New Home Trends: The Resurgence of the Weatherboard Look

Weatherboard in New ZealandDesigners love to use timber weatherboards when cladding the home’s exterior. Homeowners back then, however, preferred architecture modelled on Mediterranean style and had monolithic finishes, which limited their use. These days, weatherboard outlined homes are making a comeback. Recent advancements have made it even easier to construct.

The Development of Total Cladding Systems

Manufacturers started generating pre-primed, finger-jointed, premium weatherboards using pine trees years ago, which was how it turned into a norm. The recent development of the pine bevel-back into overall cladding systems incorporates corner boxes, pre-cut scribers and window facings. Equipped with fixing procedures, the systems now made it easier to set up each board and decreased the amount of finishing work needed.

The Changes in Fixing Methods

In the past, nails secured bevel-back weatherboards. This meant that contractors needed to punch the nail through the board, fill the hole and then sand it before painting. The distinct fixing procedures in the current systems have gotten rid of the noticeable face fixing. There are even systems that use plastic clips behind the boards secured in a mid-stud position on a line that puts the lap in the boards before installation.

The Ease of Each Individual

These kinds of fixings enable one person to set up the boards with ease. They can just lift the long-length boards into place and secure it in the right lap using the clip over the board below.  With this method, contractors can secure the succeeding board into place without help from other people.

The Profiled Cavity Battens

The systems install the profiled cavity battens on the weatherboard machine to enable the board to fasten into the batten using an EPDM lock trip. The profiled battens integrate the board lap and allow an easy, precise setup of the weatherboards.

Clearly, recent developments in fixing systems have made it possible for homeowners in New Zealand to make the switch from Mediterranean-style architecture to weatherboard cladding easier.