What is concrete sheeting?
Concrete sheeting is also known as cement board, blueboard, and fibre cement sheeting or siding. It is made by sandwiching a layer of concrete between a glass fibre mesh. Concrete sheeting once contained asbestos to improve its fireproofing ability. If you are planning on removing old concrete sheeting, it is safest to assume that it does contain asbestos.
Why is concrete sheeting used?
Plasterboard decays and can become mouldy when in contact with water. Although it is more expensive, concrete sheeting is often installed instead of plasterboard in places that see a lot of moisture. Appropriate places for concrete sheeting include the shower recess, around laundry and kitchen sinks, and dishwashers. While it is not completely waterproof, properly sealed concrete sheeting should be very durable.
Unlike plasterboard, concrete sheeting is not at all fragile. Its strength and moisture resistance makes it a good building material for outdoors. In fact, Australia has a great tradition of using concrete sheeting to build holiday homes.
How is concrete sheeting installed?
Concrete sheeting is installed in much the same way as plasterboard is - by nailing the sheets to the wall studs. As it is considerably heavier than plasterboard however, hanging concrete sheeting generally requires more than one person.