Eternit: Guide

Eternit is a proven building material that is versatile. With a wealth of variations in colors and shapes, Eternit opens up a wide range of design options.

Worth knowing about Eternit

At the end of the 19th century, the Austrian Ludwig Hatschek developed fiber-reinforced cement products. Cement, combined with water, turns into a rock-hard substance. The addition of fibers improves the flexural strength of the versatile material. The resulting cement products are ideal for interior work, roofing and cladding. Initially, asbestos fibers were used, but the use of this substance has been banned in Europe and many other parts of the world since the late 20th century, in part since the beginning of the 21st century. Asbestos fibers are respirable and can be released during the processing of asbestos-containing fiber cement boards. The decomposition process of aging fiber cement boards also releases these harmful substances. Therefore, today instead of asbestos glass, carbon or plastic fibers are used.

Beautiful and varied

If one heard the term "Eternit" earlier, then one thought involuntarily of the gray corrugated sheets, which were often used for the roofing. These plates were preferably used because they were easy to process and very cheap. However, they were not shapely and elegant. That has changed significantly. Modern Eternit products, not just corrugated sheets, offer a wide range of different shapes, colors and surface textures. Therefore, they are versatile and used in all construction sectors, such as housing, industry, agriculture, commercial or public buildings. They are just as suitable for new construction as they are for renovation projects. The Eternit products are used in wet rooms as well as fire protection or as a partition wall construction. In the outdoor area, they serve as neat façade cladding, as roof eaves, as a substructure or inexpensive roofing.

Is Eternit really cheap?

With a material price of 10.00 euros per square meter, one can really speak of a favorable price. However, this is the simplest version in low strength. Depending on the surface structure, shape, color, wall thickness and insulation properties you have to expect hefty surcharges. Here you will find square meter prices of about 25.00 euros. It is therefore advisable to compare the prices. Of course, the properties must be taken into account. Get a non-binding offer from several providers. Keep in mind, however, that if you use it as a cladding, for example, you will need a relatively expensive substructure. The cost of this construction must be added to the pure material price for the Eternit panels, if you want to make a comparison, if dressing with Eternit panels or plastering the building is less expensive. Wages also play a role in this consideration, because the Eternit plates are easy to work with and are ideal for the do-it-yourself process. Smart do-it-yourselfers and do-it-yourselfers are not overburdened with creating the substructure.

needs assessment

If you use large-surface Eternit plates, you can easily determine the need, especially since the plates are put on push. However, there are also small plates available, popular are the shingles, which are offered in different forms such as rhombus, rectangle or with a bow cut. Here, the needs assessment is a bit more difficult, because here you have to work with overlap and the angle of inclination plays a big role. For the roof shingles, the unit price starts at about one euro, the square meter price must be calculated on the demand.

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