Monolithic Clad Houses and Untreated Timber
What is a 'Monolithic clad' house, and why are they often blamed for the leaky home problem?
To explain simply, the 'cladding' of a home is the material used to line the outside walls. This can be weatherboards, brick, blocks, or a plaster-like 'stucco' finish.
The causes of leaky homes can be split into three categories; Poor design and/or materials, poor construction, and poor quality control.
Although it is possible to identify some of the characteristic causes of a leaky home yourself, guaging the true extent of damage requires special equipment and expertise. Knowing exactly what damage your home may have suffered and how to fix it will help you determine which step to take next, and who to pursue for compensation, if compensation is an option. Therefore, an assessment of your home by a professional is a very important first-step.