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Why is fiber cement siding the best choice?

Long-term thinking while constructing your building is a must as it prevents you from unnecessary expenses and saves a considerable amount of time in doing amendments to the overall architecture. That being said, siding works as a commendable option to maintain your house’s good health and stability. It provides aesthetic appeal and functions as a safety net for the building, preventing the exterior surface from various harsh weather conditions, pests, and dust. While investing in an imperative task such as this, choosing a good siding material matters the most. Fiber cement boards stand out as one of the best options in that case and this blog will explain why.

Cost-efficiency and low maintenance

Fiber cement siding is very affordable and has a larger life span that can go on for decades. It is available in the wood grain so it gives a classy touch just like that of a wood siding but with the least effort of putting so much money into its maintenance. Apart from homeowners, this is also beneficial for builders and contractors who are sourcing materials, doing the auction and installing the product. It is a dimensionally stable product. This means the material is consistent in its shape even when it is exposed to any kind of cleaning or maintenance work.

Eco-friendly

With deforestation creating huge loss to the ecosystem of the entire planet, fiber cement siding works as the best option for wood because it sustains for a long period plus would rarely end up in a dumping zone.

All weather-proof and thermite resistant

It is a good precautionary measure to protect the home surface from rains, snow, and humidity. Moreover, it is less likely to crack and contort in coldish areas. This makes fiber cement an inclusive option, especially for Indian customers more than ever due to the wide range of weather circumstances they deal with throughout the year. Secondly, it curbs pests which increases its durability even more.

Fire resistant

It provides great thermal resistance which is a major incentive for householders. Fiber cement is a combination of components like cement, cellulose, and silica fibers. So it ultimately behaves like a strong shield against any abrupt change in temperatures and is highly non-inflammable.

Versatility

Fiber cement siding is available in multiple colors, and textures as well as offers multiple choices with respect to size. This is an add-on benefit for builders and homeowners as they have so many choices to watch out for and pick any of them according to their respective requirements.

Easy installation

This is by far simple to work with material for builders and requires less labor training. Ecopro boards can be easily cut by a carpenter’s hand saw or electrically operated circular saw. This reduces a lot of physical effort and leads to less time consumption.

Conclusion

Ecopro’s objective is to create sustainable solutions for a better future. Considering fiber cement siding as a step towards the same mission, we provide you with these incredible services that will maintain a perfect balance of pleasing appearance and secure structure. We will be glad to help you out with the best choices when it comes to protecting your home for a prolonged time without much pain in your pocket and strain on your mind.
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Fibre Cement – The Quintessential Choice for Coastal/Wet Areas

When it comes to constructing a property in coastal or wet regions, homeowners need to be extra cautious. It’s the home exterior that bears the major brunt of the weather conditions. Be it strong winds or heavy rains, your home is exposed to risks that if not taken good care of can ruin your much-admired home.

Considering the role of weather in the stability of your structure, choosing the right construction material is imperative. While there are multiple choices available, go for the one that provides a superior line of defense against the spell of harsh weather conditions. Fibre cement boards are one of the most recommended materials, gaining ground for coastal region constructions. When pitched against other materials it gives the builders/homeowners the benefit of a stronger and healthy living environment as against other costly and repair-ridden alternatives.

How Fibre cement is good for your home exteriors?

Do you know that the single most destructive element causing your exterior cladding/siding to fail is moisture? The constructions in wet/humid climates like those in Mumbai, Kolkata, etc often face the problem of excessive dampness and trapped moisture. This can be catastrophic for homes. Moisture infiltrating through the exterior walls ruins insulation, weakens the structural base and doesn’t even spare the interiors of your home. Premium quality Fibre sheets here can work really well if you pay attention to their accurate installation.

High-performing fibre cement boards like EcoPro Plus variants (planks, handcrafted bricks, linea boards, etc) come with water-repellent features that offer desired weather protection to your home exteriors.

The best part with fibre cement range is that they can address home protection in a couple of ways. Here’s how:

  • Firstly, there are options of clip installation system that enables the panels to stay in place ensuring fewer openings for water to penetrate the siding/cladding.
  • Secondly, most Fibre cement boards today come with a built-in rain screen feature that acts as another layer of protection. This extra layer of water protection prevents damage from moisture build-up and offers you the joy of long-lasting structure without much maintenance hassles.

