Auckland reclads and leaky home repairs

Recladding a house can be complex and stressful. We turn a negative into an opportunity to add value as well as making your home healthy and water-tight.

No-one wants to find out their house is a leaky home. But if you do, we take your problem and give you solutions. It’s an opportunity to add value, increase street appeal, and give your home a fresh modern look.

What is a leaky home?

A leaky home is essentially a poorly constructed home that is not weather tight. Common signs of a leaky home include:

  • leaks around windows and doors
  • ceiling lines sagging
  • warped floor surfaces
  • swelling of skirtings and window sills
  • rusty screws and nails
  • cracks or delamination of plaster
  • the presence of mould, fungi and musty smells.

What caused the leaky homes crisis?

There were a variety of changes to how New Zealand homes were constructed. The introduction of panel or stucco cladding instead of weatherboard, modern flat roofs and smaller eaves that didn’t suit our climate all contributed to the problem. But the real issue began in the mid 1990’s.

In 1995, the Government and the Building Industry Authority approved regulation changes that allowed for the use of kiln dried yet untreated timber in home building. As a result, to save money, most new houses from 1998 were built with untreated timber. The problem is that untreated timber rots reasonably quickly, and in Auckland the problem is worse due to the wet, warm climate.

Even if your home has small eaves and panel cladding that leaks, the use of treated timber means that you will be less likely to have problems with rot. The problem is the untreated timber.

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Bringing this rundown, tired, leaky building up to our New Zealand Building Code is our speciality. We also added an addition to the entrance by adding an enclosed porch. This has not only made the front entrance practical, it has enhanced this home with a more imposing street appeal.

This was a classic example of a leaky home, with all the usual attributes.  Having already completed another leaky home building project, the clients engaged SIKA Homes to transform this leaky building into a safe, dry and comfortable home.

Our team was able to strip all the cladding, extend the roof and eaves and replace the entire house with cedar weatherboard and new joinery.  The clients were over the moon with the result and referred us to family and friends.

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FAQ - Reclads

Partial reclad solutions

If there are localised risks due to specific flaws, then only a partial re-clad may be required. However, it may result in a home that has obviously had partial repairs and this may not inspire confidence in potential home buyers.

This is the standard repair for monolithic cladding over untreated framing. It uncovers all the problem and faults, and framing can be replaced easily while the cladding has been removed. The timber can also be treated in-situ. While this is the most expensive option, it is the best. It will uncover problems at roof level or structural faults that weren’t yet found.

There are a variety of modifications that not only improve weathertightness, but also add value to the home. Consider options such as larger eaves, which are better at keeping rain from entering the house.

Improving street appeal is another common modification that we carry out on leaky homes. While a cladding change immediately helps, the addition of an enclosed porch or other feature can increase the value of the home.

An average home will take up to twelve weeks to reclad. However, this is dependent on house size and complexity of the repair.

A reclad house cost can vary wildly depending on the size of the home, the area that needs attention and the depth of repairs. A standard home could be anything between $30,000 for a partial repair, and $150,000 for a full. Some estimate that the cost may start from $750 per m2, so a 150m2 home would be approximately $112,500. Contact us today to find out about your recladding options, we will be happy to give you a price for your home reclad.

In short, you may have to. It depends on the scope of works, if you are doing additional work, if you are in a special character area, or if you are making any changes. If you use Sika Homes for your recladding work, we will apply for consent on your behalf.