. Palliside provides the highly desirable weatherboard look with virtually none of the maintenance. Wash it with warm soapy water or chlorine-based cleaners once a year and that’s it. No scaffolding, no painting—ever.
According to Estilo Homes Consultant, Jodie Starling, it’s not just the upfront cost of the product, but the speed in which it goes up that attracts clients to it. “Using Palliside we can get the scaffolding down quicker and we don't need the painters to go back,” says Jodie.
“When you point out to the clients that they're not going to have to re-scaffold their house in 10 years’ time to repaint it, Palliside is a pretty convincing argument.”
Palliside is also made right here in New Zealand and is specially designed to withstand our country’s harsh UV rays.
Palliside is BRANZ tested and meets all the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. For extra peace-of-mind, it also comes with a generous 25-year manufacture guarantee.
"I've never had it crack, shrink or fade,” says Sentinel Homes Director, Stuart Shutt. “It's a great, cost-effective product that looks very good.”
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