You have made the decision to use Vinyl cladding for your home, great choice!
Vinyl cladding is currently the most popular exterior cladding choice in many countries around the world and is growing in popularity in New Zealand as awareness of its many benefits grows.
Vinyl cladding is available in lots of great colours and styles and if you're renovating or re-cladding, new vinyl cladding can give your home a brand new look. It can also protect your home from the elements and is resistant to insect and chemical damage. Vinyl cladding is long-lasting, low-maintenance and lightweight while still strong enough to withstand high-winds and rain and is perfect for earthquake prone regions.
When you contact Vinyl Cladding New Zealand for a price, we will require measurements from you in order to provide you with an accurate price. You may already have plans available that you can send us to price from, but if you are re-cladding an existing property you may not have access to these.
Here is a basic guide to show you how to quantify the amount of Vinyl cladding you may require for your home:
- MAKE A ROUGH SKETCH OF THE HOUSE
- TAKE MEASUREMENTS: Measure the height (ground to top), and length (side to side) in metres. The area to be clad with Mitten can be determined by measuring the height and width of the house. Start by choosing one side of the house to be clad.
- MEASURE THE RECTANGULAR WALL TO BE CLAD: Do not include gables - yet. Windows and doors are not usually deducted. Including them provides an allowance for wastage. If the windows and doors are extremely large (garage doors, sliding doors etc), some deductions can be made but leave that part to us. Continue measuring and recording the remaining rectangular walls to be clad.
- MEASURE AND RECORD ALL GABLE WALLS AS TRIANGLES: Include base length, and a perpendicular distance from base to peak (height).
- FIND THE AREA OF A RECTANGULAR WALL BY MULTIPLYING THEIR LENGTH AND HEIGHT: The result is the area of the rectangle wall.
- FIND THE AREA OF A GABLE WALL BY MULTIPLYING BASE LENGTH BY THE HEIGHT AND DIVIDING BY TWO
- FIND THE TOTAL AREAS OF THE WALL BY ADDING YOUR GABLE AND RECTANGLE WALL AREA
- ADD ANOTHER 10% TO MAKE UP FOR THE CLADDING THAT IS WASTED WHEN CUTTING TO LENGTH: It is far better to order too much than to come up short. If you have extra boards you can store them away in case individual boards may require replacement at any stage in the future. You now have the square meterage calculation for your cladding.
QUANTIFYING YOUR TRIM
- STARTER STRIP: To estimate the amount of starter strip required, measure the linear metres around the entire base of the house.
- J-TRIM: Measure the distance in metres around all windows and doors. This will be the amount of J-trim required. We like to add a few additional J-trims to allow for wastage.
- OUTSIDE CORNERS: Measure the meterage of external corners. Corner posts come in lengths of 3.05m so usually there is one Corner post per external corner of your house.
- INTERNAL CORNERS: Measure the meterage of internal corners. J-Trim is used back-to-back on internal corners. Allow 2 J-trims per internal corner (more J-trim will be required if your internal corner is over 3.66m high).
- TOP OF WALL: J-Trim is also used for this. Measure in lineal metres right around soffit line.