Other materials like stone and concrete (the two most sought-after materials) known to be durable and environment friendly, are practically expensive home exterior options. Moreover, these do not guarantee complete protection against harsh conditions. Regular inspection to rule out any need for maintenance is a prerequisite for the prolonged life of the structure.

Alternatively, Fibre cement is a cost-effective alternative. Available in different densities and thicknesses, Fibre cement boards feature good weather resilience that holds up well. That’s not all, what really works in favor of homeowners is that they are easier to maintain and simpler to replace than brick or stone while mimicking the looks of them both.

Fibre Cement is super-cool for interiors as well!

When creating home interiors, the look and feel are very important. With Fibre cement, you get to play with creative design ideas that could amplify your home appeal. Whether it’s wall paneling, seamless false ceiling, partition wall, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, or even mezzanine flooring, Fibre cement is just the right material to go for. Try EcoPro designer sheets (Pebble, Aquatic, Waves, Stone, or Screens) or digital print boards, etc to add a perfect style statement to your interiors.

With EcoPro you not only get to build a resilient structure but also the freedom to experiment with varying finishes-stain finish(available in Red oak, Dark chocolate, Walnut), laminate finish, CNC Cutting, or digital printing according to your choice. This is not all; the brand also offers you the desired flexibility. Without pre-wetting, you can use this board to create precise curve shape designs and more.

If you managed to read the blog till the end, I expect you’ll not flounder on your choice of construction material. Still, if you’re eager to learn more about Fibre cement and the available choices for wetter regions, EcoPro can help you. Call us today and we’ll ensure you are glad about your decision!

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Aakruthi Developer | A Project by Ecopro

Know Why Fibre Cement is the Right Match for your Duct Cover

Ever noticed how some buildings have duct areas that detract from the style of the entire structure?  Well, ducts are an important part of a construction, carved out for accommodating electrical wirings, plumbing and HVAC lines and other extensions of your homes.  A functional element of the building, you simply can’t avoid the unsightly duct portion but you can certainly seek alternatives to hide it.  Aesthetically designed duct coverings are practically the most viable options for these unpleasing yet essential aversions.

Today most of the society constructions and even commercial buildings like malls prefer modular duct cover to create a functional closed space that is both pleasing to eye and environmentally sound. It’s no surprise then, that duct covers are gaining traction for facia cladding, protecting air conditioners and air ventilation, concealing water drainage/sewage ducts as well as for creating semi privacy for open balconies/kitchen galleries and more.

Fibre cement boards – the trending choice for duct covers

Your choice of duct cover material will have an effect on your overall experience.  If you really want a neatly done structure that standouts in looks and involves minimal maintenance hassles, then EcoPro Fibre cement sheets are an excellent option. Light-weight, sturdy and resilient to weather conditions, these sound absorbing panels serve as an excellent construction material for claddings and coverings.

Talking of the safety and long life of the duct, the experts suggest duct covers of material that do not harm the walls and also make it safer to work inside the ducts as and when required. In larger scale projects where numerous installations are needed, easy workability too has its role. Considering from these perspectives Fibre cement can be coined as the suitable match. Despite being high impact resistance, they are easy to work with and offer desired flexibility to your designing capabilities.

An eco-friendly material, it can help you create clean, enduring and sustainable structure reflecting high standards of workmanship. What’s more, fibre cement board is a highly versatile material that can be used to mimic other resources like stucco or wood, including grain patterns that look like the real thing. It can also be easily painted either before installation or after.

