What is Fibre Cement Roofing and Cladding Solutions and what is it used for?

Fibre Cement is a compound building and construction material used mainly in roofing and façade products because of its strength and longevity. In fibre cement, there is fibre reinforcement which makes the material even stronger. At GPH, we have a large stock of fibre cement profile sheeting through our long-standing partnership with Marley Eternit.

Marley Eternit is the UK’s only manufacturer of fibre cement roofing and cladding solutions and has been producing profiled sheeting for over 100 years. We buy a substantial volume of the fibre cement profile sheeting which is extremely popular and used regularly for agricultural buildings.

This is because fibre cement fits both contemporary and flexible design options and is used by many contractors to create stunning roof and facades. It’s extremely popular for roofing in the agricultural sector as it is quick and easy to install but it’s also used for a wide variety of applications including commercial, residential, industrial and leisure. As well as being UK manufactured, the main advantages are that it’s:

  • Low maintenance
  • Weather resistant
  • Rust, rot and corrosion resistant
  • Highly absorbent
  • Well insulated with excellent acoustic and thermal protection

One of the main benefits of a fibre cement roof for agricultural buildings is improved ventilation. The construction and structure of fibre cement allows it to be vented for increased airflow which is essential for farm buildings that hold livestock. This material prevents leaks or condensation, helping maintain a stable and comfortable environment. As well as performing these practical functions, style is not hindered as this material is also aesthetically pleasing with its traditional yet sophisticated design.

Dan Bolton – Marley Eternit, Area Sales Manager, Profiled Sheeting – The North explained: ‘Here at Marley Eternit, we are proud to be the only UK Manufacturer of fibre cement profiled sheeting. Our sheets are designed for the UK market and with over 100 years of experience we have a number of carefully developed profiled sheeting products for a variety of needs and in an array of different colours.

With a profile 6 and profile 3 corrugation, the main benefit is the ability to absorb moisture and dissipate it in preferable weather conditions. This makes it the perfect material when ventilation is key to a building, especially in the Agricultural market where ventilation is one of the major factors in an animals welfare. With our sheets being the only semicompressed fibre cement sheets in the market, they can absorb 25% of its own body weight in moisture, more than any other sheet out there. However, it’s not just the Agricultural market that can benefit from using our material. Residential, Education, Leisure, Commercial and Industrial sectors have also seen the benefits of using a material that is strong, practical, affordable and does not rust, rot or corrode.

The relationship between Marley Eternit and GPH is a strong one that has been built up over many years. The staff at GPH are friendly and knowledgeable. If you have any questions regarding fibre cement profiled sheeting be sure to give them a call. Marley Eternit and myself look forward to many more years working together with GPH and providing people with all their fibre cement profiled sheeting needs’.

All types of profile sheetings are manufactured from a selected blend of Portland cement and water, reinforced with a mixture of both natural and synthetic fibres. Marley Eternit have always worked to improve safety with their range of roofing and cladding products. Building upon over 100 years’ experience in the UK roofing industry, they have developed a purpose designed, reinforced fibre cement sheet that meets the high standards of safety in roofing work.

The range includes a wide variety of colours, chosen for their ability to harmonise with the most commonly used building materials – brick, slate, stone, concrete and timber.

In addition to this, GPH stock a wide range of stock for the agricultural sector including our huge stock fencing range and our popular range of hand and power tools available at all 4 of our branches in Inverurie, Stonehaven, Westhill and Ellon.

Get in touch today or visit one of our branches and we can talk you through our stock and find the perfect products for your project!