Fibre Cement Material Its Origins and Uses
Fibre cement material is a composite of cement and cellulose fibre reinforcement. This combination makes a strong, long-lasting construction material that has found a home in many applications especially roofing and siding. It scores well in terms of function, commercial value, performance, and fire-resistance too. Moreover, we can mould in into shapes and tint it in almost any colour.
Fibre Cement Material and Where It Comes From
An Austrian named Ludwig Hatschek had the bright idea of reinforcing cement with 10% asbestos fibres in the late 19th century. He used the mixture as a siding material after running it though a cardboard machine and it soon became popular.
However the great asbestos scandal of the 1970’s almost doomed the idea. This was after scientists linked asbestos with life-threatening lung and stomach diseases. However necessity was the mother invention. Production was soon in full swing again with fibre cement material using cellulose fibres instead.
Occupation Health Measures in Place to Prevent a Repetition
Prior to the great asbestos scandal manufacturers assumed the fibres were safely inside the cement. However workers were still suffered harm in factories and construction sites where they cut the board to size.
Moreover, wind, rain, hail and sleet gradually stripped the covering away from the asbestos fibres. Therefore if you have a very old home with badly weathered boards you may choose to replace them as an added protection.
We only use accredited fibre cement material suppliers who regularly test their products. This assures us they are free from asbestos, or other harmful materials such as sepiolite, inorganic fibre or formaldehyde.
The Wide Variety of Applications for Fibre Cement Material
Long-lasting fibre cement has become the mainstay in many construction applications. This is especially so with roofing and siding, where homeowners appreciate the range of colours available from muted to vibrant.
Fibre cement panels trimmed to size are a popular choice for fire-proof barriers, ceilings, floors, internal partition walls, and backer boards in wet rooms. They also perform well as fibre cement slates and corrugated roof sheets,
However external cladding and architectural facing are where we find them most where we do business in the greater Vancouver area of Canada. Our offices are at 1560 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2M7. You are also welcome to call 604-942-0488 for fast effective service and advice.
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