Fiber Cement Board Installation

The fiber cement cladding installation depends on many variables, such as:

  • building height
  • fiber cement cladding size and thickness
  • type of thermal- and water insulation used
  • cladding scope (exterior, interior, floor, ceiling)
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    Fiber Cement Cladding Installation Details

    Fiber cement claddings and boards have excellent adhesive properties, various types of cement mixtures are well combined with them. This option is useful because claddings are used as a layer between concrete and tiles. As a result, hydro-, sound- and thermal insulation is achieved, the surface of the wall or floor is leveled, there is no need for long and costly wall sanding, ceramic tiles last longer.

    In many cases, fiber cement cladding installation requires a special approach. It is recommended to install profiles only at a certain step distance (more detailed information in the table and on the diagrams). So, the distance between the bearing elements made of steel or aluminum is from 400 mm to 600 mm in width, and 400-1200 mm in length. At the same time, it is necessary to strictly observe the dependence of the installation parameters of fiber cement boards regarding the thickness of each board.

    Fiber Cement Board Installation

    Below is the recommended distance between fasteners (screws) in mm, depending on the board thickness and location. It is highly recommended not to exceed these values.

    The manufacturer also produces clips of various shapes and sizes. They are helpful in carrying out both complex installation of ventilated facades, and room interior decoration. You can find out more detailed application information at an individual consultation. Below you can see the available range of fastenings.

    Board thickness, mm 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
    Ceiling, width,mm 600
    Ceiling, length,mm 1200
    Walls, width,mm 400 400 600 600
    Walls, length,mm 400 800 800 800
    Floor, width,mm 400 400 600
    Floor, length,mm 600 600 800

    Specifications

    Product Definition autoclaved cement board reinforced with wood fiber
    Surface exterior smooth or textured
    Standard sizes 1250х2500mm/1250х3000mm
    Thickness 6 – 20mm (textured 8-12mm)
    Permissible deviations in width/length ± 5 mm / ± 3.75 mm
    Permissible deviations in thickness (e: cladding thickness) Smooth: ± %10е, Textured: – %10е / + % 15е
    Incombustibility class А1
    Edge straightness ± 2mm/m
    Edge squareness ± 0.1% а (а: edge length)
    Density ≈ 1350±50 kg/m³
    Vapor diffusion resistance µ ≤ 30
    Porosity ≈ 30%
    Flexural strength ≈ 11.5 Н/mm² (average per length/width)
    Frost resistance Frost resistant according to TS EN 12467
    Water resistance Water resistant according to TS EN 12467
    Fire resistance Fire resistant, A1 flammability class according to EN 13501-1
    Asbestos content Not present
    Other harmful substances or evaporation Not present
    Thermal expansion coefficient at = 0.005 mm/mK
    Thermal conductivity λ = 0.20 W/ mK
    Elasticity modulus 7000 H/mm² (average per length/width)
    Water absorption < 30%
    Standard material moisture content < 10% (depending on atmospheric humidity)
    Hygric movements 0.5 mm/m (full depth)
    Safe bending radius е: 8mm; 8m, е: 10mm; 12m, е: 12mm; 24m, е: 16m; 50m

     

    It is not possible to install a fiber cement board without observing certain tolerance standards!

    The gap between the board and the insulation layer when applying a ventilated facade technology should be 20-30 mm.

    M-profiles should be additionally fixed with horizontal guides before the board installation.

    Leave 3-4 mm gap between the boards. Treat the seams with acrylic or polyurethane paste. The surface can be painted with water-based acrylic paints.

    After installing the interior panels, it is recommended to thoroughly vacuum the room.

    When installing, make sure that there are no such defects:

    • The self-tapping screw is tightened up too deep (passes through the board);
    • The self-tapping screw is not screwed into the board to the end;
    • The self-tapping screw is tightened up at an angle;
    • The self-tapping screw is too close to the clip edge. The best location is in the center;
    • It is better to cut fiber cement boards in a well-ventilated area, using a wooden support.

    FIBER CEMENT SIDING INSTALLATION

    This process requires slightly different installation technology. At the same time, the price of installing fiber cement siding should not differ significantly.

    The basic rule is lap siding. Fiber cement siding from our supplier is a thin board with a natural wood texture, which looks high-priced, especially in low-rise construction.

    Basic installation rules:

    • The distance between the fasteners should be not more than 400 mm;
    • Installation should be carried out in the bottom-up direction;
    • The minimum lap distance should be 30 mm;
    • The minimum distance from the self-tapping screw to the edge of the carrier pile should be 20 mm;
    • The self-tapping screw should be located in the M-profile center;
    • Butt joints should be lubricated with acrylic or polyurethane paste;
    • Ventilation between the fiber cement siding layer and the insulation;
    • The siding cutting should be done with the manufacturer’s special discs, diamond cutting discs, or other discs designed for concrete.
    • It should be cut from the outer part to the inner, using the supports.
    • Siding boards must be completely dry. Don’t install in rain.

    Cost Of Fiber Cement Board Installation

    The price of fiber cement board installation depends on the contractor, and since fiber cement is a fairly new product for our market, you may find excessively high prices. On the other hand, the low price is really captivating. So, what to do?

    Before ordering this service, make sure that the contractor has experience and knowledge of all installation rules! Choose mounting systems from the fiber concrete manufacturing plant. Our consultants are ready to guide you when choosing and installing fiber concrete boards. Contact us!

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