Eternit plates: Guide

Building coverings made of Eternit panels are not only stylish and modern, but also inexpensive and easy to work with. Eternit plates have many more benefits.

How everything began

Cement binds with water to a rock-hard material, which is durable, but not easy to work. The addition of fiber components increases the bending tensile strength and achieves an incredible range of possible uses for the resulting fiber cement boards. This process was developed at the end of the 19th century and the product was patented under the name "Eternit". Initially, asbestos fibers were used for admixture. However, it has been shown over time that this material is harmful to health, because the microscopically fine asbestos dust is respirable and carcinogenic. This dust is produced mainly during the production and processing of the boards, but is also released by the aging process of the installed boards. Therefore, in Europe and much of the world for many years asbestos fibers may no longer be used. Alternatively, one uses today plastic, carbon or glass fibers.

Using the Eternit plates

Especially the incredibly diverse application possibilities make the Eternit panels a coveted building material, because they are extremely versatile in indoor and outdoor use. They are used in the wet area, they serve as ideal building materials for lightweight partition constructions without carrying function, they are fire resistant and are therefore used in the FH area. Not only in private housing, but also in commerce, agriculture or public buildings Eternit plates are used gladly. Outside, they are preferred for low-cost roofing or attractive facade cladding.

Variety of shapes and price examples

Eternit panels are available in different shapes, colors and finishes, with wall thickness and energy characteristics varying widely. Due to the different composition or different percentages of the mixture different insulation values ​​are achieved, which plays a major role especially when used outdoors. If you are interested in this versatile and proven building material and make price comparisons, you must also take these basic data into consideration. The simplest, thinnest and least heat-insulating Eternit panels are already available for a price per square meter of about 10.00 euros, the better quality are located in the price range of about 25.00 euros, the price can be increased by design and design. The plates differ not only in strength and energy properties, but also in shape, color and surface structure, they can have embellishments such as stucco or score points with chic wood look.

Processing and what you should consider

Large-area Eternit panels are laid either with little overlap or on impact. However, in any case, a complex substructure is necessary. This fact must be included in the price calculation and therefore represents a disadvantage in the cost calculation. However, this is compensated by a very big advantage: Eternit plates are easy to work and can therefore be laid yourself, which is very appealing to home improvement and DIY enthusiasts. Do it yourself not only saves money, but also fun. But you always have to keep an eye on the weight, one square meter of Eternit plate weighs up to 15 kilos, which is an important aspect not only for handling when laying, but also for transport. The transport costs represent a further financial expense that must be included in the cost-benefit calculation. The best way to get non-binding offers including delivery.