Features that make EcoPro the right fit for your duct covers

  • Available in different sizes, ensuring unlimited configurations
  • Corrosion and moisture resistant
  • Heat and sound insulant
  • Variety of finishes available
  • Environment friendly
  • Easy and faster to install
  • Modular designs
  • Cost effective and economical

Our Successful Projects

Backed with sound understanding of changing industry trends, we offer premium quality fibre cement range that meets the refined demands of the customers.  Over the past years we have successfully completed slew of high-profile projects. The sturdy and appealing duct covers from our brand truly reflect what we are and what we stand for. Our flagship projects include:

Amanora City

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Amanora | A Project by Ecopro


Polite Group

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Polite Group | A Project by Ecopro


Aakruthi Developers

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Aakruthi Developer | A Project by Ecopro


Siddhi Developers

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Siddhi Developers | A Project by Ecopro


Ravetkar Builder Pune

Fibre Cement Duct Cover | Ravetkar Builder | A Project by Ecopro


A collaborative partner in true sense, EcoPro promises cost effective and top-grade material for duct covers that add real value to your build-out project.

If you are looking forward for duct covering or external wall cladding solutions for your structure, then don’t forget to give EcoPro a chance. Investing in the right material can pay you long term dividends.

Whether you want to improve the saleable value or safety of your asset; we can help you achieve your goals. Call us today and explore the world of options for your duct covers and claddings!

Facade | Ecopro

4 Architectural Shifts in Facade Designs

When you imagine an IT park, you would picturise those reflective tall buildings wrapped entirely in glass reflecting the rays of the sun. The original concrete structure is expertly hidden behind this facade. Despite their climatic limitations and heating issues, these materials have long dominated the architectural scene symbolizing the quintessential office space. However, advances in technology are now enabling a plethora of approaches to facade design and construction. Some of these options are particularly beneficial for the parts of the world that suffer from excessive heat and cold. From timber & Fibre cement to shape shifting tiles and curved glass – modern facade technology has had architects spoilt for choice. We bring you, 4 of those trends in facade design.

 4 Trends in Facade Designs

Weathering steel cladding or CORTEN

Often referred to as “CORTEN” or “COR-TEN” signifying the company that owns the trademark to weathering steel, this mesmerizing rust-colored metal is known for its peculiar oxidized patina appearance. It is an alloy that was developed to eliminate the need for painting and form a stable rust-like appearance after several years’ exposure to weather. It is originally grey in color but eventually turns orange and then deep brown after months of oxidization. In this process, protective layers develop on the material’s surface. These layers contribute to performance and create the metal’s architectural aesthetic.

However, Weathering steel does not come without its own set of challenges. For one, It is sensitive to humid subtropical climates, and in such environments, it is possible that the protective patina may not stabilize but instead continue to corrode. Also, Weathering steel is not rustproof in itself. If water is allowed to accumulate in pockets, those areas will experience higher corrosion rates. Hence, it is not suitable in marine or coastal environments.
1. Weathering steel cladding | Corten | Ecopro

Kinetic Facade

A kinetic facade is one that changes dynamically rather than being static or fixed. This enables the movement of the building’s surface. The architect Buckminster Fuller calls this the ‘skin-like articulation’ effect and is an extension of the idea that a building’s envelope is an active system rather than just a container. Elements that form this facade can be programmed to move according to the climate such as to block sun rays from directly hitting the floor. This improves energy efficiency or reduces solar heat, or may even simply act as an art installation.

The Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi is an example of a kinetic facade made of umbrella-like panels that open and close in response to the sun’s movement through the day, to achieve optimal shading and light entering the building. Although this is a great idea for creating stunning impact and attracting an iconic status, it of course comes with a whopping price tag!

Kinetic Facade | Ecopro

 

Curved glass

Technological advances in glass have taken curved glass fabrication to different levels of complexity and performance in the last few years and continue to drive into new frontiers. Curved glass gives architects and designers more freedom to create innovative facades where straightness, corners, and edges can be replaced with soft curves. The curved glass allows transparent views on the corner of a building, without the visually disturbing frames. Costs for curved glass are almost thrice that of flat glass – making it less appealing to conservative investors. 

Curved Glass Facade | Ecopro

Fibre Cement Sheets

Fibre cement sheet is formed by extracting the best qualities from its parent elements viz cement and Fibre and then combining them in perfect proportion to form a material that has the best of both worlds. While it is strong and sturdy like concrete, it is light and flexible like Fibre. While it has the aesthetics of timber, it is resistant to molds, fire, and termites.

