Villaboard Ceiling repairs are common these days. Ceilings being installed incorrectly is the main cause of these ceiling failures.
What is Villaboard/Fibre Cement sheeting
Villaboard is a fibre cement sheet product. James Hardie makes Villaboard in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. Obviously, your manufacturers such as CSR and BGC make their own fibre cement sheeting just named differently.
Whats good about Villaboard?
Villaboard is rigid and durable. Bathrooms and wet areas are all ideal places to install Villaboard. You can tile directly over it. Furthermore, it high ly resistant to damage especially in 9mm format. 9mm is commonplace in schools and housing commission. This is due to it’s high durability.
So where does it go wrong?
Incorrection installation is a major cause of fibre cement failure. I’ve seen the specs tightened over the years i’ve been working. I assume this is due to Hardies finding problems and attempting to improve the installation process. Firstly the addition backblocking to add stength to the joins. Secondly, Expansion joint spacings have gotten closer as the years go by. Finally, setting compounds have evolved to better deal with moisture.
Follow the Specs!
What do we learn from this? Manufacturers specs are there for a reason. Follow them! This includes actually following safety directions. Villaboard contains silica which is harmful when it enters the lungs. My father has one of these conditions. Consequently, I can’t stress enough that you need to read the safety instructions and follow them!
In conclusion, the product is great. Villaboard ceilings and walls have been around for a long time for a reason. It is waterproof, hardwearing and can be flush set. Just download the installation manual and actually follow it. This will ensure the best chance for a long-lasting cement sheet.