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Can I replace weatherboarding with low-maintenance plastic?

John Conlin / 22 February 2018

A reader writes to chartered surveyor John Conlin to find out what he can do to make the weatherboarding on his house less costly to maintain.

Weatherboarding house
A homeowner is finding weatherboarding costly to keep maintained and would like to use plastic boards instead


We have an old (150 years) detached house. It is covered in painted wooden weather boarding all round which really needs repainting every six or seven years and this is costly.

Would it be practical to fit plastic boarding over the existing weatherboard which could be cheaper in the long run?


If your house is listed cladding with plastic would be illegal. This apart you could be damaging the period attraction and hence the value by cladding with an incompatible material. Also fixing plastic to timber is likely to create condensation between the two, inviting rotting of the original weatherboarding.

Perhaps you would consider cladding the upper half with vertical tile hanging which would be appropriate to the age and restricting repainting to the ground floor which, proportionately, would be much less costly.

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