Primesite Homes is a private, Wellington based building company and is Wellington’s most awarded builder and a long-time customer of Palliside.
“The weatherboard look is still hugely popular in New Zealand,” says owner Ash Turner. “Most of our homes use some form of weatherboard.”
Ash and Primesite Homes have used Palliside cladding since it first appeared in New Zealand and he’s been continually impressed by the durability and performance of the product over the years. Of the 20 homes Primesite Homes build every year, Ash estimates that about 80% use Palliside. In fact, he’s so confident in the product, he even used it on his own parent’s home.
Ideal for rugged conditions
It’s no secret that Wellington is home to some spectacular rugged scenery, however, building in Wellington poses unique challenges.
“We build on a lot of difficult sites — some even on cliff faces — so scaffolding costs can be horrendous,” says Ash. “And if you use a natural product, you have to paint it and maintain it. It just becomes too expensive over time.”
The fact that Palliside never needs painting makes it the obvious choice. Moreover, being a uPVC weatherboard, it is also resistant to salt corrosion from the ocean — a key benefit for home owners.
“We build a lot of baches with direct access to the beach up in the Kapiti area,” Ash says.
“If they want to use timber weatherboards, we simply won’t build the house because of the ongoing maintenance issues that come with using a natural product in these conditions.”
Easy handling has the builders on board
Palliside’s light weight and ease of use on difficult construction sites has earned the nod of approval from the rest of the Primesite Homes team too.
“It's extremely light. You don't need two builders to put it up, you can install it by yourself,” Ash says. “It's easy to cut on site and there’s no dust. It has a concealed fixing system, so you don't see the nails.”
A cost-effective, low maintenance option
As second and third-time homeowners, Primesite Homes’ clients have a good understanding of the maintenance homeownership demands. Many are keen to avoid extensive maintenance and all the associated time and financial costs that go with it. They prefer long-lasting and low maintenance products, and because Palliside comes with a 25-year guarantee and comes pre-painted, it’s a natural fit.
Compared to timber weatherboard, Palliside is very cost-effective both in terms of upfront costs and in the long term. And it’s those significant on-going savings that really wins clients over.
“To scaffold a building now costs you anywhere from $10,000 to $16,000” Ash says. That’s not including the cost of the paint, or labour.
“Our weather conditions are a lot harsher, the New Zealand sun is a lot stronger, so people are repainting their homes after five or six years.”
Factor in painting costs and homeowners could be looking at in excess of $20,000 to repaint their weatherboard house. Repeating this maintenance process over the lifetime of the building is a significant cost to the homeowner. And Palliside? It just needs an annual soap and water wash.
“When our clients see that benefit, there’s no consideration to using anything else other than Palliside.”