A full reclad usually involves removing the exterior 'skin', or cladding material from your house, inspecting and repairing the timber framing, then reassembling using current materials and construction techniques. A full reclad is recommended when the cost of target repairs becomes too high, or the reliability of target repairs cannot be guaranteed.
Although expensive, a full reclad is often the only way to ensure a home is, and will remain weathertight. It is also the only way to restore the value of the property.
A full reclad can take between three and six months, depending on the size of the project. Some home owners opt to continue living in the dwelling while repairs are being undertaken, but many move to temporary accommodation to prevent building delays, and reduce stress.
Before deconstruction begins, weather protection and scaffolding to enable access to all areas is
erected. Deconstruction of the cladding envelope can take place in stages, or all in one go depending on the circumstances. The windows are removed by cutting them out, leaving some inevitable interior damage. Once the cladding is off, the degree of framing decay is ascertained so builders know how much needs replacing.
The building will then be reconstructed to match the specifications on the building consent, which will have detailed drawings of all the remedial work. Although the cost of reconstruction and the time taken can vary depending on the amount of damage discovered, experienced surveyors are fairly accurate at estimating damage, and construction companies at estimating time so delays should be limited.