Fibre cement is engineered for durability

What is fibre cement

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Fibre cement is a simple abbreviation for Fibre Reinforced Cement. Fibre cement building materials were developed by James Hardie in the early 1980s.

Engineered for durability, fibre cement is resistant to fire and damage from moisture and rotting, making it the ideal low maintenance alternative to traditional building materials.

Fibre cement offers both contemporary and flexible design options and is used by many New Zealanders to create stunning facades. The simple combination of cellulose fibre, sand, cement and water, give the product its strength to stand the test of time.

What’s it made of?

Our products are manufactured using safe and sustainable building products and contain minimum Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde.

Fibre cement is a mixture of:

  • Locally sourced cellulose fibre, from plantation grown Radiata Pine trees
  • Portland Cement
  • Sand
  • Water

Small amounts of other additives are used to help the process, or provide products with particular characteristics.

Where can you use fibre cement?

James Hardie fibre cement boards are used in renovations, commercial buildings and in the construction of new homes for:

  • External cladding
  • Internal lining - floors, ceilings and walls
  • Structural flooring
  • Wet area lining - bathroom
  • Eaves, verandahs and carports
  • Fire and acoustic walls and floors
  • Bracing solutions
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