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When building your new home there are many decisions to be made, perhaps none bigger than choosing the cladding for your home.


There are many factors that can influence the choice of cladding on a home, these may include aesthetics, durability, cost, insulation properties and maintenance requirements. Here's our run down of some commonly used cladding options.





Brick cladding has long been a popular choice in New Zealand due to its durability and low maintenance. Brick offers good insulation compared to other claddings as well as excellent weather-ability. Numerous sizes, colours and textures ensure a wide range of choices for any home. 

The cost of bricks is generally more expensive than other cladding however the initial investment may be worth it due to minimal maintenance requirements.

Examples: http://nzbrickdistributors.co.nz/



Plaster finished homes can offer beautiful aesthetics and style. There are numerous plaster cladding systems available including polystyrene panels, hebel panels (airated concrete) and masonry blocks, most of which offer good insulation properties. durability, toughness and cost varies between systems. It is common for plaster to be used in conjunction which another cladding as it generally matches well with most styles. 

Most plaster systems have a paint finish which has maintenance requirements as well as any required maintenance of sealants.


Examples: https://www.specialized.co.nz/


Timber Cladding

Timber cladding is very versatile and many options exist on the market. All approved timber cladding products are designed to withstand New Zealand conditions, however regular maintenance is required to maintain a weathertight finish. Advances in technology has provided timber treatment processes to eliminate rot and insect attacks to timber products, this has allowed modern homes to incorporate timber in ways that were unachievable in the past. 

Examples: http://www.hermpac.co.nz/


Fibre Cement Cladding

Developments in fibre cement claddings have allowed for a wide range of options to suit any style of new home. From traditional weatherboards to smooth faced paneling, fibre cement offers a budget friendly option for the new home builder. Fibre cement is strong and durable and requires less maintenance than timber, it has fast become one of the most popular cladding choices in New Zealand. 


Examples: http://www.jameshardie.co.nz/products/exterior/cladding/


For expert advice on these and any other cladding system for your new home please click the contact link at the top of the page. The team at Supreme Build are Registered Master Builders and are New Home Builders in Palmerston North.


Disclaimer: This article is offered as a general guide only. The views and information expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency in New Zealand. Any person who relies upon any matter contained in this guide does so entirely at their own risk.