Yes! You heard right, mate; it's not the usual roofing suspects. More than just a heavy-duty replacement for wood and vinyl exterior siding, fibre cement is now making its way to roofs in Australia.
Made from a mixture of sand, cement, water and cellulose fibers and other additives to improve efficiency, this roofing alternative is becoming more popular for a number of good reasons including:
For many homeowners, a roof is a mandatory fix that only requires a new surface as few times as possible. A new roof in a renovation project is mostly contracted if need be, rather than as a proactive way to change the home's exterior looks or to boost curb appeal.
For these reasons, a roof with a long life span is highly desirable among many homeowners. With a life expectancy that exceeds half a decade, fibre cement makes an appealing case as an alternative roofing material.
Strength to withstand years of abuse from elements
Fibre cement is the wonder of roofing. Its ability to resist elements even as it ages makes it one of the best roofing alternatives.
Fibre cement doesn't buckle, swell or warp under heat exposure, unlike other roofing materials. The material has outstanding mould-, mildew-, salt- and moisture-resistant properties which make it ideal for waterfront properties. Also, insects will not feed on a fibre cement roof as they may other roofing materials.
Fibre cement is made from a blend of materials that are highly fire resistant. A fibre cement roof greatly restricts the spread of fire compared to other, more flammable, roofing materials such as wood.
Unlike popular roofing materials such as clay and concrete, fibre cement is a lightweight roofing material that doesn't call for additional structural support to provide a base for the added roof weight.
This lightweight property makes fibre cement a thermal-efficient roofing material due to the ability to cool rapidly at night.
Fibre cement offers a simple, stylish design and also a greater flexibility when it comes to mixing and matching a diverse range of exterior styles without compromising the underlying method of construction.
Other than being durable, energy efficient and requiring low maintenance, fibre cement contains low volatile organic compounds. Since the material is made of a blend of sand, cement, cellulose fibre, water and minimum additives, it contributes to creating a healthier environment.
With an all-around combination of benefits, fibre cement makes a great roofing investment on a property.Share