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I've got this square of white plastic cladding between the upstairs windows any ideas?

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Lelivre Mon 19-Dec-16 07:58:13

It's a 60s house with 3 types of brick. And this square of upvc cladding between the windows it's probably 1.5m square(ish). Some have removed it and rendered and painted but it doesn't look much better. One house has rendered the whole front middle section, looks good but it's quite an undertaking.

I'm considering posting a pic but not wholly confortable about that.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 19-Dec-16 07:59:42

What's your question?

Rudymentary Mon 19-Dec-16 08:00:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 19-Dec-16 08:00:31

How to remove it?

Lelivre Mon 19-Dec-16 08:05:49

I think removing it is easy, rather what to replace it with as it dates the property and looks quite random. Also cheapens it a bit. Is not classy anyway ha!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 19-Dec-16 08:22:44

Does it need replacing on a 60's house though? They're not exactly known for their architectural beauty,are they ?wink ( I live in one!)

Lelivre Mon 19-Dec-16 08:34:27

Yeah maybe you are right grin I thought I would ask on here before giving up as lost!

I am seeing this mid century modern look to new builds but with anthracite windows and cedar cladding and some render so I hoped I maybe able to update cheaply and cleverly somehow...

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 19-Dec-16 08:37:20

If you have wooden cladding won't that be a pain to paint every couple of years?

JT05 Mon 19-Dec-16 08:49:45

Sadolin manufacture stain and paint for wood cladding, that has at least a 7 year life. Our cedar cladding was painted 3 years ago and is still in perfect condition, despite being on the coast facing west.

Have a look on Pininterest and other sites and see what has been done to other 60s houses. Our last one had tile hangings under the windows, not beautiful but preferable to pvc cladding.

Lelivre Mon 19-Dec-16 09:19:43

Thanks! I didn't know that. I've requested a sample of this but unsure it's the answer.

PigletJohn Mon 19-Dec-16 10:05:02

A 1960's house would not have been built with PVC cladding, it probably used to be tiles. Cladding suggests the wall is a timber frame, or perhaps the windows are set into the roof.

Wooden shiplap is quite a good cladding, but it needs treating every five years or so, so will be neglected if out of reach. IMO PVC will always look like plastic, even if it has a simulated wood effect. If you are taking the old cladding off, that's a good time to beef up the insulation in that section, especially if it is a timber infill, using a rigid foam slab. You can get systems designed for rendering over, if you like a rendered or painted finish.

Lelivre Tue 20-Dec-16 22:30:13

Thanks so much. PigletJ so informative as usual thanks I wouldn't have had a clue. Good to know. Well I'll await these samples and have another look. I'm sure I can live with it a bit longer smile

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