Weatherboard options for your home
A return to the traditional looking weatherboard clad home has been a popular trend in new homes for some time throughout New Zealand. Whether using weatherboard by itself, or in combination with other cladding products like brick or a plaster finish, there are different types of weatherboard available to choose from.
Considerations over weatherboard include what colour you want to finish the house in; with dark colours impacting timber weatherboard and not really available in uPVC/Vinyl weatherboards. Maintenance plays a big part of any home along with resell value, all impacted by the type of cladding you might choose for a new home.
The following is a brief overview of the three main weatherboards available on the market.
The original weatherboard made in timber is most often found in three common profiles; Bevelback, Rusticated and Shiplap, with Bevelback the most popular. Available in different sizes; timber weatherboard is most often made out of radiata pine with cedar an alternate yet more expensive option. Timber weatherboard is available in different grades which can impact the look and/or performance of the boards.
A key consideration with pine weatherboard is only light coloured top coats of paint are recommended. If a dark coloured topcoat is used, a special undercoat/primer is required first under the top coats; otherwise there is the risk of sap bleeding through in the heat of summer which is expensive to sort. Dark colours are also subject to additional heat which can impact the longevity of the paint on a naturally moving product like timber, which contracts and expands with changes in temperature. Cedar can be painted but is normally oiled or stained to maintain the cedar look but is required on a cyclic basis to maintain the look.
Like timber there are standard profiles available in uPVC/Vinyl weatherboard. Often made from recycled plastic; this type of weatherboard if installed correctly has a long life expectancy with products such as Palliside coming with a 25 year guarantee if installed and maintained correctly.
While more expensive up front than timber; uPVC/Vinyl Weatherboard offers the advantage of already having the colour built-in, so no painting is required upfront or for the life of the product. There is however a limit to a range of colours available which are mostly light. Other savings include speed to install with this type of cladding normally double-profiled, (which is effectively like laying two normal boards at once). A periodic wash down to maintain the look is all that is required for general maintenance.
16mm thick and available in three widths and two key profiles, Linea weatherboard is a James Hardie product that has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years. Manufactured from low-density fibre cement, Linea weatherboard overcomes timber weatherboards challenges in that it is inherently stable, and so has the ability to be painted with dark colours. Linea is also resistant to fire along with damage from moisture and rotting when installed and maintained correctly backed by a 25 year warranty from James Hardie.
Linea weatherboard homes typically have a greater resell value as a cladding option over timber or uPVC/vinyl weatherboards.