For any working farm, having suitable buildings and equipment in place to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of operations is essential. Farm buildings must be carefully constructed using only the best materials and a fibre cement roof is just one of the leading options currently available.

Speaking to Duane Roberts, Senior Draughtsman at Graham Heath Construction, about this fantastic construction material, we look at the advantages of choosing a fibre cement roof for farm buildings.

What is fibre cement?

Fibre cement is a composite construction material which reinforces cement (a substance which undergoes a chemical reaction with water to produce something as hard as stone) with fibre for added strength. It’s versatility and durability make it popular with both cladding and roofing.

Advantage: improved ventilation

One of the main advantages of a fibre cement roof in farm buildings is improved ventilation. The construction and makeup of fibre cement allows it be vented for increased airflow and this is essential for buildings containing livestock.

Advantage: no condensation or leaks

Fibre cement roofs also prevent leaks or condensation, helping to maintain a stable and comfortable internal environment which is once again perfect for buildings holding livestock.
Water is essentially soaked up or evaporated and won’t drip down into the internal structure like it would with some other roofing construction materials. This is of particular use in the summer months when the heat of livestock could result in increased humidity and condensation.

Advantage: aesthetics

As well as performing practical functions, fibre cement roofs also have aesthetic benefits. They offer a traditional and simple design which is ideal for many farm buildings and ensure that performance is not hindered for the sake of style.

What buildings should it be used for?

The specific benefits of fibre cement roofs mean that they are ideal for farm buildings containing livestock. Although they can also be suitable for other buildings – such as workshops or outbuildings – there are other construction materials which could work just as well, if not better. This includes box profile roofs which are particularly popular with buildings which do not contain livestock.