Maximise the value of your home with quality house cladding!

Sydney house prices have risen astronomically over the last few years and many home owners are using Peter Bracey, the builder to remove inferior cladding materials, such as vinyl, colorbond, fibro, timber and aluminium from their homes and installing Australian made and engineered solid 7 mm thick Palliside Type A, UV protected exterior cladding.
Most of Peter Bracey’s client chose a complete external make over which can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to their biggest single investment and also eliminate future maintenance. The photos below are an example of one such project.

The clients idea in conjunction with the builder was to create a modern cottage look with a colour scheme that would not date!
The roof was stripped of the terracotta tiles, new battens were fixed, a 50 mm foil insulation blanket was layed and then a new gull grey colorbond roof.
The gutters, facia, barges were all renewed in gull grey to match the roof and downpipes in white, Insulated Palliside UPVC weatherboard cladding.

The old warped, cracked, powdered and faded vinyl cladding was removed along with the colorbond wall cladding on the rear extension of the house (it had extremely bad insulation value, cold in winter and hot in summer). The eaves and the ceiling of the back patio were also cladded in Icon jointed structural eave sheeting. And lastly a matching awning was fitted to the front patio.

See Project Before and After photos below

Note: The Vinyl Cladding has been changed to quality Palliside Cladding.

Before (old vinyl cladding) After (new Pallide cladding)
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Dressing up your homes foundations after your Palliside cladding home restoration!

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Peter Bracey is often asked what can be done to dress up the foundations below the new Palliside cladding renovation!

Here are a few suggestions of the treatments you can add to this section of your home to give it a face lift to complement the Palliside cladding:

  1. You can clean the brick foundation using diluted Muriatic acid,available at hardware stores.But read the instructions before using!
  2. You can clean the bricks ,as above and paint them in the same colour as the Palliside weatherboard cladding,or a different or complimentary colour.
  3. You can clad the bricks in sawn sandstone tiles or rough hewn sandstone tiles. A wall and floor tiler can perform this job or if you are handy you can do it your self.
  4. Brick pillars can be also be clad in sandstone tiles.

Most tile suppliers carry sandstone cladding.
Use original sandstone not a composite material as it looks fake!
When renovating remember quality is everything and your renovation will never date!
The following photos show different treatments used.

Before After

Roof restoration of 70 year old terracotta tiled roof!

Peter Bracey is a builder who specialises in a complete exterior home make overs and has done so since 1969.

When Peter clads a home he very often suggests other work that should be undertaken to improve the appearance of the house! Such as a roof restoration of the existing tile roof. This is inexpensive compared to the cost of a new roof.

The photos show the restoration process on a 70 year old terracotta tiled roof at Revesby that Peter is also cladding with Palliside weatherboards which never need painting, he is also covering the facias in colorbond facia cover, cladding the eaves in Icon jointed eave sheet, and erecting a colorbond awning to the rear of the home. All these materials a maintenance free apart from cleaning, no more painting. The house already has existing aluminium windows which Peter will flash, then cover the flashing and surround the windows with a trim to finish off the Palliside cladding.

Terracotta tiles can last for hundreds of years,but are subject to lichen growth which gives that ugly greenish look to the tiles.

The procedure for the roof restoration is as follows:

1/ Replace any broken tiles and ridge capping.
2/ Replace metal valleys that have rusted out with colour bond ones if necessary.
3/ High pressure clean the roof from the top down,so no water penetrates the roof.
4/ Apply an anti-fungicide to the roof to kill all the lichen spores and to clean the nose of the tiles.
5/ The ridges are pointed in coloured flexi-point,which unlike cement is flexible as the name suggests and will not fall out after time.

Peter will post a further update on this job when it is all finished

Sydney storm causes havoc to homes with vinyl cladding

Peter Bracey has received numerous reports of damage to thin vinyl cladding after the severe storms that hit Sydney during April. The East Coast low as it was termed was the equivalent of a category 2-3 cyclone!

Vinyl cladding is not cyclone rated and as a result the unfortunate home owners that have gone for the cheap vinyl cladding option will continue to experience damage to their homes!

Climate change, which we are experiencing in Australia with the rest of the world, will mean an increase in these violent storm cells in the years to come.
Peter has received orders from some of these home owners to remove the damaged vinyl cladding and replace the entire home with Palliside UPVC weatherboards, which is engineered and made in Australia and meets category 3 cyclone rating,as defined in the Wind Loading Code AS 1170.2! Palliside is also an A type building material which can also be fixed directly to the frame in new construction.

Peter did not have any reports of damage to Palliside cladding!

