Fiber cement siding as the best home facade decoration
The name "fiber cement siding" reflects at once two main components that are part of the material - these are artificial or natural origin cellulose fibers (fiber) and cement. Due to them, siding has incredibly high strength, rigidity and at the same time plasticity. Moreover, it also contains quartz sand, as well as additives of mineral origin, water and even pigments in some types of material. A well-blended slurry mixture is usually compressed and dried naturally or in an autoclave under pressure and steam treatment.
The material is made in the form of long and narrow strips, the length of which is 3.
6 meters, the width is from 1.2 to 2 meters, the thickness is from 0.6 to 2 cm. Rectangular panels have a length from 1.5 to 3.
1 meters, width from 0.455 to 1.5 meters, thickness from 0.6 to 2 cm.The density of the material also varies - from 1300 to 1450 kg / m 3 .
It has a rather large mass - from 8 to 20 kg / m 2 , but still it is lighter than facade cladding made of natural stone and porcelain stoneware.
Interestingly, fiber cement siding cladding will not ignite and spread fire.
Fiber cement material has a huge number of textures and shades. It is able to reliably imitate wooden boards, brick and stone cladding, decorative plaster. But more than that, the manufacturers have tried and offer a variety of their own developments with designer options for bright colors and unusual reliefs.
This type of cladding can support an overall façade style that will be specific to your region, and also inspire unexpected experimentation. To expand the visual range, you can use various layout options.
Please note, that one of the advantages of fiber cement siding is simple and quick installation without "dirty" processes, which can be performed absolutely at any time of the year.
The material will be an excellent alternative to metal and plastic siding, wooden facade decoration, which requires special care and periodic repairs. It can also be used to finish cornices and gables, balcony railings, and more.
The material is waterproof and also feels great even in aggressive environments. It is no coincidence that they try to use it as often as possible to perform cladding work in houses on the sea coast - the most difficult regions where there is a high level of humidity and a high content of salts in the air.
On such a construction market, the product is represented by many companies, among which there are such eminent ones as Lato, Mirko, Etex, Cembrit.The cost for 1 m 2 of material from foreign companies can start from 1270 rubles, and even go up to 4000 rubles, but Russian-made materials are more affordable - 1 m 2 costs from 850 rubles ..
. Fiber cement panels from manufacturers Equitone.
Any kind of fiber cement siding should be installed on a crate - preferably wooden, which has been dried and coated with a special anti-fungal agent, or metal, from steel / aluminum profiles with an anti-corrosion coating. Moreover, their thickness should not be less than 0. 15 cm, and the installation step must necessarily be standard (0.
6 meters). Most manufacturers do not allow fiber cement siding to be attached to drywall profiles that are intended for indoor use. This is very common.
The method of fastening will be selected based on what type of siding you are using. Planks that have flat ends are usually mounted with a herringbone (that is, overlapping), or joint to joint using self-tapping screws, which are made of stainless steel.
Elements with grooves and ridges at the ends will be fixed by the method of joining groove-ridge on special cleats. The material is perfect for façade insulation systems, which are very popular recently. A prerequisite for correct installation will be a ventilated gap (2 cm or slightly more) between the wall of the house or insulation and the cladding. It is required so that air can circulate freely, which will remove condensate and moisture from structural elements.
Coating shape and color
This finish is UV resistant and retains its original appearance for at least 15 years. The manufacturing company "Mirko" offers unpainted and painted panels to customize the paint.
An unusual material is the photoceramic coated panels supplied by KMEW. There are photocatalysts on the surface of the panels, which, when exposed to sunlight, are capable of destroying dirt, which will then be washed off with water. The facade will retain the brightness and novelty of the hue, while remaining immune to various types of contamination.
Quite interesting panels have anti-vandal coating from Latonit company.
They can be easily cleaned of graffiti drawings, ink and other types of dirt using special solvents, and the facade, which is faced with a similar material, has a high resistance to wear.
An excellent option for finishing the foundation or basement will be facade slabs, which look advantageous due to the presence of stone chips.The stone granules are perfectly fixed to the surface with an epoxy compound.
Due to them, the surface of the slabs has greater strength and resistance to cataclysms, climatic changes.
In any case, durable and high-strength fiber cement siding is a very promising material, the service life of which (according to the manufacturers) is not less than 50 years.
When buying fiber cement siding for home decoration, you should immediately think about buying all the necessary components. These can be docking, starting, corner profiles, as well as finishing strips, fastening elements, EPDM tape, perforated profiles, etc.
The finishing touch for finishing
When cutting and installing fiber cement siding on the front surface of each element or at the end, various damages such as chips may appear. Such defects can be eliminated without ore by using a special paint that is sold by the manufacturer.
The composition comes in the same colors as the siding itself. It should be carefully applied to ends, chips and other areas that are damaged. During installation work with a visible fastening system, nails or screws should be masked with paint.
Please note, that it is possible to use a special paint for repair, which is intended for cuts and damage to fiber cement type siding, only at positive temperatures - from +5 degrees.
Those who have chosen unpainted fiber cement siding to decorate their own home should know that the panels were coated with a primer in the factory.
After installation, all you need to do is apply the facade paint for the mineral base, which will be in your favorite color.But in this case, the color and paint stability of the facade will depend on the quality of the paint and varnish material that you have chosen yourself.
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