What Are Fibre Cement Panels And Why Should They Be Used

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Fibre Cement is a composite construction material usually used in external roofing of a house, building, wall, or arch due to its extended strength and ability to withstand adverse weather conditions. The wall cladding plank is a unique fiber cement composite of fibers bonded tightly in a high-grade silicate structure.

Its first known use dated back to the 19th century and was made when 90% cement and 10% asbestos fibers were mixed with water forming strong, thin sheets. These sheets were then used as external sidings due to their low cost, sturdily built, and durability.

It gains its success because of its impressive ability to remain comparatively flexible and stable. Despite its toughness, considering it is used to mesh the exterior of walls, its autoclaved grain siding has gifted the fiber panel with some decent flexibility with no effects on durability.

Benefits

    • Fiber-cement panels usually cost more than the traditional vinyl siding but much lesser than stucco.
    • It has incredible durability and can be used in all weather conditions.
    • Due to its cement-sand manufacturing method, it is pest resistant. One doesn’t have to worry about termites or bugs post-installation.
    • It outlasts its competitors by decades as it is chemically nourished to not rot over an extended period.
    • A robust build allows for a sturdier siding. This also reduces the maintenance cost.
    • These panels are made of inert materials, meaning, if sent to a landfill, they will not harm the environment in any way.
    • Panels can be primed or painted at the factory or separately to match the style of the original housing or wall.
    • Wide availability ensures even the remotest corner of the world can utilize this cheap yet sturdy wall-siding panel.
    • The ease of installation allows for a quick approach to the siding.
    • It comes in several sizes and textures, giving consumers a wide range to choose from.

Uses

    • It can be used as the main gate covering.
    • Protection can be given to walls by cladding them outside.
    • One of the extensive uses of this includes using it for floor elevation.
    • Ducts or potholes can be covered while also providing an elevation facade.

Developing stages

Fibre cement panels for the exterior were initially designed and developed as a low-cost and low-maintenance alternative to the old timber claddings. Since then, they have gained popularity and are being widely used as budget-friendly substitutes.

Units are given strong water-based or acrylic coating, which improves the sheet’s weather resistance. This helps make a sheet that has a lower water redemption rate, is frostproof, fire-resistant, non-rusting, termite-resistant, and comes in enormous sizes, colors, textures, builds to suit every and all housing needs.

When installing, the first sheet is stabilized using specially coated bolts, and the following layers are stacked on top of each other so that they hide the pins used to fix the previous ones. One can only see the first and the last bolts used to polarise the sheets making it seem like a seamless transition.

Fiber-cement cladding and siding panels have defined the future.