Following the leaky home saga New Zealand has fallen in love with wood again. But there are alternatives.

One product is Flashclad, a powder-coated, pre-finished horizontal weatherboard aluminium cladding that according to the manufacturers has been tested to cyclone conditions of 232km/h by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (

The Branz report noted that the “weatherboard” system – not to be confused with ACM panelling – can be attached to either wooden or steel framing, has a life of 15 to 50 years and prevents moisture ingress.

It’s made of solid aluminium and the manufacturers say it won’t rot, twist, crack, warp or suffer from resin, which wood might.

Read more in the original article: NZ Herald – Future construction