The External Facade is a non-loadbearing skin or layer attached to the outside of a Granny Flat to protect the building from the effects of weather and water. It is mainly responsible for the the aesthetic appeal of the Granny Flat and directly influences both building cost and property value.
Your choice of Granny Flat facade will have a significant effect on the environmental performance of your Granny Flat.
At Granny Flat Solutions, we primarily offer four (4) different types of external facades. Below you’ll find a list of the benefits and limits of these Granny Flat facades, helping you to make a more informed decision:
1. Granny Flats in Brick Veneer:
- Very popular.
- Low maintenance.
- Strong and durable.
- Excellent in fire resistance.
- Diverse range of colours and finishes.
- Acoustic performance.
- More expensive.
- Thicker than other facades.
- Waterproofness is low. Requires wide cavity and specially designed ties, flashings and cavity drainage.
- Not the best insulator option.
2. Granny Flats in Vinyl Cladding:
- Most cost-effective option.
- Available in a range of profiles, colours, textures and low or no maintenance finishes
- Durable product
- Maintains a comfortable temperate and minimises outside noise.
- Made from CFC Free Solid Foam Insulation.
- Easy to maintain.
- Vinyl does not get recycled.
- Manufacturing in vinyl cladding is not the best option for the environment.
3. Granny Flats in Weathertex
- Reconstituted hardwood Weatherboards
- 97% timber and 3% natural wax. It contains no glues, resins, or silica.
- Traditional look and texture.
- Australian made and owned product.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Weathertex is coated with a non toxic acrylic primer that is quick and easy to paint.
- Not the best facade to maintain.
- Not the best facade for fire protection.
4. Granny Flats in Render:
- Good insulation and thermal performance.
- Painted in a wide range of colours.
- Not the best facade for hiding dirt, webs and water stains.