Recladding Your Home.

Recladding Your Home.

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The term reclad or re-cladding 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.


There are many reasons why homeowners choose to reclad their homes. Typically the number one reason is a need to repair damage from water ingress.

From round about the mid 90’s to 2004, a number of New Zealand homes were designed and built using cladding systems that were not suited to New Zealand’s weather conditions. This created weathertightness issues aka “the leaky home crisis”. Some home in New Zealand still have this issue.

Common indicators of homes suffering from weathertightness issues are:

  • Leaks appearing
  • Mould or staining on ceilings and walls appearing
  • Wall starting to bulge
  • Cracked walls
  • Warped flooring
  • Musty, mouldy smells
Why Reclad

Why Reclad?

If you decide to embark on recladding your home you will have the opportunity to create a completely new look to your home. You can modernise, make additions or alterations which can have an effect on the value of your home.

The following are a few examples on the advantages of a recladding renovation:

  • Identifying and repairing any damage to framing, flooring, linings, balustrades or waterproof decks.
  • The opportunity to upgrade to current Building Code external moisture requirements and to apply current E2/AS1 details that include incorporating a cavity system.
  • The opportunity to upgrade to current Building Code external moisture requirements and to apply current E2/AS1 details that include incorporating a cavity system.
  • The opportunity to change the cladding type for example, replacing monolithic cladding with weatherboards.
  • The opportunity to treat sound untreated timber while the framing is exposed.
  • The opportunity to review and replace replace flashings with those meeting current E2/AS1 requirements.
Do I Need Consents?

Do I Need Council Consents?


You do not need to apply for resource consent to undertake recladding work. However, your building consent application will be subject to more intensive inspections compared with other applications by the council.

A general cautionary note, if you do proceed with reclad work without having been granted a building consent, the Council will issue you with a stop-work notice and require you to obtain the necessary consents before the work is able to continue. It does take time to get drawings completed by the architect and to obtain building consent.


To acquire a building consent for your reclad, the design documentation must be created with sufficient information and detail to show that the proposed house will meet the performance requirements of the current Building Code.

For example, the documentation must clearly show how the house will keep water out by specifying such things as ground clearances, balcony and deck details, cladding system to be installed, joinery and flashing detail.

At Style Plus Renovations we work closely with our architectural partners to create a building consent documentation package for council consent. The cost for this service is dependent on the scale and scope of the project.

If you would like to talk about your reclad project, feel free to contact us today.


How Much Does Recladding Cost?

How Much Does Recladding Cost?

The budget for recladding your home will depend on the size of your home and the extent of the damage to the timber.

During the review and planning stage of the project, most of the costs of a reclad can all be calculated – to an extent – such as removing cladding and joinery and the cost of recladding – labour and materials.

However, the level of remedial work will remain unknown until the cladding is removed and the extent of water damage can be seen.

If there is extensive timber damage, it will be a requirement to replace the damaged timber and additional processes to protect the remaining framing.

At Style Plus we can manage these unknown costs by making an allowance (provisional sum) for it based on evidence of water damage showing on the exterior or interior walls. Unknown costs are why it is difficult for builders to provide a fixed cost for a reclad.

Every home reclad project is different and the scope of work and cost can vary considerably. Also, there are additional fees that need to be taken into consideration such as council and architects fees.


The following are a few key areas that we look at when we determine the budget requirements:

  • The scope and level of complexity of the reclad.
  • How much damage there is and to what amount of remedial work that is required
  • Does the house have easy site access?
  • Is the house located on a steep slope?
  • Are you planning any additional renovations, additions during the reclad?
  • How much internal work is required?
  • Does your house require new external joinery?

Example 1.

The default remedial option for monolithic cladding (plaster clad home) over untreated framing is typically a full reclad project. This option allows all issues to be found. For issues with framing the remedial option is to either replace the framing or treat the timber with preservative in situ.  

The estimated cost to reclad a stand alone plaster clad 3-4 bedroom home with no work required to the roof and enclosed decks, is from $230K.

Example 2.

The estimated cost to reclad  an architectural designed plaster clad home with flat roof and parapets, no eves, and enclosed decks is from $350K. These types of homes typically require some redesign.

Example 3.

In the case of a part brick-veneer and plaster-clad house, a partial reclad is an option. For example, a stand alone, split level home with a plaster top and brick or block base. The estimated cost to reclad  is from $180K.

Other Costs To Consider.

  • Architectural documentation package for redesign and recladding between $9,000 – $18,000.
  • Building Consents cost around $4,000 – $6,000 (dependent on the value of the reclad project).
  • Building Consultant: $2000 – $5,000. 
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