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+1. What is MAXITILE® Fiber-Cement Roofing made of and is it new technology?

MAXITILE® Fiber-Cement is approximately 90% sand and cement, 7% natural fibrous material, and 3%+/- inert fillers (such as diatomaceous earth). Fiber-Cement products have been manufactured worldwide since the early 1900’s. Asbestos-free fiber-cement technology was introduced to the US market in the 1980s.

+2. Does it contain asbestos or chemical binders?

No. Asbestos in fiber cement was replaced by natural and synthetic fibers now used in manufacture. Chemical binders are not added because product binding occurs in the layout matrix of the fibers. The products are naturally cured in an autoclave, giving great strength, durability and painting properties. The products are also free of fiberglass and formaldehyde.

+3. How is it made?

To over-simplify the process: Raw materials are mixed together with water to create a slurry or wet mix. The slurry is picked up in several thin layers unto a collection roller until the desired thickness is achieved. The roller has a profiled sleeve that transfers the texture to the product. It is then cut with water jets to proper dimensions. After this it is pre-cured and then autoclaved, (which is a high pressure, high temperature steam oven), palletized, wrapped and shipped.

+4. What roofing sizes are available?

SHAKELITE: Dimensions: 48” L x 16” W x ¼” T
SLATELITE: Dimensions: 48” L x 16” W x ¼” T
P10 barrel tile: Dimensions: 36” L x 24” W x ¼” T (4 barrels per panel)
+5. What is the bending strength of fiber-cement?

Typical: Longitudinal Avg.: 2500 p.s.i. Transversal Avg.: 1850 p.s.i.
Saturated: Longitudinal Min.: 1207 p.s.i. Transversal Min.: 852 p.s.i.
+6. What are the fire characteristics of fiber-cement?

ASTM E-136: Results; Non-combustible and ASTM E-84: Results; 0 Flame Spread, 0 Fuel Contribution

+7. How should it be stored?

Fiber-Cement must be stacked flat, covered and kept as dry as possible prior to installation.

+8. Does moisture negatively affect fiber-cement?

No. Approx. 8-13% is the equilibrium moisture content for fiber-cement. However, installing wet or saturated material may result in shrinkage and is not recommended.

+9. What happens when fiber-cement absorbs water?

Only once and in a pre-painted state or loose state, fiber-cement can saturate and grow, when it dries it will return to it’s original dimension. When saturated it can lose strength and should be handled carefully, carried on edge, and stacked flat. After it dries it regains 100% of its original strength. The product should not be installed wet.

+10. How does it perform in salt spray or high-wind applications?

Salt spray does not damage fiber cement. Fiber-cement siding has been tested to perform in hurricane force winds.

+11. Does fiber cement resist wood-boring insects?

It is impervious to termites, carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other pests.

+12. Will it rot, warp, split, or twist?

No. It is resistant to moisture, hurricane force winds and daily impact.

+13. How is MAXITILE roofing installed?

Fiber-cement roofing can be installed easily and quickly. Please refer to our installation manuals for specific directions.

+14. What fasteners do I need to install this product?

Nails must be corrosion-resistant, preferably hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel for best results, in accordance with to local building codes. MAXITILE is not responsible for corrosion resistance of fasteners. MAXITILE products can be hand nailed using a smooth-faced hammer, or a pneumatic nail gun (Never use a waffle hammer). In hand nailing, first pre-drill the holes to avoid accidental breakage of roofing product. Always drive fasteners perpendicular to roofing and solid deck. Do not over drive or under drive fasteners heads and never drive fastener at an angle. Fastener head must be flush on the surface of the product (no air space). If fastener is countersunk, patch fastener hole and add a fastener for roofing. Repair nail-sizes holes by filling with adhesive. Staples are not allowed.

+15. How do I handle fiber-cement?

Fiber-cement should be carried on edge and if carrying several panels at a time, they should be on edge supported at both ends. Panels should be lifted at the sides and not by the corners.

+16. How much heavier is this compared to other roofing materials?

MAXITILE Roofing materials are engineered as a lightweight roofing material. SHAKELITE and SLATELITE weigh 4.5-5.3 lbs / ft² and P10 weighs 3.7 lbs / ft². Our advanced lightweight panelized system offers direct to roof deck installation.

+17. What is recommended for cutting fiber-cement?

MAXITILE recommends that all cutting of products be performed outdoors. Use mechanical ventilation when possible. For irregular cuts and holes use jig saw or holes saw with masonry blade. Special round openings can be made by drilling several holes around circumference of the desired opening and tapping out center. For score-and-snap cutting, use carbide tipped scoring tool or a sharp knife.

+18. How many styles of roofing do you sell?

We offer P7, P10, SHAKELITE and SLATELITE pieces and panels. For more information, please visit the appropriate product pages.

+19. Can it be finished while it is wet?

To a point, it should be dry to the touch. Fiber-cement siding should dry sufficiently after 2+/- days of free air movement and dry conditions.

+20. Are any accessories recommended for use with fiber-cement siding?

Yes, roofing accessories 4 ½ screws and washers, 1 5/8 screws and washers, wind clips, metal bird stop and Universal trim tile.

+21. How is MAXITILE Roof Tile differentiated in the market?

By Strength and Durability: It will resist termites, cracking, rotting and fire and can withstand hurricane force winds up to 190mph.

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