Cement board is one of the most commonly used construction material today. It is made from sand and cement, and is reinforced by fibreglass mats on both sides. The material is available in 3 × 5-foot and 4 × 8-foot that are either 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch thick.
So, what makes cement boards a better option when compared to other construction materials?
- Highly resistant to moisture and decay
- Is not affected by insect or fungal attack
- Does not warp or crack when installed correctly
Non-Hazardous to Health
- Does not contain asbestos, formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds
- It is difficult to ignite
- Does not emit toxic gases and vapour when exposed to fire
Excellent Dimensional Stability
- Resilient to changes in temperature and humidity
Impact and Abrasion Resistant
- Doesn’t succumb easily to physical damage or scuffs and scratches
Easy to Install
- Is lightweight and easy to handle
- Can be cut, drilled, sawn and sanded with common woodworking tools
- Ideal for dry construction methods
- Virtually maintenance free
Uses of Cement Boards
The properties of cement particle boards make them useful for different purposes. Here are some of the applications of these building materials:
Cement boards can be used as an alternative to wooden flooring. The panels are ideal for insulating floors in different climatic conditions. They are also used as a covering for under floor heating systems, mezzanine flooring, hollow flooring and floating floors.
The best part of using a cement particle board for flooring is that it offers diverse options for surface coatings and treatment.
- Substrate for wall tiles
Cement particle boards adhere well to tiles and offer a smooth, sturdy surface making them an ideal choice for an underlayment. When installed, they prevent tile and grout from cracking and breaking.
The boards are commonly used as an underlayment for kitchen and bathroom wall tiles.
- Internal linings on rainscreen cladding projects
A cement particle board offers superior performance and is structurally stronger compared to timber and plasterboard sheathing.
- General purpose external boarding
These particle boards are used to clad exterior surfaces in applications where the surface has to be moisture proof, fireproof, durable and fire resistant.
Cement boards can also be used in module and container fabrication, studwork interior walls and the construction of ceilings.