Fibre cement allows us to clad walls in a light, non-combustible, and weather-resistant way, generating facades with different textures, colors, and tones. These sheets can also be used as an application of Kinetic Facades as they are easily manageable. Doubling up as sound absorbing panels, they exhibit good acoustical qualities by absorbing ambient noise. They are perforable and can act as ventilated facades when installed with a certain separation between the rear wall. Despite these advantages, Fibre cement sheets remain modest and meek, and greatly affordable, unlike their flashier counterparts.

Fibre cement facades can be installed in random arrangements of panels to generate variations in their orientations. You may opt for a rustic board-and-batten look or a cleaner look with simple minimalist lines. In the Shiplap Siding pattern, they appear to be butted right up against one another, creating a clean, smooth surface, which is common among contemporary homes. The art of installing Fibre cement facades is only limited by the expertise & skills of the architect.

When it comes to Fibre cement claddings, EcoPro is one of the biggest names in the game in India, almost synonymous with fiber cement sheets. The versatility of FIbre cement sheets means that their applications range from external wall cladding and roofing to mezzanine flooring and  false ceiling for hall. Visit our website today to for more information.

Fibre Cement Backer Boards - the Perfect Base for Tiles

Fibre Cement Backer Boards – What Makes Them the Perfect Base for Tiles

Backer board is a material used as a tile substrate. It is an inexpensive, convenient building material that makes tiling projects go faster and look better in the end. Backer boards, in general, can be used for all your tile jobs for floors, walls, and counters. You can also use it for thin exterior brick and stone. Some companies manufacture backer-board sheets with a rougher side for use with thin-set mortar and a smoother side for use with ceramic-tile mastic while some like EcoPro manufacture them as hand-crafted bricks. Most importantly, backer boards contribute to a longer-lasting, more durable tile installation, with no chance of backing board rot and a reduced chance of rot with the underlying wall studs or floor joists. Usually, 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch thick and 3 feet by 5 feet long, It is made of cement, water, silica, limestone, flour and fibre for increased strength. The commonly used tile substrates such as plywood and others have a tendency to warp and buckle. However, the Backer board is hard and flat which allows it to remain stable even in damp conditions. This makes backer boards easily adhere to a tile with the use of a thin-set mortar forming a consistent tile surface.

Backer boards have been traditionally made in 2 varieties, viz. Cement and Gypsum, but both have their sets of pros and cons. A relatively newer variety called the Fibre cement Backer boards combines the best of Cement and Fibre leading to an upgraded material. Fibre cement boards are lighter and stronger as compared to cement only boards and are available in multiple thickness & dimension options. Fibre cement is naturally moisture resistant – a quality which can be further strengthened using waterproof coating – to make them perform excellently in damp areas such as bathrooms and laundries.

Fibre cement backer boards as the best base for tiling

Depending on their make, the applications of Fibre cement boards can range from a partition wall to bathrooms. The most appreciated application being for tiling purposes. Conventional tiling options such as ceramic and porcelain are highly vulnerable to moisture infiltration due to its seams which can eventually lead water to its base material. This dampens the studs resulting in the growth of mold and mildew. Fibre cement sheet also acts as sound absorbing panels to cancel out all the unwanted echoes in the room. Wood – another prominent material – also stands unacceptable in areas of constant water exposure such as bathrooms and wash areas as wood easily rots in the presence of moisture. Even regular drywalls are not appropriate as we will learn further. The best alternative then is the Fibre cement backer board which is built to perform well under these particular conditions. They are resistant to moisture, they don’t rot, and they don’t even let mold growth.

Before backer boards became mainstream, interior walls were finished with woods strips layered over wall studs. It was then plastered and had to be preserved for weeks until it completely dried out and settled. Then came the gypsum boards or drywalls which were manufactured in the factory and straightway installed in the construction saving amazing time and labor. Cement backer boards are even better than gypsum boards as they are a tile equivalent to these wallboards. These factory-made standard size tiles have an advantage of transportation as well as setting up as opposed to floating massive beds of mortar on the job site. Plus, being fiber enforced, these cement boards have strengthening qualities which make them far stronger and dimensionally stable than site-built mortar beds. The best achievement though has to be the on-site drying time as Fibre cement boards are factory dried and need no further processing.

