Fiber cement products came about as a replacement for the widely used asbestos cement sheeting product manufactured by James Hardie (hence the name “hardieplank”) until the late 1980s.
Fiber cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. In appearance fiber cement cladding most often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wooden cladding, clapboard and imitation shingles. Fiber cement siding is also manufactured in a sheet form and is used not only as cladding but is also commonly used as a soffit / eave lining and as a tile underlay on decks and in bathrooms. Fiber cement cladding is not only used as an exterior cladding, it can also be utilized as a substitute for timber fascias and barge boards in high fire areas.
- “Fiber cement siding” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber_cement_siding (accessed May 13, 2010).