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Cemsix protect the grain

Tuesday 18th of March 2014

Cemsix protect the grain

The recent refurbishment of a seven bay grain store on Mere Farm, Lincolnshire, has seen asbestos cement sheeting replaced with a high-quality roofing material from Cembrit. Cembrit’s Cemsix, in natural grey, was chosen for the 4000m² building and delivers a robust and weatherproof solution to protect the stored crop.

Mere Farm, owned by Patrick Dean Ltd, is a mainly arable farm, but also has a large pig unit. Located near the  village of Waddington, Lincolnshire, the farm has seven linked grain storage buildings. The buildings are approximately sixty years old and a refurbishment was needed, to replace the original asbestos cement roof. Cembrit’s Cemsix was a good replacement, as the fibre cement sheets were the identical profile to the old asbestos sheeting (6" profile). Cemsix also incorporates integral polypropylene reinforcing strips making it a safer sheet for installers to use.

The installation of the new roofing sheets was not an easy task. There were several obstacles including; different roof pitches, towers requiring cladding and several valley gutters to negotiate. The multi bay roofs incorporated two large "wendy houses" containing a batch drier and elevator head gear approximately 70' to the apex. 

Engineering company, K.W. Timmins & sons, based in Lincoln, were in charge of the refurbishment at Mere Farm, and supplied Cembrit’s Cemsix. “We chose Cemsix because it is a first-class material and the perfect replacement for the old roof,” says Edward Timmins, from KW Timmins & Sons.

On this project, the existing steel structure could be retained and the Cemsix non-asbestos formulation is equally as porous as the original material so provides protection from moisture condensation as well as being rust and rot proof. “I expect the roof will now last another sixty years, said Edward.”

Cemsix is ideal for agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings. It is robust, practical and requires no maintenance to preserve its strength. The durable and weatherproof sheets are not affected by destructive fungi, vermin or insects, so will not rot or decay; and are available in natural grey, matt black or matt green and ten attractive coated colour options.

Offered in a standard imperial 6 inch profile it is strengthened with strategically placed polypropylene reinforcement strips. These are incorporated within the fibre-cement sheet to comply with BS and H&S requirements for site safety and fragility. 

Cemsix also conforms to the necessary fire safety requirements being a Class 0 surfaced material with an EXT.S.AA rating. Available in a variety of sheet lengths, the Cemsix range also offers a wide range of corrugated sheet accessories including ventilation to satisfy any roof design.

Cemsix has full BBA certification: 03/4049 and a warranty is available on request.

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