If you are looking for the best quality Fibre cement sheet for your backer board applications, contact EcoPro on +91 20 2645 8888 – the number 1 manufacturer of eco-friendly Fibre cement sheets in India.

FCBs for setting up isolation ward

Using Fibre Cement Boards for Quick & Easy Isolation Ward Set Up

With the rising cases of COVID-19, we are running out of hospitals

With an unprecedented rise in the cases of COVID-19, we are running out of hospital space in cities as well as rural areas. For a country where there is still a long way in improving healthcare facilities, we are now faced with a pandemic that is axing our already weak branch. As such, the erection of isolation wards has been fast-tracked by all the state governments following the example of China which had managed to build a COVID hospital in a lighting fast period of 10 days. Acting on the urgency, many existing structures such as schools, colleges, malls, and even railway compartments were converted into isolation wards for housing COVID-19 patients.

Isolation wards are meant to separate suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases from the rest of the world. Patients inside these wards are kept in isolation until they test negative as per MoHFW’s discharge policy. According to the WHO, the clinical criteria requires that patients’ symptoms have been resolved for at least three days before release from isolation, with a minimum time in isolation of 13 days since symptom onset.  So how exactly are these isolation wards built and how can EcoPro Fibre cement boards help? – Let’s find out.

What it takes to set up an isolation ward

In ideal conditions, COVID-19 patients are expected single rooms, but that is practically impossible considering the absurdly high ratio of patients and rooms. Hence, another closest & feasible alternative is to house all patients together in common wards with individual beds which are placed at a minimum distance of 2m from each other. Apart from the beds, each room should have a separate toilet/bathroom cum changing area to maintain hygiene and contain the spread opportunities of the virus. For the ventilation, the isolation ward should have enough windows and ceiling fans to ward off stale air. These wards should not share the same area with other wards such as post-surgical and labor rooms as the virus is highly contagious. Preferably, they should have separate entry and exit bypassing any appearance in the general area. With this calculation and considering space overheads for equipment, waste disposal bins, walking, and transporting, etc – a 2000 sq.ft area can comfortably accommodate only around 10 beds. So while we may have enough area, we don’t have much time as, despite frequent lockdowns, the number of patients is exponentially rising before the curve finally flattens. For this, we need to erect isolation wards as quickly as possible.

How EcoPro Fibre cement boards can save time & energy

It is understood that Isolation wards cannot be set up at a regular pace and require a speedy installation to cater to patients in real-time. What better than a fibre cement board set up that is quick to install and is ready to use in no time. These factory-made boards require minimal masonry work only for the foundation and the rest can be installed merely by the help of frames. This saves a tremendous amount of time as compared to masonry work. Not just time, fibre cement boards are built to possess qualities such as resistance to fire and moisture, durability, light weightedness, strength and flexibility, and also resistance to termites and molds. It is so easy to transport and requires less labor thus saving energy too. All these properties make it an ideal choice of construction especially as when monsoon peaks in India. On top of it, EcoPro Fibre cement boards are EcoFriendly and reusable, which means minimal wastage & smart usage of resources. Fibre cement boards can also be used as partition wall to divide the existing structures into smaller rooms such as a large hall or an auditorium. These walls are easy to mount and act as sound absorbing panels giving the patients peace of mind amid chaos. Additionally, one of the important features of fibre cement walls is that being moisture resistant, it provides a hostile environment to bacteria and germs and hinders their growth. And the best part is, they are affordable.

With so many advantages, clearly, Fibre cement boards should be utilized more for their utility. They can surely add strength while the fight against COVID-19 continues. We are sure we will come out of this pandemic victorious and will ensure the lives lost were not without a cause.

