A-lign Fencing Makes a Statement in Whangarei

It was the style factor and expected ease of installation which drew home owner Andy Pothan to choose Jenkin A-lign Fencing to compliment his Whangarei home.

Do you own NZ’s Worst Fence? Win an A-lign Fence!

Win a Jenkin A-lign Fence

We are looking for New Zealand’s worst fence! Could it be yours? Is it broken, MIA, tagged on, crumbling, decrepit, made of tarpaulin, and in dire need of a makeover? Tell us why your fence is a fail, and you will be in the draw to win an epic A-lign fence!

Morrinsville Builders Start the Day Right

The Big Breaky at Placemakers Trade Breakfast

Ask any bloke on a building site what the ideal way to start the day is and it's quite likely they will talk about food!

Build Your Own Raised Garden

DIY raised garden bed

Eating fresh vegetables that you’ve planted, grown and plucked from your own garden is incredibly satisfying, and something that the whole family can enjoy. If you’re thinking of giving home vege gardening a crack, building a raised garden is a good place to start.

Anything Boys Can Do – Girls Can Do Better! The Block NZ

The Block NZ Girls VS Guys cast (image source Womans Day)

The Block NZ has returned for it’s fifth season and brings a new twist to the show – pitting teams of girls against boys.

Mount Home Gets a Jenkin Makeover with A-lign

Mount home gets a makeover

An old, cedar weatherboard house on Maranui Street, Mt Maunganui is undergoing a massive, architecturally-designed renovation and full reclad using our Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix system.

Weathertight and future-proof

Products like our Jenkin A-lign range are proven weathertight and BRANZ-appraised

Weathertightness refers to the ability for a building to endure the effects of the natural elements - namely wind, rain and moisture - over the long term.

Why Poor Quality Building Products Just Won’t Cut It

Jenkin A-lign products are BRANZ-appraised so you can be sure they're fit for purpose

Choosing cheaper products to save a few bucks here or there can be all too tempting when building or renovating on a budget. But don’t be fooled! Some substandard building materials could end up costing you more in the long run.

Jenkin Talks Finger-Jointed Pine and Sustainably Grown Timber with Peter Wolfkamp, Resident Builder

Peter and Bruce talk finger-jointed pine and sustainable timber

In Part two of the NewstalkZB Interview, Bruce Barclay and Peter Wolfkamp talk Finger-Jointed Pine. Listen to the NewsTalkZB interview here.

Jenkin talks Timber Weatherboard Care with Peter Wolfkamp, Resident Builder

Bruce Barclay talks Timber with Peter Wolfkamp on NewsTalkZB

Our sales and marketing manager Bruce Barclay headed into the NewstalkZB studio bright and early on a Sunday morning to chat with radio host and building expert Peter Wolfkamp (also our A-lign brand ambassador) about caring for weatherboard exteriors.  Listen to the NewsTalkZB interview here.

Shady Situations- Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space

The Block NZ does Outdoor Rooms well

This summer has been a scorcher hasn’t it!  While a huge backyard is a major drawcard, what many buyers are now looking for in a property is an outdoor space that offers shade during the summer months (yes please!) and shelter during winter.

Ready, Steady...Reclad

Ready, Steady, Reclad.

Reclads are an increasingly popular option for Kiwi homeowners wanting to update, weatherproof and future-proof their house. It makes good sense if you consider that for many of us our home is our biggest asset!

Introducing A-lign Vertical Cladding!

Vertical cladding features on The Block NZ

Our founder Harry Jenkin held a simple philosophy “You don’t sharpen tools — you keep them sharp.” Today, almost one hundred years on, “staying sharp” is still the driving force behind our business – as we strive to bring integrity, innovation and foresight into everything we do.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Dornbusch House, Esk Hills, BayView, Napier

High on the Esk Hills in Bayview, Hawkes Bay sits a rather special house. The home is exceptionally good looking, white fresh timber with wraparound deck and views - but there are other factors that make it special.

