UPDATE YOUR CURB APPEAL WITH NEW SIDING OR STUCCO
Most homes in Victoria will require new siding only every 40 or 50 years. That makes it a big decision. Many people just replace their cladding with what they had before because of familiarity bias — they’re nervous about taking a risk. But the stucco and siding options on the market today have never been better or more sensible. Acrylic three-coat stucco systems, for instance, enable you to choose any colour you want, with the added benefit of increased seismic resistance. HardiPlank and cedar shingles are popular siding options for arts and craft homes because of their low maintenance and durability, while metal, stone, and wood strip can add a striking West Coast aesthetic that makes your home stand out from others on the block.
MAKE SURE YOUR CONTRACTOR CAN BACK IT UP
Here on the Wet Coast, rainfall is our biggest enemy. It’s doubly true for siding and stucco applications. The leaky condo mess of the 1990s was a result of several things, including poor design, faulty engineering, and substandard installation practices. Today’s building code requires new product and installation approaches that put rainwater drainage at the forefront. Airflow and your building envelope — the physical separation between the warm air in your home and the harsh air outside — are more important than ever. Your contractor must be well-versed in these new standards, and more importantly, they should have a solid warranty to ensure you’ll be covered for future issues in case they arise. MAC has the best workmanship warranty coverage in the industry.