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Types Of Monolithic Cladding

Exterior Plastering Auckland Wide

Monolithic Cladding

Did you know

Cladding is one of the most critical components of any home when it comes to maintenance, liveability and comfort. It is also an important decision home buyers have to consider when choosing between an existing or new home.

New Zealand homes

New Zealand homes have been built using monolithic cladding since the 1920s using Stucco – the oldest of the three different types of monolithic cladding used in home construction.

Weathertightness Issues

All types of monolithic claddings are known to have weathertightness issues due to water getting past the outer plaster surface wherever gaps and holes are usually at junctions with other items.

Factors affecting the home's weather tightness


Junctions of any kind - where cladding meets another products

Windows lack of sealant or leaking mitres.

Lower Roofs where they meet cladding and have inadequate drainage.

Gutters and Rain-heads degraded or badly installed.

Monolithic surfaces are prone to heating and cooling causing expansions and movement - causing cracks

In adequate ground clearances causing water seepage and ``wicking`` into the wall structure.

Knowing Types of



  • Cement-based plaster used over different backing materials
  • Backing include fibre-cement and plywood sheeting or building paper.
  • Used since 1920s.

Texture coated fibre cement

  • Cladding sheets made from cement.
  • Sheet joints are textured together and prone to cracking
  • Used since 1970s.

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems)

  • Sheets made up of polystyrene boards. Plaster and paint finished.
  • Most recent type used since 1980s.
  • More information available at Consumer


or you have an older monolithic home and want to prevent future issues, do not wait until the problem gets worse with or without your knowledge! We are the recognised leading brand in the weathertight homes industry.


Occasionally homes with these claddings do not have sufficient drainage resulting in water ingress into the wall structure inside the cladding. This retention of water on the inside of the cladding causes the frame to rot causing costly damage.

As weathertightness specialist, Sound Homes NZ has been providing maintenance and repairs for all types of monolithic cladding Auckland wide. We have experience working with homes that suffer from water leaking issues (even some new homes) so that they avoid the ‘leaky homes’ plague. We even do recladding for cladding that has experienced too much water damage however in most cases everything is fixable without the costly reclad.

Bottom Line

Your home’s FIRST LINE of defence is actually the paint coats. Degraded or aged paint often allow water through and into your cladding, causing swelling and further damage.