When builder Vinnie of City Trade Ltd, was asked to build his sister’s forever home in New Lynn, he knew the cladding they chose could make or break his sister’s goal of owning a low maintenance home. So when it came to deciding on the exterior cladding for the home’s second storey, Palliside was his first choice. All because of a 20-year-old beach home his father owns.
Twenty years by the sea and not a mark to show for it
While Vinnie had never worked with Palliside before, he’d seen it in action for 20 years: his father’s 20-year-old beach house is clad in it.
“The Palliside weatherboards still look as good as the very first day they were installed,” says Vinnie. “They’ve not rotted or peeled.”
What’s more, his father has never had to paint or repair them. Had the beach house been clad in traditional timber weatherboard, which needs repainting every 10 years (sometimes sooner in coastal locations), Vinnie’s father would have had to repaint it twice over. Instead, the beach home has had an occasional rinse from the hose, and that’s all.
So, when it came to considering a product for his sister’s home, Palliside was top of mind.
“The biggest factor for us was low maintenance,” Vinnie says. Palliside uPVC weatherboards are resistant to UV and harsh conditions (including coastal and geothermal environments), that would see some painted timber boards peel and fade.
A visit to the Home Show reinforced their choice
To learn more about Palliside, and to see it first hand, Vinnie and his sister visited the Auckland Home Show. There they explored Palliside’s range of available colours (tea, riverstone, calico, slate, sandstone and white) and profiles. They eventually settled on Palliside’s traditional smooth profile weatherboard in slate.
“Our architect’s design specified white brick on the ground floor and weatherboards on the first storey,” Vinnie says. “Palliside’s colour and finish complemented the bricks and helped enhance the home’s curb appeal.”
And while Vinnie’s sister wasn’t overly concerned about sustainability, the thought did register with Vinnie.
“I try to make a point of recommending sustainable building products where I can,” he says.
The fact that Palliside is made from 100 per cent recyclable material made it doubly attractive.
Weatherboard cladding that’s quick and easy to install
As a first-time user of Palliside Vinnie was uncertain about the installation process. Luckily, Dynex, the manufacturer of Palliside, runs a support service for builders new to the product. A representative came to the site to take Vinnie through the installation process.
“Palliside was easy to install,” Vinnie says. “And it was a lot quicker to install than timber weatherboard. There’s no painting; no filling. Just one inspection and the scaffolding came down.”
Palliside’s speed of installation is partly thanks to its light weight—making it easy for builders to handle onsite—and its unique interlocking system, which helps builders to ‘lock’ the boards into position before they’re nailed. Moreover, Palliside weatherboards are a double board profile, giving them a larger surface, which facilitate a quicker install.
Cost effective in more ways that one
Palliside’s colour is more than skin deep, it is part of its manufacturing process and extends right through the thickness of the board. This means the weatherboards never need painting.
Timber generally needs painting every 10 to 15 years and that comes at a cost, especially when you have a two-storey house.
The Health and Safety at Work Act requires jobs that have any fall risk (regardless of height) to have reasonable measures in place to reduce that risk. In the case of painting exterior cladding on a two-storey building, this usually means scaffolding is required—and scaffolding doesn’t come cheap.
“When you add up these cost savings over time, Palliside was the clear winner,” Vinnie says.
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No one realises it’s not timber
“Everyone who visits my sister’s home believes it is clad in timber weatherboard and brick,” Vinnie says.
Between the aesthetics, the cost savings and the quick installation, Vinnie is confident he’ll use Palliside on future construction projects.
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