Tru-Pine adds design appeal on The Block NZ

Tru-pine features throughout Sarah and Minanne's Outdoor Room

While last years Block NZ Villa Wars had many stand out moments and some great design ideas – the real triumph had to be the “Outdoor Rooms”.

Our Ryobi Toolkit Winner and Competition Round-Up

Dylan Hurst, winner for the Ryobi Toolkit

At Jenkin Timber we are huge fans of getting stuck in to get things done, and doing it right.   All of our products have been designed to save both novices and builders alike time and money – while offering ultimate peace of mind.

The Block NZ teams achieve huge profits!

Brooke and Mitch, winners of The Block NZ 2015 Source nzherald.co.nz

Sunday night was a fairly big night in TV land as the nation waited with bated breath to see who would win The Block NZ: Villa Wars at the Live Auction.

A Photo-Worthy Finish: Jenkin’s A-lign Nail Fix cladding shines on The Block

Jamie and Haydens backyard features Jenkin A-lign cladding. Source TV3.co.nz

This week The Block NZ teams are back indoors but we would be remiss if we let the last week slide without a mention of the FABULOUS cladding finish of their home exteriors.

Fool-proof Fencing. Well, Almost Fool-proof…

A-lign Fencing is a hit on The Block NZ year after year.

“The A-lign fences are a lot easier to put up than I thought. They really just click in together. It’s just about cutting them right and nailing them in.” Such were Minanne’s famous last words on The Block NZ Villa Wars this week!

Win a Ryobi Toolkit with Jenkin Timber, suppliers to The Block NZ

Win a Ryobi Toolkit with Jenkin Timber, suppliers to The Block NZ

Calling all Block-A-Holics! The Block Villa Wars is well underway – finding it’s stride as we hit Week 6 – and now it’s your chance to win!

Beating the Boom- New Build Savings with Jenkin Timber

A contemporary Tauranga Villa built with A-lign.

House prices these days are enough to make your head spin. Auckland house prices have risen by 5% over the last three months alone and nationally by an average of 3.3%. It’s not all doom and gloom though, and planning a new build could be the most sensible way to go to keep costs down.

DIY Activity Idea – Kid’s Playhouse

DIY playhouse provides hours of old fashioned entertainment

With the end of the school holiday’s looming you may have just about exhausted your arsenal of activity ideas. There is one you may have overlooked though – building a cubby house.

A-lign Set for Another Season of The Block NZ

The new season of TV3’s The Block NZ is scheduled to hit our TV screens soon - and we’re seriously pumped to see what this years coupl

Block Fever: Building up to The Block 2015

Maree and James house on The Block NZ 2014 showing off Jenkin A-lign cladding

We’re gearing up for the fourth season of TVNZ’s The Block NZ which will see four houses in a popular central Auckland suburb completely transformed - room-by-room, week-by-week, challenge-by-challenge - by four teams of mad keen DIYers.

Dream Home in The Hutt

Stunning A-lign home on Golf Road. Image: Kevin Hawkins

Featured on our blog in October last year while under construction, the stunning home of Bill and Jan Peryer, owners of Peryer Construction, was recently photographed for us finished and looking top-notch.

Perfecting the Exterior Paint Finish

Transform your home's exterior with a high quality of cladding and the perfect paint finish.

We love seeing a well chosen exterior colour palette in action, especially when it’s an A-lign job. Whether it’s bold and contemporary, classic or neutral, the choice of colour scheme can add a whole new dimension to your home’s exterior and take it to the next level.

A-lign’s a Hit at BuildNZ

Jenkin's Area Sales Manager Brent Speers with A-lign ambassador Peter Wolfkamp

The team at Jenkin has recently returned from three fantastic days at BuildNZ where we showcased our A-lign range of products to a keen audience of trade professionals, homeowners, architects, designers and merchants.

