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Exterior cladding

Cladding is when one material is applied to cover the external structure of the building.

Good cladding will protect a building’s structure from natural elements like wind and rain but it can have other benefits, such as, insulation, and it can boost the aesthetic appeal of a building.

Today we will introduce some exterior cladding materials.

70 Series brick

70 series brick is the most economical product of brick cladding, there are several sizes but the wide is all 70mm.

There are two popular brands in New Zealand- Midland Brick and Brickery. And we also order our bricks from these two companies.

Midland: http://midlandbrick.co.nz

Brickery: https://thebrickery.co.nz

Brick cladding is High durability and require less maintenance compared to weatherboard cladding. The natural thermal insulating properties moderate the extremes in building temperatures.

However, Brick houses require careful construction as well as involving professionals (licensed bricklayer).

If you don’t need painting on bricks, we can save money there.

Dark color bricks are cool, but more cleaning (water blastering etc) will be needed to keep the looking.

Below is a house with 70 series brick cladding, built by Japan Homes Ltd.

James Hardie Stria

More and more architects are using James Hardie cladding for a modern Façades.

Stria and Axon are two popular choices.

Unlike weatherboard, which is made from timber, JH stria cladding more commonly made from fibre cement sheets.

Stria Cladding is a durable, low maintenance cladding that can be painted any colour.

There are three styles of stria cladding- Horizontal application, Vertical application and Mixed application.

Product size is Thickness: 14mm, Length: 4200mm, Width: 405mm.

Visit James Hardie website for more information.


(Mix application of stria panel, Image from James Hardie website)

James Hardie Axon

Are you looking for a cladding with vertical lines and the smooth finish that can create a clean and distinctive design look? Axon panel is the one.

Same as Stria panel, Axon is also made from fibre cement sheets.

Axon Panel can be used in residential or commercial applications wherever a modern design is required.

There are two finishes, Smooth (133mm and 400mm) and Grained(133mm).

Smooth Size: Thickness: 9mm, Length: 2450mm, 2750mm or 3000mm, Width: 1200mm

Grained Size: Thickness: 9mm, Length: 3000mm, Width: 1200mm.

Visit James Hardie website for more information.


(Image from James Hardie website)

Timber Weatherboard

Timber weatherboard is an economical product and widely used in residential projects. In New Zealand timber cladding has been used for over 100 years.

Timber weatherboard is very popular but is probably the least durable option. Even if timber cladding is painted or sealed, it still carries a risk of spreading fire.

Timber cladding requires regular painting or staining to preserve its natural beauty and protect it from the elements.