RECLADDING RENOVATION PROCESS

The term reclad or recladding means to replace any part of the exterior envelope (component or system) used on the outside of the building to prevent the ingress of moisture and includes over-cladding or targeted repairs.

RECLADDING PROCESS

The recladding renovation process is not as complicated as some people think. In this second article, the Style Plus team takes a holistic view of the process and outlines key tasks throughout the project:

• Recladding Renovation Planning.
• Quality Assurance Programme.
• Protecting Your Home.
• Removal & Exposure.
• Inspection of Timber Framing.
• Building Repair.
• Re-Cladding.
• Completion.

Recladding Renovation Process

Design & Build Builders

Recladding Renovation Process - Planning

RECLADDING RENOVATION PROCESS

The first step is to obtain the council files with particular attention to the original architect drawings and the record of council inspections during the original build.

The next stage of the process is to have full working drawings created of the remedial work required and submit them to council for consent.

From the working drawings a quote and building contract can be provided.

QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMME

A pre-construction site meeting is held with the owner, council inspector, project manager and specialist consultant to discuss the proposed works.

A quality assurance programme will be submitted as part of the building consent application and its acceptance will mean that it forms part of the building consent documentation. The purpose of a quality assurance programme is to confirm that all building work has been carried out in accordance with the consented plans and most importantly a high standard of re-cladding work is carried out.

There are a number of specialist inspections that are required and are additional to the standard council inspections. The inspection schedule is:

• Pre-construction site meeting.
• Strip-off inspection.
• Remedial works inspection.
• Pre-wrap, nib, wall/cavity, substrate, insulation, fire-rating and painting inspections.
• Cladding inspection.
• Final inspection.

The inspection schedule must take place in order for the home owner to receive their code compliance certificate (CCC).

Recladding Renovation Process - Quality Assurance
Recladding Renovation Process - Protecting Your Home

PROTECTING YOUR HOME

Preparing the site for a re-cladding project involves setting up the scaffold and if required getting the shrink-wrap fitted to protect your home from the elements. Protective covering over carpets or wooden flooring would be fitted.

As a general rule, it is recommended that the owners of the property do not live in their home during a full reclad. As with full reclads the building will be without cladding, insulation and windows for a period during the work. Additionally, the building work required is very noisy, dusty and disruptive to the living environment within a home. Other types of reclads would be judged on a case-by-case basis.

REMOVAL & EXPOSURE

The external cladding is removed and disposed off-site. In general the existence or extent of any decay is unknown until timber is exposed. The extent of the removal of cladding is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Determining the exact extent of damage as early as possible allows project budget implications and design clarifications to be dealt at the beginning of the project. This is especially important if the damage is worse than initially assessed.

In order to meet the new requirements of the Building Act, joinery will need to be removed to provide appropriate sustainable weathering. This will allow for the building wrap to be installed into the window openings and an efficient flashing system to be installed.

Recladding Renovation Process - Removal & Exposure
Recladding Renovation Process - Inspection Of Timber

INSPECTION OF TIMBER FRAMING

Once the outer cladding is removed a site visit is organised to enable a ‘strip-off inspection’ to be undertaken. This inspection will then determine what steps are required to ensure the timber framing is fit for purpose. Inspectors look for the level of treatment to the existing timber framing, moisture levels and any rot or decay present.

BUILDING REPAIR

The removal and replacement of any rotten timber and other building materials that are damaged is undertaken. If any design flaws have been identified, these are also corrected at this time. Council inspections will also be undertaken such as remedial work inspection, pre-wrap, nib, wall/cavity, substrate and insulation.

Recladding Renovation Process - Building Repair
Recladding Renovation Process
Recladding Renovation Process - Completion

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