Fibre-reinforced cement-products were invented in the late 19th century by the Austrian Ludwig Hatschek. Principally he mixed 90% cement and 10% asbestos fibres with water and ran it through a cardboard machine. Originally, the fibres were of asbestos and the material was commonly used as siding in house buildings due to its low cost, fire-resistance, water tightness, light weight, and other useful properties. After the discovery in the seventies that asbestos is harmful to health and produces lung cancers years after professional or occasional exposition (asbestosis), asbestos use was progressively prohibited and safer fibre alternatives, based on e.g. cellulose fibers were developed in the eighties and applied to secure the widely known strength of fibre cement.
Fibre cement were probably amongst the latest materials on the market to have contained large quantities of asbestos. The reason is that the asbestos fibres are intimately bound to the cement matrix and were first considered to be well immobilized in the cement and less prone to be released in the environment, suspended in the air, and inhaled in the lung than in other materials or applications such as thermal insulation or flocking in which bare asbestos fibres were used. However, asbestos fibres are inevitably released during machining operations of the objects made of fibre-cement and by long-term erosion of the materials exposed to atmospheric weathering and wind when cement degrades. Occupational health concerns and the protection of workers in the fibre-cement factories have finally led to the progressive elimination of asbestos from these products.
Have you heard about fiber cement siding? Well it is a combination of sand, cement and other fibers that makes your home very strong in standing. Great ! Isn’t it? We are very interested in knowing what materials we are using in building our home how strong would it be in the long time. Many architects and engineers are of the opinion that fiber cement siding is very strong that makes a home well built and good structures. Further it is also stated that the fiber cement siding cost is very less as compared to any other siding and the maintenance of fiber cement siding is very easy. The entire outlook of your home with fiber cement siding will appear as very beautiful and those who look at your home from far away cannot take off their eyes. Such is the lasting impression of fibre cement siding.
In this era of modern property and extreme life style, the luxury homes truly deserve a fibre cement siding and fiber cement siding board. Apart from easy installation, fibre cement siding board can easily be painted and maintained. You can conveniently, do the cleaning activity on a weekend to give a new look to your fiber cement siding.