Company: James Hardie

Lightweight cladding options are generally just as cost competitive as the traditional brick veneer options. They are particularly competitive when we compare them to applied finishes or look at double-storey and terraced housing. It is important to take an integrated approach to assessing costs.

You don’t get a true picture if you look at just one element in isolation. For example using heavyweight materials in setback upper storey builds usually mean using more structural members than if the upper storey was built using lightweight materials. Using lightweight cladding materials can potentially reduce structural timber and steel, foundation size, scaffolding and therefore reducing costs on medium to larger developments.

In addition, fewer trades are required. When building with most James Hardie cladding, pre-cladding and fire and acoustic systems, the only people you need on site are the carpenter and the painter. This should make the building process simpler and faster than using construction methods that needs brick/blocklayers, cleaners, renderers, plasterers and painters. The potential downtime between each trade needs to be managed to avoid lost time and cost hikes.

The upshot of this is that while face brick is perceived to be a cost effective way to build, it is not the only cost-effective construction method around. There are so many other more stylish, modern and composite cost-effective alternatives.

If you are interested in finding out more around ‘on the wall costs’ comparisons of our James Hardie full cladding range for your next medium density project please get in touch with our in-house medium density specialist Hasith Gamage: 027 703 7318.