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.