The majority of the vinyl cladding installed in Australia is manufactured overseas in Canada,USA and China and is classed as a decorative covering only. This is the reason it will not stand up to our harsh climatic conditions.

The attached photo shows how the vinyl cladding has been ripped from the gable and all that is left are the timber battens showing the nails protruding from them ,that originally were fitted through the nailing slots of the vinyl weatherboards and a tiny piece of vinyl flapping on the apex of the gable!

Source of storm photo above: Kim Hinton/Facebook

The importance of flashing aluminium windows when cladding !

Peter Bracey finds after investigation of faulty work performed by so called “builders” and cladding companies. 99% of times, leaks to existing aluminium windows are a result of either no flashing or insufficient flashing around the windows and behind the cladding.

Home owners should always ask the cladding company or builder they are considering employing to renovate their home,how he is going to flash the windows to prevent future leaks. It is a very simple process. The flashing should be fixed to the four sides of the windows and then the cladding covers the flashing and is butted up to the windows.

When using Bracey architectural windows (as you can see from the photo below), no trim is required to finish off around the window. This is because Peter Bracey’s windows have an inbuilt 65 mm architrave which forms a J-channel behind the Palliside weatherboard cladding where the flashing is fitted. It is always advisable to run a bead of silicone along the top of the window where the cladding meets, this will ensure 100% waterproof windows.

Before After

Peter now finds that a large percentage of new jobs are stripping existing vinyl and aluminium cladded renovations and giving the house a complete make over(refer to the before and after photos on the website for examples).

During the record Sydney storms in April 2015 Peter did not have any reported window leaks or any service calls of any kind from his past 1000s of clients.

So all past and future clients can be assured of “perfection nothing less! “

50% of our business is recladding existing vinyl cladded homes

As alluded to in the previous news post more and more of Peter Bracey’s clients are having him strip the existing vinyl cladding which they were told would “last for a life time” by the salesman. Only to find out not too many years later that thin(0.05-1.00 mm) vinyl cladding breaks down under Australia’s extreme climate.

Vinyl cladding fades, goes chalky (white powder forms on it), warps (because it is so thin), peels off the home in strong winds, becomes brittle and subject to hail damage and knocks. The foam backing becomes a haven for vermin, and mildew forms because of the condensation that forms between the foam and the original cladding. Note: that is why vinyl cladding has drain holes along the bottom, they dont work, mildew and damp wall syndrome is still a problem.

Palliside is made and engineered in Australia by an Australian company and has been used as the premium cladding for over 35 years. Most Vinyl cladding is imported!

Peter Bracey only installs Australian made materials on your home, so you know your home will look like new for years and years to come!

“Perfection nothing less!” since 1969

Below are two photos of a before and after of a vinyl cladded house that Peter stripped and renovated with Palliside and other Australian made building materials.

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Damaged Vinyl

Beware of Phoenix building companies! 7 tips you should know prior to signing a building contract!

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The Sydney Morning Herald published an article several months ago on the rise of building companies going into liquidation and the next week the same directors rebirthing the business.

These companies are usually $2 companies and provide no Home Owners Warranty Insurance as specified under the NSW Home building act,1989. They leave a trail of home owners devastated, out of pocket with unfinished renovations and unpaid suppliers and tradesmen!

As from 1st of March 2015 the state government has made changes to the act. As was the case previously all contracts over $20,000 must be covered with Home Owners Warranty insurance. However now instead of a 5% deposit it has been raised to 10%.

Here are a few tips to ensure you are engaging a reputable builder for your home renovation.

  1. Ask to see his company’s contractors license and check that it is current.
  2. Check that the “builder” is the qualified builder, ask to see the name on the company’s supervisors licence. Many licenses are restricted to certain works (many cladding companies are restricted to only cladding) and that it is current (be wary if he is not the name on the license, he is obviously not suitable or does not have the qualifications to hold one)!
  3. Ask if he has in place current Home Owners Warranty Insurance, he can not receive a deposit for work until he issues one for the project named in the contract.
  4. An easy way to check if you are dealing with a Phoenix company is to request a copy of the building companies ABN by law it must be on the contract along with the companies building license, the first two numbers are the year the Company was formed, ie, 15 means 2015, 87 means 1987.
  5. Do not under any circumstances pay progress payments until sufficient materials and or work has commenced.
  6. Be wary of companies that advertise 40 years experience. That could mean all the staff have 40 years between them.
  7. NSW Work Cover takes tradesmen’s safety very seriously make sure you contractor insulates power lines if work comes with in one metre of the lines, for example is he erecting scaffolding when working at heights? In other words ask him what safety measures he will be initiating.