Why Go The No-Nail Way?

The Concealed Fix option is even easier and faster to install.

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we launched A-lign Concealed Fix at BuildNZ. Our nail-free system has been a huge hit and a fantastic addition to the A-lign cladding family.

Cool, Calm and Collected

This Flat Bush home uses A-lign Nail Fix to its best advantage

Situated on an elevated site in Flat Bush, Auckland this architecturally-designed home utilises Jenkin's A-lign Nail Fix system - and we’re sure you’ll agree - it creates a stunning first impression.

Renovating a Classic Kiwi Villa

Villas and Bungalows are commonly renovated throughout NZ

The classic Kiwi villa is often the sought after home for many, with its classic, solid design, high ceilings and spacious rooms.

Peter Wolfkamp takes on his own A-lign Challenge

Peter Wolfkamp shows off his new A-lign fence

To say Peter Wolfkamp has been busy lately is an understatement.  What with hosting radio shows, running a Fencing Challenge at St Heliers School Fair, MC-ing at the Mazda Foundation, Fundraising and shaving his hair for the Shave for a Cure Campaign, and now traveling throughout Europe, it’

Peter Wolfkamp and Suzy Brown Showcase A-lign

A-lign on display at the Mitre 10 Builders Breakfast

Trade Breakfasts are a great way to meet local builders, showcase our wares and catch up with other industry experts.

Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp takes on the St Helier’s locals in a Fencing Challenge

The St Heliers locals give building an A-lign fence a good crack

Our A-lign Ambassador, Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp, is a long time fan of Jenkin A-lign products, having seen the products in action while having first hand experience using them himself.

A-lign In Action

A-lign in Action

New Zealanders are big on weatherboard.  It is strong and durable, long lasting, made with natural timbers, and offers the classic quality look that Kiwis love.  Building or renovating a home with weatherboard goes hand in hand with installing a good looking fence- and that’s why we des

Nail Your New Build – Make Value-Driven Decisions

Jenkin A-lign gives an exceptional finish

When planning a new build there are tons of options to consider. Budget, council and land restrictions aside, the horizons are limitless. But with options come endless decisions.

Build Your Own Outdoor Table Setting

Make your own outdoor table. Image source http://remadeit.co.uk

The kiwi summer is not complete without an outdoor BBQ and large timber table to spread out on during those lazy evening dinners in the sun.

None of this Slip, Slop, Slap. A Quality Paint Job is Crucial

The Block NZ 2014 showing off Jenkin A-lign cladding

Colour has the potential to become a point of design in your home, both inside and out.

Boredom Busters: DIY Projects for the Kids

DIY summer project: Image found on handmadecharlotte.com

We have a whole Pinterest Pinboard dedicated to fun DIY projects involving timber and kids. There are some great ideas to keep everybody occupied and entertained over the long summer break.

Getting Ready for Christmas

Spruce up your outdoors in time for Christmas. Image by Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, again!

Peter Wolfkamp gives St Leo’s Catholic School a Fencing Challenge

How fast can you build a fence?

Our Jenkin A-lign brand ambassador, Peter Wolfkamp, has been busy as of late.  Among his many other ventures Peter has been featuring most week nights on our TV screens as Resident Builder on the latest season of The Block NZ...

A Stickler for Detail

A reclad challenge made easy for Taylor Developments Ltd

Reclads have become big business of late. Just ask Colin Taylor- he should know. His company, Taylor Developments, is halfway through their 14th reclad in less than two years.

Peter Wolfkamp Demonstrates A-lign at Bunnings Glenfield

Pete Wolfkamp, Jenkin's A-lign Brand Ambassador demonstrates at Bunnings.

Resident Builder – Peter Wolfkamp will be on site at Bunnings - Glenfield, 80 Wairau Road, from 11am this Saturday 15th November.
Come and see Peter with his trusty Mazda BT-50 Ute, packed full of Ryobi tools, plus demonstrating the fantastic Jenkin A-lign Fencing.  See you there.