Fibre cement boards for leakproof roofs

Make Your Roofs Monsoon Ready for a Stressfree Season

A roof is an important part of any building structure. It serves the functional purpose of providing shelter to the residents within from outside weather elements and also adds an aesthetic charm to the structure – especially the sloping roofs. So, while it’s important to take care of your roof all year long, it becomes even more critical during the monsoons. This is the time when torrential rains hit your roofs and seep in causing problems such as leakage, mildews under the roof, and dampness on the walls potentially deteriorating the strength of the structure and aging it before time. Thankfully, it’s possible to prepare your roof from coming under the weather by some simple tips from EcoPro. EcoPro is a manufacturer of moisture-resistant and eco-friendly Fibre cement boards that are used for various structural applications such as roof underlays, roof decks, to even a false ceiling for hall.

Check the shingles

Those overlapping tiles placed on your roof are called shingles. Many times, we neglect the tiles or don’t pay enough attention to them. But it could be that one broken tile which can start the trickling, eventually turning it into a bigger leakage. It’s a good idea to inspect the roof for any broken tiles just as you smell monsoon approaching near. This will give you enough time to fix the issue so that you don’t have to settle for the last moment emergency patch-work. If your roof tiles are existing for a long time and have clear signs of wearing out, it is better if you replace the entire roof with a new set of tiles. They would instantly lift the value of your property too.

Roof Underlays

Roofing underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof barrier material that is layered upon your roof deck and under the tiles. It is applied under all other roofing materials as an additional layer of protection from severe weather. Roofing underlays are available in materials such as asphalt but the ones made from Fibre cement boards are excellent at water resistance and protect all roofing components from getting soaked even during torrential rains.

Look for leakage signs on ceilings and walls

Each time there is a heavy downpour washing out your property, you might find moist spots around your house, typically in the most exposed area of the wall or just below the ceiling. What may seem like a small leak at the beginning may eventually grow into a bigger one after back to back rains if the exact issue leading to the leakage is not addressed on time. If you find moist spots on the walls that are not traceable to the roof, then it could be an issue of the wall itself. In such cases, you need to get them inspected by an expert and get them repaired. A permanent solution in such a case would be to apply a water-resistant Fibre cement sheet over your wall surface that comes in different variations such as tiles and wall panels. They not only protect the surface from water but also give an aesthetically pleasing look to the walls. For taller buildings, a rain screen cladding offers a relatively simple solution to the problem of keeping rainwater out. The system involves a form of double partition wall construction that uses the external wall cladding to keep out the rain and an inner layer to provide thermal insulation, prevent excessive air leakage, and carry wind loading.

If you are looking for waterproofing solutions for your house or want to know your prospects well before you begin with the construction of a new one, contact EcoPro today and learn how fibre cement boards can fit your needs!

Eco-Friendly Home Building and Renovation using Fibre Cement Boards

Eco-Friendly Home Building and Renovation with Fibre Cement Boards

With a strong eco-friendly drive going on around the world, one can’t help but wonder, how can they contribute to society by reducing their carbon footprints? Well, one of the biggest ways to contribute toward green living is right in front of you… it’s your home décor and construction needs! Fibre cement boards have opened up a plethora of new opportunities for all environmental enthusiasts as they can be used in almost any roofing, walling, or flooring application.

Environmental benefits of Fibre Cement

Home renovations can cause significant environmental repercussions, considering all the material that goes into it. But fibre cement changes the game entirely. Fibre cement panels are composed of sand, cement, and cellulose fibres which act as reinforcement. Fibre cement normally comes in the form of planks and panels along with various texture details.

Most environmental issues at stake when renovating your home include the need for synthetic product production or consumption of wood that may be linked to clear-cutting, as well as waste, such as old vinyl siding. Fibre cement single-handedly solves all these issues.

Fibre cement boards are made of fibre and cement which is organically produced and is much less harmful to nature. It is a revolutionary product replacing many of the traditional resources like wood and cement. Fibre cement boards are a great low-cost alternative for wooden pieces as well. EcoPro is one of the leading manufacturers of customized fibre cement boards, offering high-quality products for a variety of applications. The EcoPro Fibre Cement Sheet is GreenPro certified for its holistic implementation of environmental safety, right from the production to the disposal.

