Esteemed builder puts Envira timber weatherboards above the rest

With over 30 years building in Canterbury, this is certainly not Ron Edward’s first weatherboard home and he’s steadfast as to why he chooses Niagara timber over man-made cladding alternatives.

Entrance to stylish Envira weatherboard home cottage, estate, facade, home, house, property, real estate, residential area, siding, suburb, window, brown
Entrance to stylish Envira weatherboard home

Builder Ron Edwards and his team at REB Builders Ltd constructed this homely and modern town house in Barton Fields, a new suburb in the Canterbury town of Lincoln. 


Spa area and evening light on NZ weatherboard backyard, cottage, estate, home, house, outdoor structure, property, real estate, siding, swimming pool, window, black
Spa area and evening light on NZ weatherboard house

With over 30 years building in Canterbury, this is certainly not Ron’s first weatherboard home and he’s steadfast as to why he chooses timber over man-made cladding alternatives: “Fibre cement is cruddy and timber is tried-and-true,” Ron stated. “You can’t sand fibre cement (because it can alter the surface and affect the paint finish) and it simply doesn’t last! Plus, imagine trying to remove it for an alteration; fibre cement would just break and end up sitting in land waste.”

Street view of modern timber weatherboard home by cottage, elevation, estate, facade, farmhouse, home, house, landscape, property, real estate, residential area, siding, suburb, teal, brown
Street view of modern timber weatherboard home by REB Builders

For builders and the home owners alike, the benefits of choosing Envira timber weatherboards far outnumber fibre cement. At almost three times the weight of timber, fibre cement boards are more difficult to transport and manoeuvre into place and add a substantial extra amount of weight to a frame. 

Relaxing deck area on REB Builders timber weatherboard home, house, interior design, outdoor structure, real estate, window, black
Relaxing deck area on REB Builders timber weatherboard home

This can cause issues, especially in TC3-zoned areas or for large or two-storey buildings. Timber performs well in these situations not only by weight but also its natural flexibility. 

Detail of Niagara bevel back weatherboards and scribers door, facade, home, house, interior design, real estate, shade, siding, window, window blind, window covering, window treatment, wood, yellow, gray
Detail of Niagara bevel back weatherboards and scribers

With Envira, all weatherboards and components are the same material - an important factor for aesthetics as well as functionality. Designed to fit and last, the entire Envira Weatherboard System includes scribers, box corners and window sills that are all 100% quality timber, pre-primed with quality Resene paint ready for top coating.

House entrance features Envira box corners door, facade, home, house, property, real estate, siding, window, brown, gray
House entrance features Envira box corners

Then consider the environmental impact of fibre cement production as opposed to Niagara’s sustainable radiata pine system which is produced with a 100% no-waste policy where every part of the tree is used, either in manufacturing or as useful by-products. Niagara’s remanufacturing process is a prime example of this no-waste policy. 

Canterbury home featuring Envira weatherboard garage asphalt, building, elevation, estate, facade, garage, garage door, home, house, luxury vehicle, property, real estate, residential area, roof, shed, siding, black, white
Canterbury home featuring Envira weatherboard garage

Less usable timber has knots and imperfections removed before boards are finger jointed together to produce a superior grade of timber. All sawdust from the process is used to heat the sawmill kilns and timber offcuts are either sold as firewood, chipped or turned into fire pellets. 

Outdoor entertaining area on Envira weather board house facade, home, house, property, real estate, siding, window, black, teal
Outdoor entertaining area on Envira weather board house

Ron Edwards has converted to Niagara’s premium finger jointed weatherboards and finds them terrific. “We were a little reluctant to change, but since doing so we’ve had no problems. We will continue to build with the bevel back profile from the Envira Weatherboard System and perhaps even the rusticated style if the opportunity comes along,” Ron said.

Ask about Envira at your local building supplies store or visit www.niagara.nz

Apr 06, 2018
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