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Cement Fiberboard Siding

Cement fiberboard is used for interior cladding as well as exterior cladding. It is made from wood-length fiber, concrete, and silicon sand, manufactured under a high-vapor process. Dense fiber panels resemble stone or concrete surfaces.

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Uses:

Conventionally, they have been used as underlayment of facades. Today, they are used as exposed or finished panels. Cement Fiberboard siding in commonly used in:

  • Wall Partitions
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • External cladding
  • Wardrobes and shelves
  • Millwork

It is also used for replacing or repairing old asbestos siding shingles.

Advantages :

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Easy to install
  • Fire Resistant
  • Resistant to humid and moist environments.
  • Cost-effective compared to wood and stone

Material Properties

Thicker/Dense Fiber cement boards have excellent thermal resistance compared to thinner fiber cement boards.

  • Strong and Resistant to fire
  • Resistant to insects and decay
  • Tough to cut cement boards on site.
  • Receive stains and paints well
  • Resist peeling or chipping

Composition

  • Cement
  • Water
  • Fly-ash
  • Wood pulp

Aesthetics

Colors :

They are available in range of standard sizes, surface patterns and colors. Wide range of colors such as Brown, Beige/Tan, Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, Primed, Red, White are easily accessible. Custom colors are obtained by staining or by adding pigment to the cement during manufacture.

Formats and Sizes:

Fiber cement boards are available as sheet goods.

  • Sheet goods : 4’x8′ and 5/16″thick.(Standard sizes)
  • Shingles
  • Panels

Profiles and shapes:

Cement fiberboards are available in various profiles such as:

  • Lap
  • Grooved
  • Half-round
  • No-groove
  • Staggered edge
  • Straight edge
  • Stucco surface
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Textures :

Pre-primed : These shingles/panels are pre-primed and are available readily to be painted with the existing wall color. Available as flat white primed surface.

  • Cedar texture
  • Combed texture
  • Smooth
  • Stucco look
  • Striated surface
  • Extra-thick Thatched Surface
  • Wavy-edge
  • Wood grain surface

Installation Methods :

Mechanically attached with screws as sheets or as plank siding.

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Sustainable Considerations

They do not contain asbestos fiber. Cutting of cement boards produces fine dust, therefore, care is to be taken to wear protective equipment.

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