Fibre cement, or Fibre Reinforced Cement (FRC), is a versatile building material developed by James Hardie in the early 1980s. Fibre cement is a composite material made of cement reinforced with cellulose fibres.
James Hardie® fibre cement products are a mixture of:
Plus a small amount of other chemical additives to help the process, or provide structure with particular characteristics.
Fibre cement as tiling backer board or floor tiling base
As a building material, interior fibre cement tile backer board products are especially suited as a tiling base for tiling wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and showers as it is resistant to permanent water damage and does not need to be treated before tiling. Because it is water resistant, fibre cement tile backer board is used as an alternative to Plywood and Plasterboard tiling base.
Fibre cement as an exterior cladding material
Fibre cement as an exterior cladding material is used as an alternative to wood cladding and PVC or vinyl as it is very durable and low maintenance, compared to other cladding materials. Fibre cement cladding is very durable because it is water resistant and does not rot, warp or crack. It is also resistant to termites, woodpeckers and other pests. In addition, fibre cement cladding is a fire resistant building material and will not ignite when exposed to direct flame or extreme heat: it is a non-combustible material.
Fibre cement cladding is easy to work with and to install, and the appropriate tools allows for an easier one person installation.
The fibre cement manufacturing process produces a durable, highly workable and aesthetically pleasing product by a process that substantially reduces the curing time compared to air-cured concrete products. This means your build moves along faster, with less hold ups and complications. Watch the whole process of how its made in this video.
HardieBacker® 6mm: Interior tiling base especially suited for wet areas, with EZ Grid® recessed pattern for easier installation.
HardieBacker® 12mm: A thicker interior tiling base for wet areas, suited to use on floors when additional height is needed.
HardiePlank® weatherboard: Exterior cladding for homes in planks of 3600mm x 180mm, in smooth or cedar structure.
HardiePanel® cladding: Large format cladding panels of 3050mm x 1220mm suited for all buildings, big or small.
HardieWindbreaker™ sheathing board: Weather defence air barrier to strengthen the structure and serve as a base for an exterior weatherproof ventilated rainscreen cladding system.