James Hardie launches ‘concrete look’ cladding
Leading building product manufacturer, James Hardie, has announced the release of the latest addition to the company’s highly-regarded range of premium fibre cement products: ExoTec Vero.
Combining highly-desirable natural ‘concrete look’ cladding with the confidence of the highly-trusted, fully-certified ExoTec façade system, which is known for its superior weather-tightness, ExoTec Vero ensures enduring performance for the life of the building.
Proudly designed and manufactured in Australia using James Hardie’s premium fibre cement, ExoTec Vero is built to last, with each panel factory-sealed using James Hardie’s CoreShield penetrating sealer technology, providing long-term durability as well as water and impact resistance.
ExoTec Vero is characterised by a raw, pre-finished aesthetic with a fine sanded texture and warm grey tones. Each panel has its own unique characteristics as a result of slight variations in shade and pattern.
The lightweight product is finished with crisp square edges and expressed joints, to achieve a highly authentic, contemporary façade for any commercial and residential setting, which maintains its authentic look even when the panels are cut and shaped to size.
ExoTec Vero has been released to market as a structurally stable and suitable long-term construction solution, ensuring it will prove popular with architects, builders and certifiers.
Indeed, the release of the product is timely in light of recently-publicised building cladding issues that have affected the Australian property industry.
While the issue of combustible cladding may be top of mind for apartment owners and high-rise developers, water penetration issues are also widespread and very concerning, according to a recent Griffith.edu.au report that addresses building defects.
The report’s authors, Deakin University’s Nicole Johnston and Griffith University’s Sacha Reid, suggest nearly every building in NSW and about three-quarters of all buildings in Victoria and Queensland had defects that could lead to further costs for owners in the future.
Dr Johnston was quoted as saying that whilst she did not want to downplay the combustible cladding issue, she thought that the issue of water penetration in buildings was a far bigger and more widespread problem that is verging on a crisis in Australia.
With this in mind, James Hardie Product Manager, Timothy Elliot, said ExoTec Vero provides an innovative and architecturally-appealing façade solution, perfect for use in modern commercial and residential settings.
“James Hardie’s cladding systems have proven their worth for many years now, but it is exciting that we have been the first to produce the ‘concrete look’ integrated system in Australia,” Mr Elliot said.
“The beauty of ExoTec Vero and its in-built CoreShield penetrating sealer technology is that it addresses both durability and water tightness issues – with the added bonus of a highly desirable aesthetic. It is an aesthetic that has been sought after in the market for a while and which until now, has had to be imported into Australia,” he said.
In conclusion, Mr Elliot said ExoTec Vero also allows building specifiers to have peace of mind in recommending a safe and locally-manufactured product.