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We are a small, Auckland based firm of building consultants established in 1988.

If you are looking for free advice in navigating the labyrinth of leaky home remediation, you have come to the right place. However, please note that being essentially a one man band, free advice (once you have looked through all these pages) might be all you can get as we are usually booked up months in advance.

First, some cladding fundamentals: if the outside of your house is "monolithic", this could mean one of three common materials: plastered polystrene ("chilly bin"), plastered (or just painted) fibrecement or lastly, stucco (sand/cement mix about 20 mm thick). How easily can these be repaired?

Reclad or "Targeted" Repairs?

To use a sporting analogy, there are three "strikes" in the monolithic cladding world:
- the house was framed up in kiln dried, untreated timber
- the cladding was fixed directly to this framing (without a cavity)
- the flashings around the window and door openings were less than 100% watertight.

It will be difficult to find anyone who has meaningful insurance cover to "target repair" a house like this. However, there may be other options besides fully recladding the house.

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What are the "Four Ds?" - watch the video and find out!

If you found that clip useful you might like to check out our other YouTube clips, like this one which is about Why Walls are Not Watertight.