How is fibre cement cladding made?

Fibre cement cladding is one of the most durable options for your home or building. It is weather-proof, fire-proof, pest resistant, and can last over 50 years, without requiring a lot of maintenance. With all of these benefits, you would expect it to be made from more than just 3 key ingredients.

Fibre cement cladding is primarily made of sand, cement, and wood pulp. Wood pulp was substituted after its reinvention in the 1980s. Originally, it was made with asbestos, but after health concerns were raised from working with the asbestos, wood pulp was the chosen alternative.

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How is fibre cement cladding made?

Fibre cement cladding is one of the most durable options for your home or building. It is weather-proof, fire-proof, pest resistant, and can last over 50 years, without requiring a lot of maintenance. With all of these benefits, you would expect it to be made from more than just 3 key ingredients.

Fibre cement cladding is primarily made of sand, cement, and wood pulp. Wood pulp was substituted after its reinvention in the 1980s. Originally, it was made with asbestos, but after health concerns were raised from working with the asbestos, wood pulp was the chosen alternative.

Not only is wood pulp a healthier option for workers, but it also helps to prevent cracking in the finished product. Made to look like wood, fibre cement cladding is an aesthetic choice for your home.

Beginning of Production
A loader shovels silica sand, a type of sand that is similar in the size and look of beach sand, down onto a conveyor belt below the manufacturing plant. The sand is taken along this conveyor into a container called a ball mill to be ground into a very fine powder.

Inside the ball mill are steel balls, which are used to crush the sand particles, and make them even smaller for processing. At this time, water is added to help with dust control, and to liquefy the sand, making it easier to control.

Adding Wood Pulp and Cement.
Water is added to wood pulp to liquefy it, and help it, too, travel around the facility when processing. Wood pulp is then added in order to help give the fibre cement binding strength, so it doesn’t crack.

Once the wood pulp is liquefied, it is mixed with sand and liquefied cement, as well as some other additives, to create the final mixture. This mixture is run along a belt, through cylindrical sieves, which are used to drain the excess water, leaving a film-like substance of the fibre cement.

Finally, the film is run along a felt belt that moves through a vacuum mechanism, to get rid of any residual moisture, until it becomes a solid sheet of fibre cement.

Creating the Boards
The single sheets of fibre cement are then pressed together until a thick board is created. A roller will press a pattern into the board, to give it a wood-like appearance. Highly pressurized water is then used to cut up the large boards into planks.

The cement planks are then gently loaded on top of each other and onto a pallet and are baked in a high-pressure tube that acts as an oven. Once baked, the planks can be stuck together, so they are gently shaken until they once again become individual boards. They are tested for durability and sent along to be painted.

Finishing
The planks are taken on conveyors through the painting process, being first sprayed with paint, and then run through a paint ‘waterfall’ to ensure the plants are fully coated.

The process of turning sand into these beautiful new planks, ready to be installed onto a home, only takes about 3 days. The end result is a beautiful faux-wood look that can last on your home for about 50 years.

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Where Can I Buy Fibre Cement Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy fibre cement cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

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Where Can I Buy Fibre Cement Cladding And How Much Does It Cost?

The best place to buy fibre cement cladding is right here at Dalply. We offer the best possible prices and can tailor any order to your exact specifications.

Fill out the form below with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to give you a free, no obligation quote. Or you can phone us right now on: 0131 564 0402.

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award winning cladding suppliers