What Is Fibre Cement Cladding?
Fibre cement was developed at the start of the 1980s. It is a composite material made up of cement that has been reinforced with cellulose fibres and fillers. The mixture is moulded into planks before it is fully formed which allows it to be used as easy to install cladding for your annexe.
What Are The Benefits Of Fibre Cement Cladding?
Fibre cement cladding provides a number of benefits when compared to other cladding materials. The main advantages are:
Fibre cement is a long-lasting material that provides guaranteed protection against the elements which makes it ideal for cladding. It is fire, impact and insect resistant allowing it to stay in fantastic condition for many years.
Unlike wood or vinyl, fibre cement will not crack, warp or swell over time with the changing of the seasons. Once the material has been set then its density will not change due to excess heat or moisture penetration. Added to its mould and moisture resistance this ensures the material will not deteriorate due to damp or similar water-based issues.
One of the primary benefits of fibre cement is the minimal amount of maintenance required to keep it in good condition. Once the material has been installed, it does not have to be repainted at any point and can easily be cleaned just soap and water.
A key requirement for any annexe, is that fibre cement is also extremely environmentally friendly. The cellulose fibre is sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) with only sand, cement, water and a small number of additives added to the mixture. Lower levels of toxicity produce less dust which makes the working environment better for everyone present.
This is why more people are turning towards fibre cement, as it significantly cuts down on the installation time, saving money in the building of the annexe. The material is also light to handle and manoeuvre allowing it to be in position quickly and securely in a minimum amount of time.
Colours and styles
There are number of manufacturers offering traditional lap joint option or tongue and groove systems too that can be installed vertically or horizontally with smooth or woodgrain finishes and in 20+ different colour combinations.
Most manufacturers offer at least 10 years guarantee but life expectancy is over 60 years, making it one of the most cost-effective options available.