Every builder knows that the right cladding is essential to the overall success of a project. Whether you’re looking for timber, metal or render, a low-cost cladding solution or an energy efficient option, Dahlsens has the right advice and cladding solutions to suit your projects. Our knowledgeable team is standing by ready to help. We deal with cladding each and everyday and can assist you in comparing materials and styles, discussing technical specifications and preparing delivery. Dahlsens is with you every step of the way.
Bring your projects to life with traditional weatherboard, make it modern with vertically grooved cladding or get the textured look with rendered panels. No matter the size of your project, Dahlsens has a cladding solution to delight your clients.
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Compare and select cladding
With the rise of social media and real estate reality shows, consumers are more aware of their building options than ever before. Modern clients are demanding beautiful homes with striking curb appeal and envy-inducing interiors. To stand out from the pack, builders need to know your stuff and be prepared to give expert advice while delivering a Pinterest-worthy final product. In order to provide great service to your clients, it’s vitally important for Australian builders to stay up to date on all the cladding options currently available.
Whether it’s internal or external cladding you’re looking for, the expert team at Dahlsens is here to help you easily compare your options. Whatever style of home you’re building, we know which types of cladding will work best. We can even save you time and money by providing expert advice on the best cladding installation practices for your project.
We can arrange cladding manufacturers to come to you
Here at Dahlsens, we know that your time is valuable. If you can’t step away from site, we’ll bring the expert advice to you. We can arrange for representatives from all leading cladding suppliers in Australia to personally visit you on site and help you navigate your options and understand installation. Simply contact your local Dahlsens store and we’ll make the arrangements.
Ultimate Cladding Guide
For a wealth of information about cladding options including installation and maintenance, look no further than the Ultimate Cladding Guide, a free resource brought to you by Dahlsens.
This extensive guide provides a detailed overview of all the best cladding products and materials in Australia. In this comprehensive, handy resource we make it easy to:
- Get up to date on the cladding solutions offered by Australia’s leading suppliers
- Compare technical, maintenance, warranty and compliance features, allowing you to make an informed decision
- Impress your clients with a wealth of knowledge about cladding products
- Confidently approach cladding installation
- Save time and make selections easily
- Help your clients achieve their dream home aesthetic
With quick reference tables and easy-to-follow charts, you can compare and select the right materials first time, every time. Impress your clients with expert knowledge, seek inspiration and make your life easier with the Ultimate Cladding Guide by Dahlsens.
Dahlsens has high standards when selecting our suppliers. We only partner with manufacturers that are reliable, produce products of exceptional quality and provide strong after sales support.
In the unlikely event that your cladding materials experience an issue while under warranty, you can rest easy knowing that Dahlsens will take care of everything. No need to spend hours chasing a supplier for a resolution, Dahlsens will co-ordinate a resolution quickly and efficiently on your behalf.
For any after sales support or warranty issues, simply contact your local Dahlsens branch. We’ll do the rest.
Can you put cladding over brick?
Cladding over brick is a great option for clients who are looking to refresh their facade without expensive demolition work or long renovation timeframes. As an added bonus, cladding over brick veneer can also provide the home with higher insulating qualities.
When cladding over brick in an existing home, there are some things you should consider:
- There will be a gap between the new cladding and doors and windows. You may need to explore options to conceal the gaps.
- Will you be using a batten system or fixing the cladding into the brickwork? Using a batten system is a simpler process that often produces a cleaner final result. A benefit of this for the client is that a batten system that runs over the brickwork can help to reduce heating and cooling costs by creating a thermal break between the cladding.
- How is the quality of the existing brickwork? Don’t skimp on the time it takes to knock off any protruding bricks or mortar. If the brick veneer surface is uneven, this can cost a significant amount of time down the line when you need to straighten the battens.
What is the difference between weatherboard and cladding?
You’ve no doubt heard the term “weatherboard cladding” before; you could be forgiven for thinking the two terms can be used interchangeably. While cladding involves layering one material over another, weatherboard is simply one type of cladding material.
Weatherboard is a relatively inexpensive and popular external cladding option in Australia thanks to the many variations in size, texture and style available. More than simply a cosmetic feature, cladding is used to provide thermal insulation to homes as well as to protect the structure from typical weather events.
Does cladding need painting?
Depending on the type of cladding material used on a home, painting may be either optional or recommended. Materials such as weatherboard are generally primed for paint and can be painted in just about any colour the client would like. Some timber cladding may only require semi-regular oil application to maintain its quality.
When choosing the right cladding option for your clients, it’s critical to consider the maintenance requirements of each material, as well as whether or not the chosen cladding will achieve the client’s desired look.
If you are planning to include painted cladding in your project, ensure you have the right paint type for your desired location and material. If you’re in doubt about the correct paint for your cladding, give Dahlsens a call. Our team of trade experts are happy to discuss your options.
Is cladding waterproof?
Cladding systems must be waterproof in order to prevent inclement weather affecting your client’s home. A cladding system may consist of multiple materials such as shingles, sheet materials or vertical boards. While the system itself should be waterproof when installed according to the manufacturers specifications, the materials used in cladding may require regular maintenance in order to remain weather resistant. Materials such as timber will typically require regular repainting or other maintenance in order to maintain their integrity.
When choosing cladding material with or for a client, take into account your clients lifestyle and ability to maintain the chosen material. Installing the right cladding during the initial build ensures your clients are able to happily enjoy their new home for many years to come.
Ready to choose Dahlsens for cladding?
When you choose Dahlsens for your cladding needs, you’re choosing a family-owned and operated business with more than 145 years experience. Send us the take-off for your current or future project and we’ll supply you with a free quote, and provide you with advice tailored to your specific needs.
We make material delivery easy and convenient. Utilise our drive through pick-up service to collect whenever you’re ready, or let us deliver it right to your site. We can even schedule your deliveries to suit your project lead times, saving you storage and security costs. Have multiple projects on the go? Not a problem. We have a network of trade stores across Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory for your convenience. We can coordinate with multiple worksites to deliver your materials wherever you need them.
When you order cladding with Dahlsens, you’ll enjoy personalised account managed service. With one point of contact and our expert trade-focused service, we make sure you have what you need, when you need it.