This month I am excited to welcome back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger, who has been teaching me about exterior home ideas. This is a big DIY project that I am not ready to commit to on my own. There is a lot to understand and analyze since this is such a large undertaking. We aren’t ready yet, but it is always good to have some ideas brewing right?
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She teaches us things to look for when deciding on exterior siding, also called cladding.
Cladding is a covering or coating on a structure or material.
Buyer’s Guide for Exterior Siding/Cladding
Once you see the number of options available you’ll quickly appreciate that it can be difficult to choose the right siding/cladding for your home.
Fortunately, this guide will help you to narrow down the options and then make your final decision, based on what will suit your home and budget best.
It is important to note that not all siding specialists are the same, you need to choose a firm that offers the very best home cladding in Sydney.
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Verify The Options
When your cladding or wall covering starts to deteriorate, damp can get into the walls of your house and cause an array of issues. Replacing, or adding cladding can quickly rectify this issue and transform the look of your home.
There are many different styles and materials to choose from, including metal, timber, vinyl, or even fiber cement. All of these can be created in different colors; some can also be painted to meet your exact requirements.
Knowing the options will allow you to visualize the finished product on your home.
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In general, it is possible to fit any cladding to your home. However, since the Grenfell disaster in England, some states are tightening their regulations. It is always worth giving your local planning office a call or a visit to verify that all the options you are looking at are acceptable.
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Look At Your Neighbors
If you’re cladding your own home you can use any material you want, in line with the planning regulations. However, you must also consider the fact that you need to continue living there.
Take a moment to look at the style and finish of your neighbor’s houses. You should really try to keep your home within the same style range. If you don’t you are likely to upset them and potentially cause yourself issues.
If you really want to be radically different you can either use different cladding according to what the neighbors can see, or you can talk to your neighbors first to explain your intentions.
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Cladding is surprisingly affordable and will last for 10 or even 20 years, it’s definitely a long term investment.
However, that doesn’t mean you should pick anything. You must look at your finances and set yourself an affordable budget, this will help you to focus on choosing between the cladding options you can afford.
To help you see how far your budget can go it’s a good idea to get a few quotes in. This will give you the amount of cladding you need and the potential installation cost.
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It is advisable to have the cladding installed by a professional. They will do the job much faster than you as they have all the necessary tools. In addition, their handiwork will be covered by a warranty which will give you peace of mind should you have an issue in the future.
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Some cladding needs a pressure wash every year and nothing else, other types may need to be washed and painted/treated every year. It is important you understand what the maintenance is before you purchase your cladding, it could make a difference to your decision.
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I hope this gave you a few more ideas as you think about the exterior design of your home. With so many options I am confident you will find something amazing!