If you are dealing with a leaky home – we understand just how stressful this is. And we’re here not only to do a great job on your house recladding, but also to make the whole process as easy and quick for you as possible.
Why choose us for your house recladding?
- Excellent communication: We understand that this is a stressful time for you, so we’ll keep you – and the Council Inspectors – fully updated on everything that’s happening.
- Managing the Council consent process: We’ll do all the liaison with the Council on your behalf. Auckland Council has a very stringent process for reclads, with extra inspections. This gives you great peace of mind – and with our experienced team taking the lead, it’ll also be hassle-free for you.
- Quick to respond: The Council’s rigorous rules on recladding leaky homes mean that they’re also paying more attention to the plans submitted. Having Michelle Leonard in-house to draw up the plans and make any revisions keeps the project moving along as quickly as possible. This is a big advantage of using us over a building company that outsources the drawing work.
- Good old-fashioned craftsmanship: Adam Leonard is a third-generation carpenter who followed his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps in the building industry. Continuing the family tradition creates pride in the workmanship – a rare trait in many businesses today. You can read more about the Leonard family here.
- Accurate price estimates: Providing the house recladding cost can be difficult for less experienced builders, because they don’t know the real extent of the problem until the cladding is removed. But because of our extensive building experience, we know what kind of contingencies to build into the estimate.
- Family values: Leonard Construction is a real family business – Adam is the builder; and his wife Michelle is an Architectural Designer who provides design advice, and also creates the concept designs and final plans. Keeping it in the family means we can provide you with a prompt, cost efficient and seamless service.
- Project management: As your house recladding experts on Auckland’s North Shore, we’ll manage all the subcontractors for you: plumbers, electricians, gas fitters… whatever’s needed, we’ll check that the work is completed to the highest quality.
- Guarantee: All renovations and reclads in New Zealand are covered by a 12-month defect repair period. But for maximum peace of mind, if you choose to work with Leonard Construction, as a New Zealand Certified Builder, we qualify to give you one of the best Guarantees in the business. This insurance is underwritten by Lloyds of London, and gives you complete piece of mind after we have finished. This Guarantee covers weather tightness and structural defects, as well as loss of deposits if the work isn’t started or completed.
Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what a customer says about house recladding:
“Building a House or renovating your home is always stressful, so when you have to do a reclad of a house that leaks then the stress levels rise exponentially.
Adam, Michelle and Carl Leonard did their best to help ease this major process for us. Michelle with fantastic drawings and design advice; Adam with the practical skill to do the job right first time and experience to look a few steps ahead to resolve items before they became problems.
Being part of the New Zealand building industry gives me a good idea of what is good and what is bad. The crew from Leonard Construction are good. If you want the job done right first time, to Code and to latest industry best practice with minimal returns from/by council, get Leonard Construction on your project.
Don’t get some “el Cheapo” to promise you the world for a lower price because for them to deliver on that cheap price they have to cut corners.
In 2008 we did a renovation on the cheap and when we got Adam involved in 2016 we had to redo some of that 2008 work as it was substandard proving very clearly that going cheap costs you more in the long run.
Adam has integrity, will be upfront and won’t cut corners. If there are ways to save you money, he will find them and pass them onto you. Adam will work with you, not against you.
We are planning a renovation to another house and we will get Leonard Construction involved with that one as well.”
David and Emma Williams, Whangaparaoa, Auckland
What is a leaky building? And what causes leaky homes?
“Leaky homes” is a generic term for weather tightness problems in NZ houses that were constructed between 1994 and 2004. There are a number of factors causing leaky homes, however a major problem was the use of cladding systems – specifically, fibre cement sheets, polystyrene insulated wall cladding, and externally insulated plaster systems. These cladding systems relied on the paintwork as being the primary line of defence against water ingress. So just a small crack in the cladding or paintwork would allow moisture to enter the building envelope, rotting out the timber framing. And to make matters worse, during this era the timber framing was not adequately treated to withstand moisture.
Another factor contributing to leaky homes is that Mediterranean-style houses were very popular in New Zealand in that era. These homes have features such as flat roofs, minimal eaves, minimal (or no) flashings, recessed windows, and internal decks and balconies that make it much easier for the water to penetrate the building.
Although it is the failure of the cladding system that causes leaky homes, if the moisture penetration has been taking place for some time, it’s not just the cladding that needs replacing, but also parts of the framing.
What is the process for house recladding?
The process for recladding a house is slightly different to our normal building process, as there are some extra steps involved for Council compliance.
- FREE initial briefing meeting: we’ll identify whether your house has been formally identified as a leaky home, or whether you simply want it reclad. We’re finding that many people are choosing to reclad homes with monolithic cladding, even if they don’t have any issues, because of market wariness. Recladding with a safe, modern material can help you achieve top dollar when you come to sell your home.
- Building survey: If your home is a leaky home, we’ll engage an experienced Building Surveyor to conduct a site inspection. This inspection can be either visual or invasive, and will determine the extent of damage to your home. The inspection is key to identifying issues, and the Council will require the Building Surveyor to complete quality assurance and sign-off processes throughout the construction process.
- Plan of action: Once the Building Surveyor has completed the report, we can then determine the best course of action. We can then also start work on the drawings, which is an ideal time for you to make any alterations and improvements to the layout and spaces in your home.
- Council consent: We’ll do all the liaison with the Council on your behalf. Auckland Council has a very stringent process for reclads, with extra inspections. This gives you great peace of mind – and with our experienced team taking the lead, it’ll also be hassle-free for you.
- Building work commences: As soon as we get the go-ahead from the Council, we can start on the building work. Adam supervises and project manages the construction programme and sub-contractors, and we’ll liaise with the Council inspectors throughout. And you’ll be kept fully informed of the progress.
- The building work is completed and guaranteed: We’ll apply for the Council’s Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) on your behalf. All renovations and reclads in New Zealand are covered by a 12-month defect repair period. But for maximum peace of mind, if you choose to work with Leonard Construction, we can give you one of the best Guarantees in the business. This insurance is underwritten by Lloyds of London, and gives you complete piece of mind after we have finished. This Guarantee covers weather tightness and structural defects, as well as loss of deposits if the work isn’t started or completed.
Are there any upsides to the house recladding work?
For example, if you’ve always wanted your home to be more open plan – or totally re-evaluate the layout and flow of your home – now is a good time to do it.
Take the next step: organise your FREE briefing meeting today
Put an end to your leaky home hassles, and start enjoying your home again. Simply contact Leonard Construction to arrange a free briefing meeting, or to ask any questions you have about your reclad.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you.