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You can re-clad your home if you have already installed a cladding material on the exterior wall of your house. Re-cladding your house means tearing away the former cladding material and replacing it with a new cladding. If you clad your house with wood cladding and you want to change the wood, you can re-clad your house with a good composite cladding. The process of re-cladding your home is easy if you know how to use simple hand tools. 

Reasons for Re-cladding Your Home

There are several reasons homeowners have decided to re-clad their homes.

Installing a Less Durable Cladding Material

Installing a cladding material that is not durable is one reason homeowners have decided to re-clad their home. The durable cladding material is one that will resist the pressure mother nature placed on it.

Also, a durable cladding is one that is not susceptible to insect attack. If you examine wood cladding, for example, you will discern that it is less stable when you compare it with cladding like composite. 

Termite will attack your wood cladding quickly after you have installed it. Another thing about wood is that it will rot or swell when it absorbs moisture. Also, wood cladding will break or splinter when you expose it to fluctuating temperature.

Aside from that, wood cladding is not easy to maintain. You have to sand, seal, stain or paint your timber cladding so that it will last long.

 Mould and mildew will thrive on timber cladding and makes it less durable. These are the drawbacks of wood cladding material. So, if you clad your home with wood cladding, you will not be satisfied with your cladding, and you will want to re-clad the exterior wall of your house. The same applies to other less durable cladding material.

Installing a Less Attractive Cladding Material

Installing a less attractive cladding material on the exterior wall of your home is another reason you might consider re-cladding your home. There are several kinds of cladding materials out there in the market. But there are just a few attractive claddings. 

One of those few attractive claddings is composite cladding. An example of ugly cladding is wood or stone cladding. Stone cladding fades quickly, and it does not have a beautiful design pattern. Wood cladding also fades quickly making you want to paint it every time. Another thing about stone and wood cladding is that they have only one kind of look.

 But composite cladding comes in various colours. You can get brown, black, anthracite grey and much more. Also, the colour of composite cladding will last longer than the wood cladding. This makes composite cladding an attractive cladding option.

Installing a Cladding that Is not Easy to Maintain

Another reason you might want to re-clad the exterior wall of your home is if you install a cladding that is difficult to maintain. Timber cladding is one such cladding. The process of taking care of timber cladding is laborious. You have to stand to sand, seal, paint or stain your wood cladding. This maintenance process will cause pain to your hands.

 Also, since you install your cladding high up the exterior wall of your home, there are spots that you cannot reach. This makes cleaning those spots difficult. Aside from that, timber cladding maintenance cost more money than other cladding maintenance. 

You have to purchase the paint or stain that you will smear on your timber. Another thing is that timber and most cladding types except composite cladding breed mould. So, you have to waste your time trying to remove mould from the surface of your wood cladding.

How to Re-clad the Exterior Wall of Your Home

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Step One – Tear off the Old Cladding

Whether it is timber, stone or aluminium cladding that you want to change, you have to tear off the old cladding to give way for the new one. You must be careful when you are tearing off the cladding and must ensure that the wall of your home is intact.

Step Two – Fix the Frame

After tearing off the old cladding, you should make sure you fix the frame that you will put the new composite cladding on. You have to carry out a little calculation here to know the dimensions of the exterior wall of your home. 

Step Three – Arrange the Composite Cladding Boards

When you have installed the frame, you should arrange the composite cladding boards. You should use the right fasteners for your composite cladding. 

Conclusion

You can re-clad the exterior wall of your home if your cladding is old. One good cladding material that you can use to re-clad your home is composite cladding. This cladding material is durable, strong, easy to maintain, and attractive.

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