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When we first bought our investment property, we seriously didn’t look at the exterior cladding. It was quite simply buy and then lease it out. It was a terrible mistake for us because looking back, we didn’t realize how bad it looked let alone the damage it did for the entire value of the property.
But, we didn’t just leave it there.
As we became more aware of the need to maintain the property and improve its value, we decided that something had to be done to give it a facelift.
Before renovation, we had corrugated metal cladding. It didn’t feel too bad have this material. What really did look bad was the colour of it – blue. We painted it ourselves and God knows what was going through our mind at the time of paint selection.
Anyway, with the help of a trusted handyman, we opted for hardiplanks. These were purchased from Leon Hardware but they’re widely available so you can check your nearest hardware store.
So just exactly what are hardiplank claddings?
In brief, these are nominal 8 mm thick fibre cement plank intended as external cladding for residential buildings although they can be used for commercial buildings too.
Layering the planks isn’t really an extremely difficult job although if your house is a bit higher, say a two storey high building, you’ll most likely have to use scaffold and it can be a challenging task.
A few lessons we’ve found in replacing the external cladding:
- You’ll need the help of a handyman or builder
- Unless you have a large truck to transport them, you’ll need to hire a large truck for delivery. Fortunately, there’s trucks parked outside hardware shops ready to deliver. Depending on where you are located, costs can range from K150 to K250 per load.
- Before having the hardiplanks delivered, make sure you have enough space to place and store them because they can take up a large area of space.
- Depending on the height of your building you may need scaffold. Thankfully, we had a colleague who had his own so had no trouble hiring them for a couple of weeks.
- Most hardieplanks come in white but you can actually paint over them. We didn’t paint ours and if we did, we’d certainly refrain from using blue!