Mixing It Up In Karaka

A-lign Clad Karaka Home

The up-and-coming Greater Auckland suburb, Karaka Harbourside, is the location of the most recent build featuring Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix system.

Eco-principles Inform Dream Build

Golf Road A-lign home

Bill and Jan Peryer, owners of Peryer Construction WGTN Ltd have just finished the exterior build of their dream home.

Win the Ultimate DIY Toolkit Challenge

Win the Ultimate DIY Toolkit
Win the Ultimate DIY Toolkit

Kiwis are world renowned for their love of DIY, home renovations and just getting their hands stuck in and giving it a go!  We are well known as being dreamers, innovators, and doers.  And with this reputation for being able to put our hand to anything, who wouldn’t love a good ole’ challenge to prove our number 8 wire mentality?

Fabulous Fencing

NZ Design and Build Showhome, Papamoa

Fences are multi-purpose. They offer privacy, clearly delineate a property line, and are an essential element if you happen to have any pint-size critters (of either the four or two-legged variety running around).

A Rich Heritage

Tinakori Road townhouses by Amarus Construction

If you are looking for some colour and history in Wellington, Tinakori Road is the place to go.

Carpentry students Sry Jenkin A-lign On For Size

Carpentry students try Jenkin A-lign on for size

Down in Porirua, there is a new kid on the carpentry block. The students from Whitireia NZ Trades Institute have just completed a first-time project; a transportable pre-fab constructed in Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix bevelback weatherboard.

A Meeting Place by the Sea

Maraetai home built with A-lign Nail Fix

When your job involves working with the pick of exterior claddings, what do you choose when comes to building your own home? Jenkin A-lign Nail Fix of course!

Warm, Dry and Cosy – Weathertight Homes with A-lign

A weathertight A-lign Concealed Fix home

It is hard to escape the fact that it is winter. While not the coldest winter on record it has felt long, grey and…wet. And it’s at times like this we are particularly grateful for a warm, dry and cosy home. 

Jenkin Welcomes Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp as Brand Ambassador!

Pete Wolfkamp, Jenkin's A-lign Brand Ambassador demonstrates at Bunnings.

We are thrilled to have Resident Builder Peter Wolfkamp on board as a brand ambassador for our popular Jenkin

Re-purposing Pallets at Home

Outdoor furniture made from recycled pallets

Re-purposing pallet boxes has become a bit of a craze, and for good reason. Pallets are a fantastic source of cheap timber, and, given the number of different wood finishes available, they are very versatile.

Builders Beef Up At Carters Breakfast

The Builders Breakfast was a chance to show off Jenkin products

There is no better way to kick off a Friday than with a massive cooked breakfast, so that is exactly what the team at Carters Glenfield did last week, putting on a spread for around 125 builders at the Pupuke Golf Club in Forrest Hill.

It's Getting Cold Out There! Get Winter-Ready

Get Winter Ready

Winter has well and truly hit. If you are anything like us, all you will want to do over the winter months is hunker down by the fire and watch the footy. However, there are a couple of odd jobs you might want to think about before you close up that garden shed, retire the deck, and switch on the T.V.

One Out of the Box

Russ Deasy is a fan of A-lign Fencing

Russ Deasy is a bit of an anomaly. But it works. An ex-engineer, Russ sold his automation business when he moved to Auckland, and turned his hand to building and designing fences and decks.

Housing Concepts Build Fifth A-lign Home with Outstanding Results

An A-lign Concealed Fix home built on Rural View Drive, Warkworth

Dave Dhorman, owner of Housing Concepts in Warkworth, has recently completed their fifth house using Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix bevel back weatherboard and he continues to be a faithful fan of the no nailing concept- particularly because of the premium finish this system gives.