If a workman is injured on your premises and the necessary safety steps, induction training and work method statements have not been undertaken you may be liable!

When you contract Peter Bracey’s building company for your renovation your can sleep soundly knowing that Passken Pty Ltd was started in 1987 (prior Peter was in partnership from 1969) and has $100000 paid up capital! The license is a full builders licence without any restrictions, current till 2017 and Peter is the qualified supervising builder with a full building licence current till November 2015, supervisors licenses are renewed each year, after completing continuing professional development courses to keep the builder up to date with current building practices.

Peter does not employ salesmen, he personally advises and quotes every job!

Peter has in place current Home Owners Warranty insurance through the Housing Industry Association of which he has been a member for over 20 years.

All NSW Work Cover requirements are rigorously adhered too!

Peter and all his tradesmen have completed the necessary asbestos handling and asbestos removal courses!

Peter Bracey does not need your money to finance your home improvement project. You still have 50% of the contract price outstanding till satisfactory completion of your home renovation!

Peter only installs Australian made and engineered materials, which have been proven for decades. No matter the quality of the materials used in your project, the most important piece of the jigsaw are the most highly qualified and competent tradesmen, some of whom have worked with Peter for over 30 years, Peter has nothing against younger tradesmen, but every home has its own uniqueness and nothing counts for experience.

“Perfection, nothing less.” Since 1969. To find out more, please contact us.

Never paint your verandah ceiling!

The two photos are an example of Palliside cladding and eave sheet used in new construction.
The patio ceiling is vaulted to allow light to enter the open plan home, highlites have also been added to the roof to enhance the light entering the stacker doors.

The white eave sheet lightens up the area giving it a warm glow and the best is that the clients built from new their Hampton’s style home with Palliside cladding and eave sheet and will never have to paint ever!

Saving them tens of thousands in maintenance costs over the life of their new home, just a hose down is all that is required to keep this cottage fresh and bright.

Peter Bracey also installed 6 metre stacker doors with stainless screens to take advantage of the open plan and the patio area views blending the outside with the interior of the home!

Why Western Red Cedar Weatherboard Cladding should not be used on Australian homes!

Western red cedar is indigenous to North America where it is used extensively as a cladding on homes in the form of a weatherboards and as shingles. However it does not seem to handle Australia’s climatic conditions, because the naturally occurring oils in the cedar dry out and the wood warps and rots.

I came across a mansard type western red cedar shingle roof at Collaroy Plateau that rotted out in 6 years and had to be re roofed with terracotta tiles. I have had to reclad many homes were western red cedar weatherboards have warped and rotted after as little as 7 years (there is one example of a home at Botany in my before and after photos). The cedar has to be stripped off the homes as the warping is so extensive that you cannot reclad over the cedar!

I had to reclad a home in Warilla / Wollongong just prior to Christmas 2014 (refer to the photos with this article) with Palliside UPVC weatherboards, which are Australian made and engineered for our climate they will not rot, warp, dent, power, fade, be effected by salt ,are cyclone rated (category C), so they will not be damaged by hail or blow of your home and under the BCA can we used as a primary cladding fixed directly on to the studs, unlike say vinyl cladding which requires a backing because it is only decorative.

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On this home I also replaced all the cedar windows with aluminium (because they had started to rot) in the brick and cedar cladded sections of the home. Note from the photos that we erected scaffolding to protect my tradesmen as required under OH&S. I do not take short cuts were safety or quality are concerned!

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The front left side upper floor was redesigned to take advantage of the extensive ocean views as the home was directly across the road from Warilla beach

Two 2700mm long sliding aluminium sliding doors were installed (the highlight window above the old doors was removed). You can see the photo of a section of the rotted timber sliding door and the tread has been replaced with Australian hardwood.

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By installing Palliside cladding, not only will your home be able to stand up to all elements, but will look like it’s been freshly painted for 50 years or more as it never needs painting. Contact Peter Bracey today for a quote.

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Cladding renovation after 9 years

Peter Bracey performed the cladding renovation on this home for Mrs M  nine years ago after she and her son had a win in Lotto and decided to spend their winnings on renovating their home. Peter was passing on Saturday and decided to drop in, sadly Mrs m had passed on, however her son  Derek still lives in the home. He said his “Mum was just so happy she had you renovate the home and it gave her so much pleasure having such a lovely home.The neighbours all told her how lovely it always looked! I just give it a wash to get any  dust off with the pressure hose and it looks like it did the day you finished!”

Peter Bracey did a roof restoration ,new colorbond gutters,facia cover eave lining,new aluminium windows and Palliside UPVC weatherboard cladding over the old fibro.

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