Cladding: New Facades for Better Homes

There are many Victorian homes and dainty cottages available for sale, but many of them come with a premium. These escalated costs are due to the fact that these are considered ‘period’ homes. But recently, homebuyers have realized that they do not get more rooms inside the home or space in the yard for this extra cost.

Buyers, therefore, seem to prefer the less attractive houses which may look boring but are affordable. The facades of these homes look drab, so the aesthetic value is at the minimum. But, homebuyers today know they can easily improve this look by changing the cladding. Here’s what experts from Peter & Lesley Bracey Home Improvements have to say:

Smarten Up the Exteriors

It is possible to just paint any plain brickwork or whitewash the dirty pebble-dash to dramatically change the façade of the home. You can also clad only the upper storey to make the entire appearance of the home look better. But, you may have to clad the entire house with modern panels to significantly increase its aesthetic value.

Choose the Right Materials

One of the materials is PVC, the white version of which is the most affordable option available. But there is a wide range of pricing options available. The high quality ones cost as much as timber does. Maintaining this material, however, is easier and less expensive than timber. The low quality ones will fade with time, but those of high quality have a 20-year guarantee against fading.

Softwood is also available with pine and spruce among the most affordable. But, these will require preservation procedures, painting and regular maintenance. All this will work out to be as pricey as hard wood options. But, if you will be moving out soon, this should not be a concern.

If you want to renovate and live in the same home for a long time, then you can spend more and get good weatherboards. Oak and chestnut can be very durable. There are also fibre cement boards available, which are pre painted. They come in a range of colours and are low maintenance. Rendered finish is also an option you can consider. These are all long-lasting and will also increase the value of your property.

  • Grace A. Gibbs

    The intro of this article has a point. My brother-in-law said that he wanted to buy that worn out house he saw because it’s cheaper compared to other houses for sale in our area. Seems like he did a good job because after renovation, his new house look good as new.

  • Patsy W. Sharpe

    Cladding is a good way to improve the exteriors but I would recommend hiring a professional for this. The wrong materials will just make you waste money. No DIY if you want your home to last.

  • Randy B. Centeno

    Find a good weatherboard and your house will be safe even from hail during thunderstorms. We installed ours years ago and our home still looks in good condition!