Jenkin Timber Head Back to School

Westmere School using Jenkin A-lign

An 18-month rebuild, featuring Jenkin A-lign timber, has just kicked off at Westmere Primary School in Auckland. A mammoth undertaking, this will include the building of a new, two-story library and administration block, and 17 new classrooms.

Jenkin A-lign Pops Up in Pokeno

Stonewood Showhome Pokeno

World famous (in NZ) for it’s giant ice creams, Pokeno has just become home to another New Zealand stand out – the latest Stonewood show home.

Making an Entrance

A stunning driveway creates a dramatic first impression. Image source pixdaus.com

Creating a dramatic entrance can add enormous value to your home, with the potential to create a strong first impression and initial WOW factor.

Turn Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor Green with Envy

Narrow shed using weatherboard cladding. Source bunnings.com.au

While we can’t all grunt like Tim ‘The-Tool-Man’ Taylor, having a shed (man-cave) to rival even “Tool-man” status is definitely possible.  The key to a perfect shed is choosing the right building materials for your needs.

Let's Hear it for the Boy!

Patrick Roskam with his patented invention. Image source Stuff.co.nz

If you have any doubts about where NZ is heading, rest assured that the future is in safe hands with our younger generation.  And keeping our good ole’ “No.8 wire” spirit alive and kicking is a young lad hailing from the heart of the Waikato.

NZ Design and Build Showroom Stops Traffic

NZ Design and Build Showhome using Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix

If you are heading to the Bay to catch some sun at the end of this month, skip the ice cream stop and check out NZ Design and Build’s newly finished showhome in Papamoa.

The Perfect Finish For The Deck

A timber deck is the perfect compliment to your home.

Let’s face it – the kiwi summer is all about outdoor living – and the piece de resistance of any great kiwi home is the deck.  This part of the home will be seeing a lot of action over the next few months

Your Christmas Gift Guide

The I Love Ugly Wallet range is a hit with the blokes

After weeks of Christmas shopping here are a couple of our favourite gift ideas to help you cut out the leg work.

Getting All Alfresco

Alice and Caleb's Alfresco Outdoor Area, The Block NZ

As we finally farewell the chilly winter, preparation can begin for those lovely warm months of alfresco living that Kiwi’s love. After a few months of hibernation indoors the backyard might be looking less than enticing and a little neglected. 

A-lign Features at the Bi-Annual Auckland Botanic Gardens Sculpture Show 2013

Artist Richard Wedekin's sculpture titled 'Weather House'.

Jenkinʼs A-lign has been featured in an impressive large-scale sculpture piece by artist Richard Wedekind, currently on display at the Auckland Botanic Gardens from November 9th through till February 16th 2014.

Carters Builders Breakfast Success

The Jenkin sales team recently held a Builders Breakfast at Carters, Onehunga.  It was an early start to the day with around 70 local builders enjoying a bit of a fry-up, cooked by Branch Manager Dean Watchlin. 

Jenkin's A-lign Debuts On The Block NZ

After weeks of full scale, high stress renovations and room reveals by The Block NZʼs four competing teams on TV3's popular home renovation show, Jenkins A-lign made its big television debut last week while Alice and Caleb discussed their plans to use the simple and easy-to-install A-lign Conceal

Jenkin Is Now On Facebook!

Win a Ryobi Powertool Kit by joining us on Facebook

This Jenkin Timber has joined the world of social media, launching our very own facebook page. We are looking forward to being able to connect with our friends and fans, as well as fellow builders, designers, developers and DIY-ers who are fans

The Tough Decisions Made Easier: Jenkin Partner with Dulux

Jenkin partners with Dulux paint for an excellent finish.

Building a house can be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake when it comes to the relentless decision making that is required with a new build, but surprisingly it is often the little details which can be the most stressful.
 

Getting Your Home Sale Ready

A stunning outdoor impression instantly adds value

At various stages in life, differing circumstances and changing needs can lead property owners into selling their much loved home, and getting the best sale price for a property is generally pretty high on the agenda.