 Constructional benefits of using Fibre Cement Boards:

  1. Highly durable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain.
  2. Possesses acoustic properties, can be used as sound-absorbing panels.
  3. Shows high resilience against harsh weather conditions such as heat and water, and comes with Class 1(A) fire/flame protection.
  4. Possesses high thermal insulation properties, thereby providing a great solution to the heat island effect in metro areas.
  5. Panels are completely termite resistant and can be used in place of termite proof plywood.
  6. It can be easily painted as they are resistant to cracks, swelling, and warping.
  7. Fibre cement panels have a great aesthetic appeal as they can replace components like wood, stone, etc.

5 main applications for home

  1. False-ceiling: Build beautiful multi-level false ceilings that are strong enough to hold all types of lighting and accessories.
  2. Exterior wall cladding: Build robust cladding solutions that uplift your façade and protect your homes.
  3. Partition walls: Maximize living space utilization with strong, functional and elegant partition walls made using fibre cement panels.
  4. Sound-proofing: Develop premium-grade soundproofing solutions that offer high speech intelligibility, increased directional hearing, and echo-free sound.
  5. Mezzanine Flooring: Create more space by bifurcating your vertical space with strong and durable mezzanine flooring solutions.

If you’re looking for low-cost fibre cement solutions for your outdoor or indoor applications like exterior wall cladding, partition walls, or false ceiling boards, you can check out EcoPro’s fibre cement products. We offer a multitude of customized fibre cement solutions for your home. To know more give us a call on +91-2026458888 or drop a mail on info@ecopro.co.in.

Stains on fibre cement board

Why Stains Are Perfect For Colouring Your Wooden Furniture?

The real joy of buying wooden furniture is that you get to uplift your home décor by adding natural beauty to it. Modern solutions like steel-based designs or glass panels may add a little sophistication to your place, but a wooden piece brings a whole different charm and elegance. Adding colour to your wooden furniture makes it more aesthetically appealing, enhancing the natural beauty even further. But this only works if the natural beauty of the wood is preserved and not concealed by the colour added to it.

Wooden Stains- Colours that don’t hide the natural beauty of wood

A stain is a combination of coloured dyes and pigments suspended in solvent like alcohol.

Unlike conventional paints, stain gets absorbed into the wooden fibres rather than just coating on it. This way, stain enhances the natural grain of the wooden surface along with adding colour to it. Just like the way pen ink gets absorbed on a piece of paper! Stains don’t conceal the natural beauty of wood and even more, they help in protecting the wood from environmental damages.

Stains for Fibre-cement boards

Fibre cement boards are a great low-cost alternative for wooden pieces. It is made by reinforcing natural fibres with cement. This makes it a strong and long-lasting material for any decorative or functional application like false ceiling boards. EcoPro is one of the leading manufacturers of customized fibre cement boards, offering high quality products for a variety of applications.

Advantages of using EcoPro fibre-cement:

  1. Increased longevity (compared to regular décor material)
  2. Termite and water resistant
  3. Cheaper than wood
  4. Eco-friendly
  5. Fire resistance
  6. Sound-absorbing panels

EcoPro boards are manufactured from a homogeneous mixture of cement, pozolana, superior grade of cellulose fibre and binders of a siliceous base. Therefore, stains work perfectly on fibre cement boards, making them the most superior alternative for wooden boards, wooden furniture and wooden décor, as they offer the strength of cement and the perfect elegance of wood.

Also Read: Interior Wall Paneling Ideas to Add Character to Your Rooms

Benefits of using stains on wooden or Fibre-cement boards:

Wooden or fibre cement boards are used for a variety of applications like fencing, partition wall and outdoor decks, apart from decorative purposes. Stains offer a multitude of benefits over conventional paint, as it helps in both protecting the board from environmental harms and enhancing its aesthetic appeal.

Here are the benefits of using stains:

  1. Protection against rotting
  2. Protection from sunlight or moisture
  3. 100% Eco-friendly
  4. No toxic smells
  5. Does not chip off like paint (For long periods)
  6. Does not require primer to be applied before
  7. Enhances the natural appeal of wood rather than concealing it
  8. Cheaper and easier to apply than paint

Different types of stains

Apart from the various shades and colours, there are various types of stains available in the market. These stains work differently on surfaces and provide a different colouring as well.

