Weatherboards are part of New Zealand building culture. We love the shadow lines and the homely warmth of a traditional ‘kiwi home’ completely clad with timber weatherboards.

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Scenery stunner in Queenstown

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Family focus in Canterbury

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At home in a timber weatherboard house
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Classic meets contemporary
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Embedded in our history, but by no means old-fashioned, weatherboards still take centre stage in today’s architectural design, though often with an added twist. Take a drive through any new subdivision and you’ll see a myriad of modern cladding designs incorporating a mix of weatherboards with stone, brick, concrete block, a wall or plaster system.

Whether used as the main cladding or on a lesser scale as a feature— an entrance, chimney or eaves—the weatherboard lines offset nicely other cladding types (there’s the twist) while also creating areas of colour that can be updated later to match future trends.

When considering weatherboards, it is important to know there are three main styles from which to choose:

  • bevel back – the most common, plain styling with a protruding straight edge
  • rusticated – with a scalloped, traditional top and flatter edge (seen on villas) 
  • shiplap – with a flat/line effect, usually installed to run vertically.

We have compiled this selection of homes that feature Niagara’s building products and the different weatherboard styles available, and depict different ways they can be used to create the look you want for your new home or extension.

Envira Weatherboard System