When Ralf Fields brought his home in 2010, he had a vision: extend the Golflands villa to make room for an office for his architectural design business. The challenge: make the extension appear as if it was always part of the original home design—down to the Palliside weatherboard cladding used on the original build.
Integrating the old with the new
Being an architectural designer, Ralf was familiar with the Palliside cladding system.
“I remember hearing about Palliside in the 1990s when it first came out,” he says. “Back then, a lot of plastic building products became very brittle. Everyone was watching and waiting to see how it fared in the New Zealand sun.”
The original 1992 home was built using brick on the first storey and a rusticated white Palliside profile on the second. However, when Ralf came to make a start on the extension, he discovered that the height of Palliside weatherboards had changed. This had the potential to compromise the integration of the old with the new.
In an out-of-the-box stroke of inspiration, Ralf decided to replace the original Palliside weatherboards on one of the lesser seen sides of the house with the new, narrower boards. The salvaged original boards were then used on the forward facing part of the new extension. By doing this there is no obvious difference between the old and new parts of the house.
“We washed the original Palliside boards before removing them,” Ralf says. “At that point, the cladding was close to 18 years old, but the boards came off looking and feeling like they were brand new. That was impressive.”
Now, in 2019, the boards have passed their 25-year mark—and are still going strong.
“They’re certainly standing the test of time,” says Ralf.
High wind, high UV—no worries
It’s not just Palliside’s longevity that has Ralf impressed.
“The house gets really slammed by the wind. Last year, we had a storm that pulled tiles off the roof but the weatherboards didn’t budge an inch,” he says.
This comes down to Palliside’s durable design. The uPVC weatherboard system has been structurally tested by BRANZ to meet the requirements for Wind Zones up to and including Extra High.
“The fact that Palliside is manufactured to withstand our high UV levels and is resistant to sea spray—it outperforms every other cladding competitor when it comes to low maintenance.”
A great guarantee is just the start
For Ralf, Palliside’s 25-year transferable guarantee is one aspect of a great product. As an architectural designer, he always makes a point of mentioning this to his clients—along with the fact that he’s used Palliside on his own home.
“For me, the more important question is whether the product will last 25 years and need replacing, or whether it will last the life of the building,” Ralf says. “In my experience, the answer is yes to the latter. Palliside lasts.”
Palliside easier to maintain than timber weatherboards
Before moving into their brick and Palliside clad home, Ralf and his family lived in a 1950s timber weatherboard home.
“Painting it was a mission,” Ralf says. “It drove us nuts.”
This is another important reason why he chose Palliside.
“As soon as you’ve owned a house that you’ve had to regularly repaint, you soon realise that low maintenance is a big deal,” he says.
Instead of the cost and stress of repainting timber, Ralf washes his Palliside cladding once a year, only adding a little moss control for the south section of the house to keep it looking smart.
“It is easier to keep clean than timber,” he says. “And the maintenance cost is a fraction of what it would be when compared to other weatherboard materials.”
As far as installation goes, it was cheaper than timber weatherboards too. And quicker—much to his builder’s delight.
“Our builder could have spent at least a week installing timber weatherboards, but Palliside was on in just two days. It made our builder’s job a lot easier.”
Can you spot the seams?
Ralf admits that some of his clients are sceptical when he recommends Palliside. They’re worried it will turn brittle and yellow, or that it will look plastic and cheap.
At times like these, he invites them to come and look at his house.
“I ask them what cladding they think it is. They always think it’s timber weatherboard. People have to get up really close before they realise it's not,” Ralf says.
“Can you spot the seams?” he often asks, referring to where the new extension has been added on. Most people can’t—a testament to Ralf’s skill as a designer and the Palliside cladding system.
“I highly recommend Palliside to others,” Ralf says. “It’s incredibly durable and easy to maintain. As a long-term, low-maintenance cladding, it is a fantastic product. It really is tough to beat.”
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