What is James Hardie HomeRAB® Pre-Cladding?
HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is a solid fibre cement pre cladding that is mostly used for residential builds, especially in areas that are exposed to very high winds. It has several key advantages over traditional building underlay, including superior weather-tightness, additional structural stiffness and reduced noise in the home.
Benefits for the home owner and specifier:
- A healthier, drier, home: HomeRAB Pre-Cladding provides superior weather-tightness, because its water-repellant sealant stops moisture getting in, and the boards breathability properties allows moisture vapour to get out
- A home that stands up to the wind: HomeRAB Pre-Cladding’s rigid air barrier equalises the air pressure inside the outer wall cavity, so the new home can stand up to high winds; it's approved for use as a bracing element in up to and including very high wind zones
- A stronger home: Because HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is made from solid fibre cement, its strength adds to the home’s structural integrity
- A quieter home: If the neighbours were throwing a noisy party, what would you prefer to be between you; building paper or solid 4.5mm fibre cement board? HomeRAB Pre-Cladding makes your home quieter by absorbing unwanted noise.
- A longer lasting home: With its superior weather-tightness and added strength, HomeRAB Pre-Cladding helps homes to stand the test of time.
- Peace of mind: HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is BRANZ appraised with a 15 year warranty
Benefits for the builder and project manager
- Close in your site faster: HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is solid and built to repel the weather, so you can close in your building faster and get to work on the inside. This can give you more flexibility with managing your building project, and save you valuable time and cost on the job.
- Easy to install: HomeRAB is easy to install. You simply
- Score it with a scoring knife
- Snap it with your hands
- Nail it into place with your nail gun
- Have a cuppa!
For best results, we recommend using Super-Stick Building Tape® by Marshall Innovations or 3M™All Weather Flashing Tape.
Key product specs:
Length: 2450mm or 2750 mm
Width: 1200 mm
How the technology works
Integral sealer on face and edges repels moisture rapidly and resists moisture penetration
Advanced technology allows water vapour to escape
Withstands wind pressures up to and including very high wind zones
Acts as temporary weather protection during construction process