Sometimes called vinyl siding or PVC weatherboard; vinyl cladding is a factory moulded, composite material, typically made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. That’s a similar compound to PVC plumbing pipes and fittings. Vinyl cladding has a similar look to the classic weatherboard cladding you might see on the beautiful period homes of rural Victoria, or the iconic “Queenslander” homes of yesteryear.
For some people, the term “vinyl cladding” conjures up images of caravan park cabins and cheap 1990s kit homes. But make no mistake, quality vinyl cladding has come a long way since then, and quality vinyl cladding that’s properly installed looks great and gives your home serious street appeal. With a plethora of colours and textures to choose from, it’s a flexible option that can suit almost any home. Vinyl cladding is very popular with contemporary homes because of its sleeker appearance over its wooden counterpart. Have a browse through our gallery to explore some of our vinyl cladding projects.
PVC cladding won't break the bank. In fact, PVC cladding is one of the more affordable types of cladding, largely due to its ease of installation and low maintenance properties.
No. Vinyl cladding is supremely durable and hard-wearing. Unlike timber cladding, which needs to be seasoned, primed, and painted just right for it to reach its maximum lifespan; vinyl cladding comes ready painted and protected. This eliminates a host of potential maintenance issues stemming from human error during installation. More importantly though, while timber cladding requires painting every 8 years, vinyl cladding doesn’t require repainting at all since the colour and weather-resistant properties are actually baked into the material at the time of manufacturing, reducing the overall life-cycle costs significantly.
With barely any maintenance or cleaning, a home-owner can expect about 50-60 years. With periodic cleaning and just general maintenance though, this can be increased to 100 years or even more. This is mainly because, unlike timber cladding, vinyl is impervious to moisture rot and insect attack.
At D J Kelly Building Co., we use insulated vinyl cladding (vinyl cladding with polystyrene insulation). We are also familiar with NSW government legislation on minimum thermal properties and can help you to choose the right cladding for your home and budget. So yes, vinyl cladding offers good insulation to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.
BAL stands for “Bushfire Attack Level”, and the level will be dependent on the location of your home. The greater the risk, the higher the BAL level. For example, BAL 12.5 stands for “risk from embers during fire”, whereas BAL 29 stands for “high risk, particularly from embers, debris, and heat”. If your house is a BAL 29 house, then the cladding you choose must offer resistance to embers and radiant heat in the event of a bushfire. Using non-compliant materials in your house can not only put your property at risk, but can even affect the validity of your insurance coverage in the case of a fire.
The fully trained and licenced team at D J Kelly Building Co. can help you choose the BAL compliant vinyl cladding option for your home. That’s why D J Kelly Building Co. offers the virtually indestructible Fortress Board, offering the following impressive specs:
At D J Kelly Building Co, we are the Sydney BAL 29 experts!
At D J Kelly Building Co., we’re Sydney locals ourselves, and we’re committed to providing our neighbours and fellow community members only the highest quality workmanship. We’re invested in giving your home real street appeal that will last for decades and will be easy on your hip pocket.
Our customers can testify that our team of professionals are a head and shoulders above the rest. Having been in the industry for more than 15 years, we have both the experience and the know-how to complete every job to the highest standard. With a solid footprint in Greater Western Sydney, North Shore, Sutherland Shire, Hills District, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and the Northern Beaches; rest assured that we’re familiar with your area’s unique bushfire, environmental, and council constraints. That means you’ll always get a quality job that is fully compliant and looks great!
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