Let it rain: how to safeguard your home against inclement weather - Building AU
Let it rain: how to safeguard your home against inclement weather

Let it rain: how to safeguard your home against inclement weather

Waterproofing is futureproofing, with the right roofing and cladding solutions working to protect your home against extreme weather events

Words by Tanisha Angel

Wind, salt, rain and sun all take a toll on our homes, but the past few years have proven that extreme weather events are no longer once-in-a-lifetime occurrences, with torrential rain, bushfires and flash flooding becoming commonplace in Australia. Whether you live on the coast or inland, in a city or in a rural area, it’s more important than ever to weatherproof your home.

While waterproofing a home amounts to less than 1% of total building costs, water damage contributes to up to 80% of all building defects and 34% of all property-related insurance claims, according to the Australian Institute of Waterproofing. Needless to say, it pays for a home to have a robust outer layer.

The best cladding and roofing options are designed to protect your home from inclement weather of all kinds, keeping your home dry and encouraging thermal comfort. Chosen well, the right cladding system can futureproof your home for decades to come.

Much like a beautiful overcoat, the cladding of a residence should reflect the homeowners within it, with appearance also playing a key role in selecting the right cladding and roofing systems for your home.

Paddington, QLD using Euroclad Aluminium Standing Seam Vertical Panels

Ideal materials for the Australian climate

“The most durable roofing and cladding materials available are non-ferrous metals such as copper, zinc and aluminium,” Nathan Pilkington, director at Euroclad, tells ArchiPro. “These metals do not contain any iron and therefore have an extremely high resistance to rust and corrosion.”

Nathan adds that as these materials are not prone to rust or corrosion, they are suitable for use in harsh Australian coastal environments where UV and salt exposure are prevalent.

Unlike other roofing and cladding manufacturers, Euroclad provides warranties that take the unique nature of the Australian climate into account. The Euroclad VM Zinc products are warrantied for 50 years, while Euramax aluminium has a 20-year coastal and 30-year inland warranty available for Australia, with the warranties exclusively available to roofing installed by Euroclad.

Mount Tamborine, Gold Coast using Euroclad Standing Seam Zalmag Roofing & Batten Seam Copper Cladding

Factors to consider when selecting a roofing or cladding material

When selecting a roofing or cladding material, Nathan emphasises the importance of taking design, climatic conditions, energy efficiency, maintenance, weight and cost into account.

When it comes to roofing materials, it’s also important to consider the pitch of a roof. While steeply pitched rooves may be able to accommodate tiles without issues, metal cladding is often more suitable for rooves with hips and valleys as the material can be cut and folded into the right angle.

Aluminium and zinc cladding

Both aluminium and zinc wall and roof cladding are well suited to the Australian climate, offering high protection against extreme marine conditions, including high wind areas and those exposed to salt and sun. Equal parts durable and malleable, Euroclad’s range of aluminium and zinc wall cladding options are available in interlocking panels, single-lock standing seam, and flat-lock panel systems, allowing for a diverse range of architectural applications.

Both materials are low maintenance and boast an exceptional lifespan, with zinc cladding having an average lifespan of 60 to 80 years in a marine environment or over 100 years in an unpolluted environment. Likewise, aluminium has an average lifespan of 60+ years, depending on environmental conditions.

Copper cladding

Sitting at the intersection of durability and style, copper cladding has grown in popularity in recent years. Copper cladding requires little to no maintenance and only grows more beautiful over time, with copper developing a unique patina as the years pass. While it’s a definitively upscale product, copper wall and roof cladding have a long lifespan, lasting 80 to 100-plus years.

Hamilton Island, Whitsundays using Euroclad Copper Double Lock Standing Seam Panel

How to prevent roof leaks

As a country prone to flooding, it’s essential to have a roof that can withstand heavy rain. In addition to using materials that don’t rust or corrode, selecting the right roofing and guttering is particularly important to prevent leaks.

“The best systems for flood-prone areas are concealed fixing roofs,” says Nathan. “These types of roofing systems have no screw penetrations for water to get through.” Euroclad’s range of roofing systems includes several concealed fixing options, with the snap lock, batten cap, nail-strip, and double-lock standing seam making for aesthetically pleasing solutions that can withstand inclement weather. Nathan adds that roof pitch can also play a vital role in allowing water to run off in an efficient manner, thus reducing the likelihood of water buildup on the roof.

Additionally, ensuring your roofing system is properly installed in the first place can aid in preventing leaks in the future. “It's important to choose a reputable roofing contractor with a solid history of performing the type of roof you are considering,” Nathan tells us. “This will help ensure the roofing is not only installed correctly but also complies with the warranty conditions from the manufacturer.

“Maintenance is also key to preventing roof leaks. If you have heavy leaf debris on the roof for extended periods of time, this can affect the performance of the roofing material and accelerate the deterioration of the roof.”

Explore Euroclad's range of cladding and roofing solutions on ArchiPro.

Words by Tanisha Angel

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