Creative cladding brings the ‘wow’ to Christchurch home


The vision home owner Chris Stokes had for his ultra-modern Fendalton home was of permanence and longevity. He wanted to realise that vision using a combination of timber, concrete and copper.

So far so good, but Chris’s cladding vision involved dramatic, wide, vertical copper trays with a flat look or aesthetic.

As copper roofing and cladding specialists, this had Tray Roofing thinking outside the box.

“Copper is a beautiful material, we know this,” says The Architectural Roofing Company’s Bruce Gibson. “But, it’s also a natural material. It expands and contracts quite a bit in response to temperature variations. Therefore, it has the tendency to undulate or produce an ‘oil canning’ effect. The wider the panel, the greater the likelihood of movement.

“So to meet the client’s needs we searched around to find a suitable alternative. We tracked down some unique copper composite panels to fit the bill. The EFP Aluminium Composite Panels are composed of a mix of aluminium and polyethylene core, with a thin copper skin on the outside.”

The result was a copper look, with the strength and permanence of aluminium composite.

For Chris Stokes the result was perfect.

“We understood we couldn’t get the look we were hoping for with copper alone, so I was really pleased that with the solution Tray Roofing came up with. It’s excellent.”

Tray Roofing completed the Stokes’ property main house, provided standing seam copper for the pool house and copper flashings for the BBQ pagoda.