The first question to ask is- what causes leaky homes? But the term pertains to weather tightness issues witnessed by houses that were built between 1994 and 2004. Leakages can be caused by a number of issues, but one major issue is the cladding and when this turns out to be the problem then the solution is recladding. So it’s time to know about it:
What is the process for house recladding?
The process of residential renovation design in Auckland involves a different process, especially since there are steps involving council compliance:
- Initial briefing meeting: First the building company in question will identify the house and mark it as a leaky house or if simple recladding has to be done on it. People with monolithic cladding choose to go through this process more because of the market as recladding the house again with modern safe materials makes it easily saleable.
- Building survey: The building in question will be surveyed by an experienced building surveyor this inspection can be both visual or invasive. This will be done to determine the extension of the damage. After identifying the pertinent issues, the council will make the surveyor sign off on the processes required for the recladding construction work to begin.
- The plan is Prepared: After the report of the building surveyor, it comes the time to determine the best course of action. One can either begin working on the drawings which are the ideal time for homeowners to make any improvements or alternations as they see fit to the layout of the house.
- Council consent is taken: The building company will then have to form all the liaisons with the building council on your behalf. Auckland particularly has a very minute and stringent process when it comes to recladding. Moreover, it all comes with heavy inspections. So taking on a great team will relieve you from this hassle.
- Building work starts: The building work will then begin and the supervisor, as well as the project manager, will form the construction programme along with the subcontractors. They will take apart the previous cladding, the rotting timbers (if any) and then reclad the house.
- Building work is completed and then guaranteed: After completion, the company will apply for the CCC, also known as Council’s Code Compliance Certificate. With this, all other reclad and renovations in New Zealand will be covered for a period of one year.
Are there any positives to carrying out the house recladding work?
After recladding the house will be in great condition and it will be a great time to consider selling it or perhaps think about alterations or extensions.
What will be the cost?
The exact cost is pretty much impossible for any company to tell since first everyone will have to tear down the outer cladding to see the damage done to the inside and only after that can a price be quoted. So it is better to be prepared.
In the end, most of the work- from the quality to the speed depends upon the building company chosen for the job. So it’s important to search and find the one which will be willing to cooperate with you instead of making processes more difficult.