  1. Oil-based stains:These are the most commonly used stains as they are made using linseed oil as the binder, which is easy to apply and dry off. These are commonly used for false ceiling for hall, fences or decks made from fibre-cement boards.
  2. Varnish stains:
    Varnish stains are similar to oil stains in application but use a varnish as a binder. They are much easy to dry off than oil stains as there is no need to remove any excess coating.
  3. Water-based stains:
    These stains use water as the binder instead of any organic compounds or thinner. Due to this, water-bases stains cause less pollution, irritation and are much easier to clean up.
  4. Gel stains:
    Gel stains are very thick in appearance as compared to other stains and are oil-based in nature. Even though they are messy to handle, gel stains eliminate the problem of blotching (uneven density of colour throughout the surface), which is very common while applying colour to wooden surfaces.
  5. Lacquer stains:
    These stains are the most fast-acting stains of all as it dries off in about 15 minutes. Lacquer stains use oil or varnish as a binder, and are added to lacquer to make a toner for adjusting the colour between coats of finishes.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly low-cost alternative to wooden solutions for your outdoor or indoor applications like exterior wall cladding, false ceilings or partition walls, you check out EcoPro’s fibre-cement products. These products come in both conventional paint and stain finishes.

Prefabricated Houses using fibre cement boards

Set up A Quick & Eco-Friendly Fibre Cement House With EcoPro

A trip to IKEA would give you an idea about how you can buy a product disassembled into parts and take them home, only to assemble them back into the actual product, all by yourself. What if you could buy a house from a store and assemble the parts on your plot – just like you do with Lego? Well, with pre-fabricated homes becoming popular, this idea is already a reality to a great degree.

In today’s competitive times when buyers and builders are both stressing on timely delivery, prefabricated homes are preferred for their quick and clean setup. For builders, this means faster completion of projects and more profits. For buyers, it means faster investment in property and in case of renting – faster ROI. Thus, time plays a crucial role for both parties.

EcoPro Fibre cement sheet is a pre-fab alternative to brick and mortar construction. The material is so versatile, it can be used for walls, mezzanines floors, furniture, roofs, shelves, windows, doors, and window & door frames, exterior wall cladding, etc. Fibre cement sheets can be used to build homes quickly and cost-effectively, especially as traditional construction costs continue to rise. As the cost of borrowing is steep and developers are facing a liquidity crunch, time translates to money.

Setting up an Eco-friendly Fibre cement house

The process of setting up a Fibre cement construction is way simpler and quicker than the brick and mortar process. Typically, an architecture software can be used to design the virtual rendition of the house. The Fibre cement boards and planks are then brought to the construction site and the structure is simply assembled on-site. A metal grid frame is first installed on which Fibre cement planks are fastened to the groove, (usually horizontally for a wall structure) with self-fastening screws. A similar process is followed for mezzanine floorings, partition wall, bathrooms, doors, wall claddings, and ceilings as well. These boards can later be painted with contact primer or water-based acrylic. For a more natural texture, EcoPro Fibre cement boards come pre-painted with a unique technology called “stains” wherein there is no need to paint the walls except with a protective coating material if required. The walls with ‘stains’ retain the beautiful grainy texture of a Fibre cement board.

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Is it economical?

Although prefabricated materials such as Fibre cement boards can get 15-20% expensive than the traditional ones, higher efficiency and less wastage and labor costs can bring down the overall cost substantially for large buildings. The use of ready-made panels also eliminates the need for auxiliary activities such as plastering, slots for electrical wiring, and plumbing as these are done at the casting stage itself.

Prefab material also gives flexibility in terms of expansion and modifications with independent blocks that can be added or removed. Office and commercial buildings have been using EcoPro Fibre cement wall panels, false ceiling board, plasterboard and flooring systems to create interiors of offices and other places such as hospitals.

EcoPro fibre cement boards are built to support an entire structure on their own. However, a hybrid construction with brick & mortar can yield even stronger and better lasting results. If you are looking for features such as easy installation & removal, unparalleled style quotient, reduced labor costs and higher durability, then enquire now at info@ecopro.co.in.