Product Storage and Handling
This guide covers the best methods to store and care for our fibre cement planks to installation. Learn more about the installation process here.
The planks must be stored on pallets in a dry, sheltered area to prevent frequent exposure to rain, sunshine and other weather conditions, as shown in Figure 1.01. This helps planks to remain in optimal condition.
Stack planks on flat ground or surface, and use level bearers to support the planks to prevent potential deformation, such as waviness.
It is important to ensure that the planks are moved around and carried correctly in order to prevent damages and / or breakages.
What To Do:
Carry the planks in a vertical position, and hold the edges of the plank for support (Figure 1.02)
If one person carries the plank, hold it in the middle of the panel (Figure 1.03)
If two people carry the plank, hold it near both ends of the panel (Figure 1.02)
What Not To Do:
Do not carry the planks in a horizontal position as doing so may increase the likelihood of breakage (Figure 1.04)
Installing our fibre cement products correctly with the right tools enhances the construction process and reduces the likelihood of any issues arising.
I: ONSITE HANDLING
Store sheets neatly on a flat surface above the ground to avoid contact with moisture or damage. Space bearers apart at a maximum of 600mm, as shown below in Figure 1.05 and Figure 1.06.
Planks that come into contact with water must be dried completely before they are moved around or used for installation.
It is recommended that the planks be pre-painted before they are installed or coated as soon as they are installed. Make sure planks are dry, clean and sanded before painting.
II: CUTTING GUIDE
Ensure that planks are well-supported during the cutting process and that the sawing blade does not overheat at any point.
Once the planks have been cut to their desired shape, finish the edges of the plank with sandpaper or electric plane for a more polished appearance.
The planks can be cut on a fixed working table using a sawing machine with a tungsten carbide tipped saw blade set on low speed. Sawing machines such as Festool, Makita and Bosch are suitable for cutting the planks.
The power jigsaw tool can be used to cut the planks into various shapes easily.
Iv: Safety PRECAUTIONS
Whenever power tools are used, make sure to always:
Wear eye, ear and dust protection equipment
Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the workspace
Finish the planks with at least 2 coats of good quality acrylic paint for best performance.
Use abrasion-resistant tools for machining, such as tungsten carbide or diamond tipped saws.