Fiber Cement: An Amazing Building Material

Never heard of fiber cement before? Well, if you're thinking of building walls or partitions in your home, and want quick, effective results, this is just what you need.
Fiber Cement: An Amazing Building Material

Last update: 18 March, 2019

Fiber cement is changing the way we think about building construction. But what is it? Manufacturers make it into highly resistant, flexible, versatile building panels. This is amazing because it means you can use them in many different ways.

In this article, we’re going to tell you how it’s made, and talk about some of its biggest benefits. This is definitely a material to keep in mind for any of your building needs.

What is fiber cement?

building with yellow and gray curved fiber cement panels

Fiber cement is a material that’s revolutionizing the construction world. It’s destined to become a fundamental material for constructing homes and public buildings. 

The panels are made out of a series of components: cement, silica, cellulose, and other additives. It’s then subjected to high pressure and high temperatures to make it extra resistant.

The big advantage of it is that it’s as tough as concrete but also flexible, like wood. That means that it makes construction projects much easier and much faster, without having to lose any long-term durability.

Construction speed

a building with fiber cement sidings

We can probably all agree that contracting a construction project and not knowing when it will end can be a stressful situation. The builders don’t always meet deadlines, and you end up having to wait longer and longer for your remodeling or construction project to finish. You end up desperate and spending much more money than you’d planned to.

But guess what? That’s not likely to happen if you use fiber cement panels. They really do make the construction process that much easier and faster. Building a wall out of bricks and concrete isn’t nearly as easy as putting panels in place. Plus, the panels are just as resistant as either of the other two options.

Insulation and fire-proofing

a home made out of fiber panels

A lot of people have their doubts about fiber cement’s insulation capabilities. Because they’re so thin, the belief is that they won’t insulate you from cold and heat. But they’re actually great for that, you won’t have to worry about the temperature any more than you would with other materials!

The panels have a lot of manufacturing requirements to make sure they’re suitable for people to live in houses made out of them. This means that they’re also great in terms of fire-proofing

Being able to slow a fire down (and not make it worse, like wood) is vital to any home.

So, you don’t have to worry about things like that if you want to build your house with fiber cement panels. They’re tough, durable, and have passed several quality and safety tests.

You can paint fiber cement panels any color you like

bedroom with hexagonal panels

Another big benefit of fiber cement panels is that you can paint them any color you like. This means you’ll be able to adapt yours perfectly to the style and characteristics of your home.

That versatility means they are perfect for any room in your house, and for interiors or exteriors. If you think about it, there aren’t many building materials this versatile, and with this many visual options.

Much more than walls and partitions

homes made of fiber cement panels

In this post, we’ve only talked about fiber cement as a building material for walls and partitions. But the truth is that it actually has a lot of other potential applications. This is one of its other big advantages: you can use it for all kinds of surfaces with those same amazing results.

Some of the other common ways people use it as a building material is for lofts and ceilings. That should give you an idea of just how tough and resistant it is.

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