Cemintel Balmoral weatherboard cladding suits contemporary designer homes in Australia’s coastal, country and suburban areas. The boards have a clean flat face and a slight bevel on their lower edges. They have no decorative grooves, giving them a somewhat minimalist appearance.
Beauty comes from the depth the overlapping weatherboards give external walls. The face of the boards tilt-up reflecting bright sunlight. Meanwhile, the bottom edge of the indulgent 16mm thick boards creates deep shadow lines. Together they leave a compelling rhythm of light and dark lines.
These fibre cement weatherboards are more durable and less maintenance than timber weatherboards.
Balmoral Weatherboards are a modern external cladding which looks spectacular in contemporary achromatic colours like white, light grey and dark grey. Contrast the paint with black metal window frames and gutters. Then finish off front or rear facades by adding warm natural timber features like doors, shutters or privacy screens.
There are some delightful new single and double storey home styles that work brilliantly with contemporary weatherboards. These include: Contemporary Hamptons, Modern Farmhouse and Architect-designed Coastal Homes.
Balmoral Weatherboards Information
In home renovations the thick weatherboards are unlikely to match the weatherboards in old homes. It’s best to entirely reclad Queenslanders or Workers Cottages which will give them a fresh facade and a contemporary makeover.
Heritage homes like California Bungalows and Victorian era homes can have modern ground floor and upper storey extensions. That means large windows for light-filled interiors. Or wide stacking doors which encourage indoor outdoor living. This is a glimpse at the lifestyle that goes hand in hand with modern weatherboard homes.
The weatherboard aesthetic evokes the charm and craftsmanship of timber. The truth is, fibre cement weatherboards are more common than timber weatherboards. They’re resistant to the things wood suffers from, like rot, termites and permanent water damage. If they get wet, they won’t swell, warp or split meaning the paint is less likely to crack.
Not only are overlapping weatherboards a highly weather resistant type of cladding, fibre cement is tough, durable and weather resistant too. Since the paint is less likely to crack, it’s less likely to bubble or peel. That reduces the need for repainting, a major pain point of timber weatherboard home ownership.
Balmoral Weatherboards Installation
Balmoral weatherboards are premium weatherboards. Thankfully, installing them is cost-effective. That’s because the low-density fibre cement can be gun-nailed quickly rather than hand-nailed.
Installation is conventional. Nail the boards to timber stud frames or screw them to light gauge steel frames. Stud spacing can be up to 600 mm depending on wind zone requirements.
The 16mm thickness allows for a tongue and groove joint on the short ends. When installers finish nailing on one board, they simply slot in the next and keep going. There’s no need to cut boards at stud intervals, and no need for joiner accessories.
Cavity fixing is also an option using vertical timber or fibre cement battens.
Cemintel Balmoral weatherboards are deemed suitable for use in applications where non-combustible materials are specified. As per the National Construction Code Volume One clause C2D1 Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions (6) (d).
Similarly, they’re suitable for Bushfire Attack Levels up to BAL-40 when constructed in accordance with Australian Standards AS3959. External walls in bushfire zones can be upgraded to BAL-FZ when the weatherboards are part of a fire rated plasterboard wall system.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Street style has a range of weatherboards with different thicknesses and profiles including:
•Scarborough Weatherboards: similar is size to the Balmoral 180mm weatherboard, 12mm thick with shallower shadow lines.
•Headland Weatherboards: are slightly narrower than the Balmoral 180mm and Scarborough weatherboards. They just 10 mm thick and have a decorative horizontal rebate, for more of a traditional weatherboard look.
Balmoral Weatherboards Product Specifications
|Effective Cover |
Per Unit (m2)
|454470||Balmoral Weatherboard 150mm||150||4200||16||Smooth||Preprimed||n/a||0.63||120||3.2||13.44||25||BAL-40|
|454428||Balmoral Weatherboard 180mm||180||4200||16||Smooth||Preprimed||n/a||0.76||150||3.8||15.96||25||BAL-40|
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