uPVC Wall Cladding Installation Costs
When considering the prospect of getting their wall cladding replaced, many people who currently have timber ones would look at the possibility of having a replacement made from uPVC instead.
This is a very practical choice especially since cladding is usually at the mercy of the elements every hour of the day.
Having cladding boards that are made of timber can be a lot of work. Even despite the constant sealing and repainting that is carried out every few years, they still wouldn’t last that long.
When fitting in a cladding made from uPVC, the old timber cladding will need to be taken off first. However, if you find that the old timber is still in a good position, you can just cap the new cladding over the old one.
This would help you save a bit of money too. However, if you have rotting timber cladding yet still insist on installing the new cladding over the old one, note that the job isn’t going to have a long lifespan.
Before long, you’ll have to deal with a less than functional system. Any attempt to replace it would mean more money that needs to be spent.
Additional costs to consider
It is common for contractors tapped in the installation of cladding to just erect scaffold towers on their own. Depending on your contractor of choice, they might choose to tap the services of a company specialising in the installation of scaffolding.
This would constitute an additional item into your overall project cost. When asking for quotations on how much the installation of uPVC cladding would cost, most contractors will not include how much will have to be spent for extra backing felt and insulation.
If you want the installation to have better heating properties, you’re going to factor the costs for these materials separately. Most of the cladding boards made from uPVC that you can see in the market these days are usually available in white shade.
Whilst a variety of colours are out there for customers to choose from, people generally go for white as it is the less expensive choice. This is also why it is more common compared to other cladding shades.
When taking off an old cladding, especially one made from timber, expect that there may be some surface damage, especially underneath the walls. It would be best to set aside an amount that will be enough to cover the work needed from some remedial rendering and cement work. Rotten timber cladding will need to be replaced.
This includes the soffit and the fascia. You may even need to get the windows and the doors replaced as well. In this case, it may be worth considering getting all of your timber cladding fixtures replaced with uPVC as it is virtually maintenance-free which means less effort required on your part moving forward.
Different uPVC Finishes
If you cladding boards are currently made of stained wood and want to have the same look and appeal when getting your uPVC ones fitted in, there are numerous uPVC cladding that is designed to look like the same wood grain finish. There are different wood grain effects for uPVC cladding that you can choose from.
However, it is important to understand that the overall costs of these materials will be significantly affected by the colours you choose. For instance, between a white finish and a wood effect one, expect that the wood effect is likely going to be retailed at double the price.
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Don’t Fall for the Cheapest Quotes
Some shady contractors out there are known for cold calling property owners in the hopes of getting them to replace their cladding whilst offering some really cheap quotes.
Whilst everybody loves the chance to spend less on home repairs and other similar projects, these contractors are known for their rather questionable practices in cladding installation.
For instance, instead of removing and replacing any rotten timber underneath, they will just ignore its state and use rather low-quality uPVC boards to cap and mask the rot. As a result, the new cladding will not last for long.
Some of these companies would offer guarantees of up to 10 years which wouldn’t mean anything especially since most of them will have been gone and already non-existent in just a matter of a year or so.
The moment they get your money, they’ll most likely disappear forever. This is why you should only stick to contractors you can rely on. Look for those with a good track record, offered guarantees and are licensed and insured to do the job. Make sure the people they send in to do the work are trained and experienced too.
Wall Cladding Installation Costs
A job to fit in new cladding boards to replace your old ones will usually cost around £1500. These figures already include costs for getting the old cladding removed, having the new uPVC fixtures fitted in, as well as waste disposal.
For the same that involves removing the timber and fitting in wood grain/brown effect cladding boards, the costs can go up to £2000.
Note that the figures mentioned here should only be used as a guide in determining what the likely project cost will be. Not included in these estimates are the number of boards needed, access, and location.
Tradesmen tapped for this job will usually have a daily labour rate of £150 to £200. For jobs that are smaller in scale, they may just choose to work on their own. For bigger ones, they may need to work with a partner. This job will likely take up to 3 days to complete but may take longer if you need the entire property cladded.
When hiring a roofer to fit in uPVC cladding for 2-storey houses, expect the costs to be around £1500. About £600 will be spent on materials, £750 will be used to cover for the labour fees, and the remaining £150 will be for waste disposal.