A-lign Teams Up with The Block NZ

The Jenkin team have been busy over the past few weeks, getting ready with The Blockers for another great season of New Zealand’s popular home renovation show.  

Weatherboard Stands the Test of Time

Historic villa standing strong

Weatherboard, or ‘clapboard’ homes have been popular in New Zealand since settlers arrived building small one and two bedroom cottages.  Detailed villas dominated home building designs from the early 1900’s.  Weatherboard itself consists of long thin wooden boards which overlap
 

Hot Tips For Updating Your Kitchen Without The Hassle

Last weekend, while most of you were probably relaxing, drinking beer, eating good food and you know, doing weekendy-things, we were living the “kiwi dream” and DIY-ing our old-style bungalow.

Get Your Garden Winter Ready

Get ready to garden

It can be tempting to think that with the arrival of winter, you have a fully fledged excuse to hibernate, sleep and chill out for the next few months, escaping dreaded outdoor duties for the luxury of relaxing by the fire whilst eating copious amounts of comfort food ("for winter stores").

Driving It Home

A Nail is a Nail, Right?

A nail is a nail is a nail. Right?

Wrong.

Painting the Fence: Top Tips for a Great Finish

There are fences, and there are great fences.  A great looking fence offers important street appeal and can give a strong first impression of your home.  Whether your fence is looking a little worse for wear and needs a bit of a touch up or you are starting from scratch with a new build

Saving with A-lign

A striking A-lign home

The number one question when planning a home build is, “How much will it cost”?  And it is an important question, as those with experience in the building industry will know that if you don’t plan your costs realistically from the word go, you could be heading for a Grand Designs scale disaster. 

The Jenkin Team Have a Crack at Flyboarding!

Flyboarding image (image from tripadvisor.com)

Sometimes the old DIY around the house can get a bit too much and you simply need to put down the tools, wipe off the dirt and get loose a little. We have the perfect solution... Flyboarding!

The Low Down on Pine

Plantation Pine (Image by ®DS at Flickr)

When it comes to deciding on building materials, it is fair to say there are a truck load of options out there to consider but you can’t go past pine for a good ol' solid timber home.

Keep Calm and Upcycle

Keep Calm and Upcycle

Upcycling is a great way to make use of unwanted materials, using them to create something a little unique and different.
 

Why woodnʼt you choose wood?

Building with timber (Image sourced on Flickr by Syahmir)

Timber is one of those old school products which your Dad or Grandad swears by- not because they are stuck in the 1950ʼs, but because they are right! Timber is still tops!
 

Home is where the heart is. Rebuilding Christchurch.

Recladding in Christchurch

This blog goes out to all the Cantabrians in Christchurch.    A bit of a heavy topic but a very real one for the thousands of Southern Kiwis who were impacted by the Nasty McNasty earthquakes that began rocking the Garden City in September 2010.

Stop that Drip!

Spotting a Leaky Home (Image sourced from www.stuff.co.nz)

You have probably heard a fair bit about “leaky buildings” over the past few years, a horrendous issue that has affected thousands of New Zealand home owners greatly.  It’s pretty nuts, but between 22,000- 89,000 homes have weather-tightness issues....
 

Time is of the Essence

A-lign Concealed Fix
A-lign Concealed Fix locks into place

Long gone are those easy, slumbering days when women had time to bake, craft and clean to their hearts content, and men were home by 4pm ready to potter on the car, mow the lawns or build a fence from scratch. The golden years, right?

Give the Block a run for its money with A-lign Fencing

A-lign Fencing
Wrap a good looking fence around your property with A-lign Fencing

Wrapping a good looking, solid fence around your property can transform your street frontage, instantly adding value and style to your home. But beware! It may well create a wee bit of “The Block” style jealousy from the neighbours.

Jenkin A-lign Concealed Fix Installation

Watch the above video to learn how to install A-lign Concealed Fix on your next project.