Fully compressed fibre cement sheeting proves to be a better option than tin roofing

The owners of a dairy farm in Wales are seeing the benefits of fibre cement products, after two of their agricultural buildings were fitted with Cembrit Cemsix corrugated sheet, an attractive, well ventilated alternative to steel sheeting.  

Located in Mid Wales, the farm is situated 1,200 feet above sea level and features two newly built dairy units combining to cover 5,600sq m².  Due to the location, the roofing material for this project needed to be able to withstand the often demanding weather conditions, as well as provide the appropriate ventilation to accommodate the cattle.

Powys-based contractor, Gareth Pugh Steel Framed Buildings was the contractor for this project, and specified Cembrit Cemsix corrugated sheet. Having worked with the product previously, the contractor recognises the benefits of fibre cement products over alternatives such as steel sheets.  Steel roofs are susceptible to condensation and corrosion, while fibre cement sheets can absorb moisture and do not rust.  Gareth Pugh Steel Framed Buildings installed over 1,500, 10" Cembrit Cemsix sheets to the two buildings. The popular Natural grey shade of Cemsix was fixed on the roof, with Cembrit’s Open Ridge accessory installed on the apex.

Gareth Pugh himself had nothing but praise for Cemsix: “We have used various corrugated sheet products in the past but have always found Cembrit Cemsix to be the most consistent sheet on the market.  This makes the installation of the roof quick and easy, and results in a higher quality finish.”

Cemsix corrugated sheeting from Cembrit is a durable and waterproof building material which is perfectly suited for dairy housing. Cemsix has the advantage of being slightly porous, which means that high levels of water vapour or humidity within agricultural buildings can be absorbed by the sheets and gradually released into the atmosphere. This contrasts with steel, where moisture condenses on the underside of the roof and drops back onto the contents inside. Cemsix is not affected by rust, destructive fungi, vermin or insects, so will not rot or decay.

Incorporating the latest technological advances, Cemsix allows designers to clad agricultural or industrial buildings in a Class 0 fire rated, rust and rot-proof material that will last for decades. Manufactured using Portland cement, together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres and reinforced with strengthening strips and available with superior colouration systems, Cemsix is produced to the highest European standard.

Available in natural grey, matt black and ten attractive coated colour options, Cemsix is offered in a standard imperial 6 inch profile strengthened with strategically placed polypropylene reinforcement strips. These are incorporated within the fibre-cement sheet to comply with BS and H&S requirements for site safety and fragility.