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Rusty nail fixings on exterior walls

  • Heads of fixings are not protected by putty where punched and stopped 

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  • Incorrect fixing type used for environmental conditions, cladding type or finish 

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Framing outline is visible on the cladding on cold mornings

  • Condensation is forming on cladding where there is insufficient or no insulation – when walls are uninsulated or have insufficient insulation, the area of cladding between the wall framing may become colder than where the cladding is fixed to the framing resulting in condensation forming on the cladding in a pattern. 

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  • Condensation forming at the framing locations when the wall is well insulated - this means that, due to thermal bridging, the framing is colder at the framing locations than where there is no framing, so moisture condenses at the framing locations 

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Nails protruding on exterior walls

Plant growth inside exterior wall

  • Climbing plant(s) growing at the base of walls are sending shoots inside the wall through gaps in the cladding 

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No gap between bottom of cladding and waterproof deck

  • It was not installed with a sufficient gap when constructed

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There is no gap between the bottom of the cladding and a window/door head flashing (gap should be 5 mm)

  • It was not installed correctly when constructed – the gap has been required under E2/AS1 for building work since 1992 to allow draining and drying from behind the cladding

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Gap between bottom of cladding and head flashing sealed

  • It was not installed correctly when constructed – the gap has been required under E2/AS1 for building work since 1992 to allow draining and drying from behind the cladding

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Gap between bottom aluminium window flange and cladding sealed

  • It was not installed correctly when constructed – the gap has been required under E2/AS1 for building work since 1992 to allow draining and drying around the window

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Aluminium window flange is fitted tightly to direct-fixed cladding

  • It was not installed correctly when constructed – E2/AS1 for building work since 1992 has required that the window is installed with a 5 mm gap between the back of the flange and the cladding – the gap can be sealed down each side (jamb) of the window and left open across the sill

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No head flashing to window/door openings

  • It was not installed when constructed – for a period during the 1970s and 1980s sealant was sometimes used rather than a metal head flashing 

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Painted timber weatherboards – paint chalking

  • Weathering, UV light exposure – chalking will be more visible with darker colours

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Painted timber weatherboards – faded paint finish

  • Weathering, UV light exposure – darker colours are more prone to fading 

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