Does your house need a facelift? 

Are you looking to give the exterior of your home a more modern look? If so then look no further than HardiePlank cladding, Available in a range of colours this cladding can make the outside of your home look stylish and modern with very little maintenance once fitted. 
Non-Combustible Cladding 
As well as being resistant to water ingress, rotting and fading, HardiePlank weatherboards are also non-combustible, achieving the highest fire rating possible. HardiePlank has been extensively fire tested and would not contribute to the propagation of fire. 
This beautiful cladding can be fitted easily by any joiner and, smaller jobs like these could be completed in just 1 day's work which keeps costs of fitting down to a minimum. 
No Planning Permission Required 
Unless your house is listed or in a conservation area then planning permission is not required which means no awkward paperwork and extra costs. 
Kerb Appeal for little Cost 
For a job like the one below, which is an average sized bay window front, it could cost you from as little as £ 200+Vat in goods. The cladding can easily put put up yourself or it would cost you for a joiner, for a day. 
For a quick how to guide please see below. 

Cladding How-To Guide 

Step 1: 
Measure up and buy materials, for a similar area to the bay in the picture you will require: 
8 x HardiePlank boards 180mm x 3.6mt £12.46+vat each 
1 x EPDM Tape 20mt roll (protects wooden battens) £30+vat 
10 x Battens at 1mt lengths £0.68+vat Per Metre 
65 x fixings, both nails or screws can be used at this stage, if using a nail gun (make sure pressure is adjusted accordingly to not go straight through the boards.) 
1 x Starter Vent Strip £17.69+vat 
1 x Top Vent Strip £14.69+vat 
20 x Concrete Screws (to fix battens to wall) £3.55+vat 
Step 2: 
Fix battens to wall vertically to ensure proper airflow behind cladding, leaving 400mm gap between battens. 
Step 3: 
Attach starter vent strip to bottom of battens and top vent to top of battens. 
Step 4: 
Add a strip of tape to the battens, this will help stop the battens weathering and rotting prematurely, 
then start fixing the cladding boards, starting at the bottom, overlapping by 30mm each time. 
Step 5: 
Once the top has been reached cut down board as necessary and leave a 10mm gap between board and window ledge, this will help with airflow. 
Step 6: 
Once all boards are fitted, place sealant down the edge of the boards to fill the small gap left between board and wall, this will help with adverse weather conditions. 
For more information and a more in depth guide please visit the James Hardie website and download the PDF files. 
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