The Ultimate Guide to Recladding your Home

This is your chance to make your dream home a reality.

It is easy to lose sight of the details when renovating. Instead, we should be focusing on the most important details. Most homeowners know what they want in a kitchen, bathroom, and living space because they spend so much time inside. This is because these are the areas we are most familiar with, and spend most of our time visualising the improvements.

It’s easy to focus on internal renovations but it’s not as simple to consider exterior design. A beautiful facade will make your home stand out and bring a smile to your face each time you pull up to the driveway. Renovation Works knows how overwhelming it can be to get started. Recladding your house is a different experience than interior renovations. You have to consider factors that may not be obvious. Expert knowledge is required to achieve the best results from a home re-cladding project.

The first impression of your home is its cladding. The first step to leveraging this visual asset is choosing the right materials for your recladding projects. It is important to consider the differences in cost between these materials for both initial and ongoing maintenance. You will reap the full benefits of recladding your house – both financially and practically if you make the right decisions during the planning stage.

We have put together this comprehensive guide to recladding your house so you can get started on your project. This guide will help you visualize your home’s potential recladding, and it will also clear up any confusion that may arise from the initial start of these projects.

The most common materials for recladding a house are six. There are many options available. You can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Six Common Materials to Recladding a Home


Brick is the only material that has proven its resilience since humans began building houses. Brick is still a reliable material, even though it has been used to build houses for centuries. It is amazing that such a simple material can offer so many remarkable features.

Brick is durable and requires little maintenance. This is why brick is an excellent choice for those who want a durable solution that can withstand the test of time. Brick is fire-resistant and offers excellent insulation. It also absorbs moisture at a low rate. Brick is an excellent choice for keeping your home safe, warm, and healthy.

Brick is now available in many different colours, giving you the opportunity to choose from a variety of home aesthetic choices. Brick is the most durable cladding option, with a life expectancy of up to 80 year.

Brick cladding has one drawback. Unlike its lightweight counterparts, which can be attached to an existing house’s frame, brick cladding must be installed directly into the foundation/slab of the home. It will cover some of the interior square footage of your house as brick walls eventually sit within the house’s footprint.

There are many brick veneers available that offer an artificial brick finish.

2.Plaster and Concrete

Like brick, plaster and cement have a rich history. This innovative idea was pioneered and used by the Romans and Greeks to build their great civilisations. Plaster and concrete cladding are often associated with houses built between the 1930s to 1940s. Plaster and concrete finishes have improved over the years with improved materials technology and better application.

Modern finishes are stunning when done right. There is a wide variety of textures and smooth finishes. You can choose from many textures and patterns with cement cladding. They perform better than their older counterparts. It has a classic look but is durable. The versatile range of finishes makes it easy to match any other cladding in your home.

Plaster cladding is a broad term that covers a variety of finishing systems. These finishes have different properties, which can be tailored to your home based on your specific needs. Renovation Works can help you choose the right finish for your home.

A trusted contractor will oversee your plaster recladding project. With a well-planned design and application, as well as a healthy maintenance program, you won’t have any problems with your home being affected by the “leaky home epidemic”.


Aluminium and steel are the most common metal cladding materials. Steel is more expensive than aluminum, but it’s a great option for homeowners who are concerned about the durability and strength of their home cladding. Aluminium is lighter and cheaper but it is more vulnerable to weathering and damage.

Aluminiumm’s corrosive resistance properties are still well-known. Aluminium is flexible, which allows for many creative design possibilities. It is lighter and requires less joints, making it easier to build. These are the main reasons it is the second most popular cladding material in New Zealand.

Metal cladding can be used to make bold architectural choices. You can create interesting patina over time with metal cladding. It should be noted, however, that metal cladding does not have the same insulating properties as other materials. If you decide to go this route, make sure to do your research and take care to protect your home from temperature fluctuations.


As a cladding material for many New Zealanders’ homes, timber has been a popular choice. Timber is lightweight and it is an attractive choice for home design.

There are many styles of timber cladding, including weatherboard and slat screen. Radiata pine-back Weatherboard is the most popular in New Zealand. It has been dominating a large portion of our local market for many decades. It does come with some issues that make it difficult to maintain. For example, it can warp and shift over time. This requires a strict maintenance plan. Sometimes it may even need to be replaced. Long-term UV light can cause it to darken. Other timber cladding options are also becoming more popular over time. Cedar cladding, for example, can last between 25 and 35 years. This eliminates many of the headaches that are associated with timber cladding.

People choose fibre-cement weatherboarding because it is more durable than timber weatherboarding and still has the weatherboard look they desire. It lasts around 50 years.


There are many options when it comes to stone-cladding. Granite, schist, and slate are all popular choices. These materials are easily sourced locally and can often be found in many Kiwi homes. Stone panels or cladding are an excellent way to create a focal point, such as an exterior feature wall. They can also be easily complemented by other cladding options.

This pairing is great for homes that are located in rural areas or surrounded by natural bush. It blends the two and makes the most of the natural beauty. It is possible to achieve stunning results by blurring the lines between architecture and nature.


Vinyl is a durable, cost-effective, and low maintenance option for home cladding. Vinyl is lightweight and easy to install. There are many options for aesthetic results.

How to choose the right homecladding

You are now familiar with the most popular and common materials that can be used to reclad your house. This is the first step to defining your vision for your home¬†recladding Auckland¬†projects. Renovation Works is here to work with you to bring your vision to life. We will work closely with you to bring your ideas to life and make sure they are done right. Renovation Work’s helps you make the right choices to ensure your vision doesn’t get lost. We also help you stay within your budget by helping you choose durable, sustainable, and cost-effective options.


Katherine L. Branton

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