New Render Look Panelling to Nail Mixed Cladding Trend

The ‘Modern’ home aesthetic is the leading contemporary façade design, accounting for 61%1 of detached houses in Australia. This trend is being driven by the ‘Mixed Cladding’ look, which combines a range of materials from weatherboard, a range cladding profiles, to render.

Combining a number of building products on one facade is not only aesthetically challenging, but can also impact on budgets and timelines, as it can require multiple trades. As a replacement of those masonry elements, James Hardie’s EasyTexTM fibre cement panels offer an embedded render-look finish, to achieve the style without the need for wet trades or expensive render texture coatings.

“Making savings while ensuring quality will become increasingly important in 2020,” says Ronnie Nunez, Product & Strategy Manager, James Hardie Australia. “Consumers’ budgets are being impacted by rising house prices on one hand, while labour costs are also increasing on the other.

As such, builders need to find new ways to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and still deliver high quality homes. EasyTex provides a solution that is up to 50%2 quicker to install than rendered brick and Autoclaved Cellular Concrete (ACC). This results in an on-the-wall cost that is also up to 45%2 less than rendered brick and ACC,” adds Nunez.

The Mixed Cladding look is grounded in the principles of modern design, which dictate simple, exact design, leaving no room for imperfections. EasyTex comes pre-primed and can be finished simply with two coats of paint. It not only provides a more uniform look than traditional render, it is also less prone to dirt build up and doesn’t suffer from cracking or lime staining, ensuring long-term homeowner satisfaction.

Suitable for use as an external wall cladding in residential detached and medium density buildings. It’s also a great renovation solution for upper storey additions and ground floor extensions. EasyTex can also provide up to 11.27m2 of additional floor space over traditional masonry2.

“EasyTex is easy to use, achieves the look I want and is faster and more cost-efficient to install than traditional materials,” says, Craig Milson, Managing Director of Orbit Homes who has used the product on a range of medium density and detached home projects. “I can also use it in noncombustible applications, and being lightweight means, I can use it on second levels where masonry would be too heavy. It’s my go to for any modern home,” he adds.

EasyTex is available in an 8.5mm thickness and a range of panel sizes (2440 x 1200, 3000 x 1200, 3600 x 1200 and 3000 x 1350). For more information visit jameshardie.com.au.


1 BIS Oxford Building Materials in New Dwellings, 2018

2 James Hardie Internal Data and Engagement with Qualified Third Parties. Numbers and figures are indicative only