CertainTeed® WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding Brings Performance, Classic Look
to Rustic, Texas-Style Design of New Houston Fire Station|
WeatherBoards™ fiber cement siding is an integral component of the charmingly
rustic design of the new 11,163 square-foot Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62 in
Houston. To achieve the Texas Hill Country architectural style of the building,
BRW Architects, of College Station, Texas, sought exterior materials that
conveyed permanence and stability.
In addition to metal roofing and stone cladding, the design team looked to fiber
cement siding for its authentic replication of classic wood siding without
wood’s shortcomings—unlike wood, fiber cement is non-combustible and will not
warp or rot. WeatherBoards emerged as the final choice, due to its wide variety
of color and finishing options.
"We were impressed by the WeatherBoards fiber cement siding because it offered
the exact look and performance attributes we were looking for, and it was
available pre-stained with a long warranty,” says Brian Gibbs, intern architect
at BRW Architects. “The other fiber cement products we looked at had to be
stained by hand before installation, so WeatherBoards was the clear choice for
The project’s general contractor, LDF Construction, Inc., of Houston, supplied
the labor to install about 5,500 square feet of WeatherBoards Cedar Lap fiber
cement siding in ColorMax® Mahogany stain finish, as well as CertainTeed fiber
cement trimboards and soffit. The installation went well and produced the
vibrant exterior that the architect and Ponderosa Fire Department desired.
“I really like how the CertainTeed fiber cement siding looks on the building,”
says Tony Spitzenberger, assistant fire chief of the Ponderosa Fire Department.
“The builder and I were talking about it, and I want to put it on my next house.
It’s a really nice-looking product.”
Since opening, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62 has received excellent reviews from
people around Houston, as well as the national firefighter community, for its
design mix of classic and contemporary and its monument to the fallen
firefighters of 9/11, which features an actual beam from the previous World
Trade Center. The state-of-the-art fire station has sleeping facilities for 11
firefighters and room for temporary beds during a hurricane or other emergency.
WeatherBoards fiber cement siding offers realistic grains and textures,
providing the look and feel of wood, as well as profiles to match virtually any
design style. Unlike wood, WeatherBoards siding is non-combustible,
impact-resistant, impervious to wood boring insects, resistant to UV rays and
will not rot. Backed by a 50-year limited transferable warranty, WeatherBoards
contributes to LEED® certification and NAHB Green Building Standards for
recycled content and regional availability. For more information, go to
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building
products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the
building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General
Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain,
Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today,
CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building
products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations,
pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company,
CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60
manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as
a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained
Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions
to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total
sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012.
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