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Leaky Buildings

Since 'leaky buildings' hit the news as far back as 2002 and the 'Hunn Report' was released, 'weathertightness issues' have been the subject of countless legal claims and the stress of many a homeowner.  

Leaky buildings and 'weathertightness' differ from general building construction issues in that it relates to the unplanned ingress of external water and the often subsequent damage. Historically "leaky building" claims were associated with the more common monolithic claddings such as:

  • Texture coated fibre cement sheet (direct fix and cavity construction)
  • Solid plaster (Stucco)
  • External Insulation and Finish system (EIFS): 'Poly'

However in our experience the "leaky building" issue is not just limited to monolithic claddings with failure experienced in timber weatherboards, concrete blockwork and metal composite panels. Often due to the time taken for water to cause damage to the internal finishes homeowners are not aware that their home is suffering from leaks.

At Veron we believe the process of identifying if cladding is leaking requires a careful and thorough investigation. This may start with a visual inspection and include invasive and destructive testing together with laboratory analysis of timber and cladding samples.

For many home or building owners this is only the start of the process. The next step may be the remediation required to remedy the defective cladding and remediate any damage to the underlying timber structure. This will require a robust 'scope to repair', plans and specifications, and a building consent.

We can offer advice on an effective repair, put you in touch with experienced contractors and guide you through the process. For more information or an obligation free consultation please don't hesitate to contact us.