Vinyl Cladding was first introduced during the 1950’s to the US and Canadian market as an alternative to aluminium siding, which was found to wear and degrade quickly over time and powder, fade and dent.
In the early 70s it was imported to Australia also as a replacement for aluminium cladding. Through cladding suppliers, Sydney homeowners gained access to this product. It was hoped that it would prove to have greater impact resistance and durability for Australia’s harsh climate.
Why we used to love Vinyl Cladding
Vinyl Cladding quickly became the standard exterior wall cladding product for most Australian homes. The low cost of vinyl house cladding back then was enough reason for homeowners to use the material.
Since vinyl wall cladding in Sydney was imported it was cheaper to produce and seemed to tick all the boxes; claiming to be cost-effective, weatherproof, maintenance free, improve exterior wall appearance, and conserve energy.
Sydney-based suppliers of vinyl house cladding had a large market to cater to during this time. Prices of vinyl weatherboards were at an attractively low level, which made the deals even better to homeowners.
What we have learnt about Vinyl Wall Cladding in the Australian Climate
Working in the home improvement industry for over 45 years we have witnessed the impact of the harsh Australian environment on vinyl cladding prices and how it dramatically impacts the whole look of your home.
Vinyl house cladding is made from a mixture of chemicals and plastics (0.5 to 1mm in thickness) and can have a polystyrene backing. This combination makes the material perfectly vulnerable to a range of environmental factors.
What we have seen:
- Vinyl House Cladding expands and contracts due to extreme temperatures.
- Warping and buckling
- Water/rain penetration due to gaps
- Polystyrene foam (backing) acts as a barrier for the condensation build up in your home becoming very damp- creating fungi and mildew growing between the polystyrene and the vinyl cladding. (Cockroaches and ants love nesting in dark dewy places)
- Thin exterior cladding (only 0.5-1mm thick) becomes damaged very easily by anything from cricket balls to hailstones.
- Colouring begins to fade unevenly based on sun exposure.
- It is made for decorative purposes only- not strong enough for construction purposes.
- Vinyl wall cladding can melt in high temperatures.
- Polystyrene is toxic in a fire.
Why we Love and Recommend Palliside UPVC Weatherboard cladding
Palliside UPVC cladding is made and designed in Australia to handle our harsh climatic conditions. It is the perfect solution for creating a brand new up-market weatherboard look for your Sydney home affordably.
Palliside Cladding has a stylish weatherboard finish with superior quality, strength and durability, as opposed to cladding made from Vinyl, it is eco-friendly thus promoting sustainability and energy conservation. Peter Bracey is Sydney, NSW’s only approved wholesaler and installer.
Read more about the benefits of Palliside Cladding vs Vinyl Cladding.
Here are some of the reasons we love and use Palliside:
- Truly Low Maintenance
- Encases Fibro/Asbestos Homes Safely
- Top Range Insulation for temperature control – 7mm thick
- Cellular foam construction for added strength and durability
- Colour is implemented throughout the whole board for solid long-lasting colour that will not fade or powder.
- Anti-Capillary Channels ensure boards lock together preventing wind and rain penetration and also vermin nesting.
- Structurally engineered for construction of new homes.
- Double Profiled making it easy and quick to install.
- Durable inner core protects from warping, buckling, hail damage, expanding and contracting.
- Suitable for re-cladding
- Ideal for 2nd stories
- 25 year Australian Quality Warranty
Palliside UPVC Cladding Weatherboards meets a range of Australian weather and building regulation requirements:
- Can be used in Tropical Cyclone C/Terrain category 3 (as defined by wind loading code AS1170.2)
- Noise Reduction of up to 24dBa
- Type A primary construction material (under Building Code of Australia)
- Inbuilt UV protection/stabilisers
- Impact Tested (AS 2921 Appendix B)
- 0 Ignition Rate according to Fire Indices AS1530.0
- Palliside is currently being used to reconstruct homes across Australia that have been severely damaged by bushfires as it is fire rated for these regions.
Contact us today for a free Palliside sample and quote 1800 631 541.