Despite the fact that ventilated facades are used by Russian consumers relatively recently, they have already become a serious competitor to other finishing methods (relief compositions, plaster, etc.). Siding is gaining rapid popularity. This is a practical, reliable and stylish option for finishing buildings of various types. A special place among the rich assortment is occupied by fiber cement siding from the Cedral trademark.
What it is?
Siding is an external cladding of private houses and summer cottages. The finishing material is sold in the form of long panels that are folded into canvases of various sizes. Previously, wood was used in the production of products. Now metal, vinyl, ceramics and fiber cement are used.
The last option, which we will consider in more detail, has many features and individual performance characteristics. This type of finish serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. Siding takes on the load that falls on the lower part of the house, and given the huge variety of colors and textures, an ordinary building is instantly transformed after facing.
Product description and composition
Cedral offers customers an innovative finishing material - fiber cement siding. Experts assure that the product combines all the advantages of cladding from various types of raw materials, while devoid of their disadvantages.
The composition of the new material includes the following additives:
- mineral components;
- cellulose fibers;
- quartz sand.
For a long service life and wear resistance, the surface of each panel is treated with a polymer protective layer. Depending on the model, the finish can have an embossed or smooth structure to imitate natural wood. It was this characteristic that formed the name of the company.
Features of the
The main feature of the finishing material is that it does not change shape and size under the influence of temperature. As a result, the durability index is increased, and the wear of the products is reduced. You can carry out siding cladding from the above manufacturer at any time of the year, regardless of the weather outside the window. This is very convenient, especially for regions with a changeable climate.
The second distinctive feature of the product is the thickness of the panels. It is 10 millimeters. This characteristic indicates the strength and reliability of the cladding. Cellulose fiber reinforces the panels to compensate for the fragility of the cement. Manufacturers have made sure that the products have excellent stability.
Advantages and disadvantages
Products manufactured under the Cedral brand have many advantages that you should definitely familiarize yourself with before purchasing.
Fiber cement siding has excellent durability. The finishing material can withstand long-term mechanical stress without any problems. The product demonstrates increased reliability and durability compared to other types of cladding of this type. The panels will not become a breeding ground for fungus, mold, rot and various harmful microorganisms. Also, the facing is not afraid of direct sunlight (ultraviolet radiation). Regardless of temperature fluctuations, the material will retain its texture, color and shape. It is worth noting that not every type of siding has such a characteristic as the absence of thermal expansion. It is an environmentally friendly material that is safe for human, animal and environmental health. The product contains no harmful impurities.
Siding does not melt when near an open flame. There is also no release of hazardous substances. This characteristic indicates high fire safety and practicality of the material. Due to its excellent resistance to moisture, the material is not afraid of the negative effects of heavy rainfall and increased dampness. Massive rains are not terrible for him. Many people complain about the loud noise that occurs during strong gusts of wind, rainstorm or hail. With fiber cement siding, you won't face this problem.
Manufacturers offer customers a huge range of colors. The rich variety allows you to choose the ideal option for a specific style. In the product catalog you will find up to 30 shades - from light to almost black tones. You will also find original models in rich colors.
The manufacturer provides a guarantee not only for the product, but also for its color for a period of 10 years. As practice shows, the real period of service is much longer than the stated one. The manufacturer assures that the products retain all the declared characteristics for 50 years.
Cons of panels:
The weight. The installation process for heavy panels is troublesome and time-consuming. This characteristic is due to the thickness of the finish. Due to their high weight, the panels create an impressive load on the structure. For their installation, you will need a strong and sturdy crate
Cost. The price for this finishing option is not available to all consumers. Products will cost more than wood siding
As you can see, the product has much more advantages than negative aspects. The large weight of the panels is necessary for reliable protection of the building. You also don't have to worry about strong wind blowing off the cladding. A quality product cannot be cheap. The price is fully compensated for by durability, practicality, environmental friendliness, stylish appearance and other characteristics.
Siding from the manufacturer Cedral has the following parameters:
- panel length - 3.6 meters;
- thickness - 1 centimeter;
- width - 19 centimeters;
- the weight of one element is 10 kilograms (15 kg / "square").
- The temperature range that the cladding can withstand varies from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius.
Varieties of products
The entire range offered by Cedral is divided into two main classes.
Cedral. Each panel of finishing material has the same thickness over the entire plane. The laying process is carried out according to the "overlap" technique (up to 3 centimeters). Customers can choose from two types of texture: a textured imitation of natural wood "Cedral Wood" and a smooth and even surface with a miniature notch "Cedral Smooth"
Cedral click. A distinctive feature of this finish is that the canvases are equipped with a quarter-cut along the edge. This element allows for a butt assembly process. The penetration of liquid under the cladding is excluded due to the fact that the joints of the panels are overlapped in quarters. As in the first option, customers are offered two options that differ in texture - "Cedral Click Wood" or "Cedral Click Smooth"
Each variety is presented in the same color set. Also, the complete set of elements for fasteners - self-tapping screws - does not differ.
The siding package from the above manufacturer includes additional parts made of lightweight and durable aluminum, which are necessary for the installation of the siding.
Additional elements include:
- Internal corner. A necessary element for overlapping corners of the same name.
- Symmetrical and asymmetrical detail. The elements are installed in the outer corners of the walls. Asymmetric components are used for door and window openings.
- Start and end profile. The first part acts as a support for the starting row of the skin. The second element is needed to complete the top row.
- Connective. An additional part for connecting siding with other materials, as well as decorating its end parts.
- Perforated. It is necessary for arranging ventilation openings. The element also plays an important role in protecting the panels from the penetration of small rodents.
Also, along with the casing, the kit includes detailed installation instructions, which will help to carry out the work correctly.
Feedback from buyers
Considering the fact that Cedral fiber cement siding has just begun to gain popularity in the Russian market, there are still few reviews of this product. However, there are opinions about the product, and, based on them, we can draw a conclusion about the product.
Most of the users were satisfied with the purchase. This is indicated by the greater volume of positive responses. Buyers noted the rich color of the panels, durability, as well as the absence of noise during heavy rainfall. Some drew attention to the possibility of self-cleaning the cladding from dust during rain or wind.
There are also negative responses. Users noted the high price, indicating that on the market you can find products much cheaper than Cedral products.
You can learn about the installation of Cedral siding in the following video.