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MARLEY ETERNIT’S Cedral Weatherboard Clads Historic Windmill

Marley Eternit has supplied Cedral Weatherboard as part of the re-building of a 194-year-old windmill in Sheerness, Kent, that was destroyed by fire in January 2008.

The Grade II listed mill was set alight in an arson attack, which ruined two years’ refurbishment work carried out by CJ Builders – a local, family-run firm that owns the historic landmark.

Cedral Weatherboard, which has a class 0 fire performance, was chosen in white because it replicated the original timber material, and provided the building with enhanced fire performance.

Marley Eternit’s Cedral Weatherboard was fitted horizontally in a ship lap effect around the smock of the windmill, which is designed with a curve on one side. As Cedral Weatherboard is a fibre-cement material, unlike its timber counterpart it does not warp or shrink over time, and this made it an ideal cladding material for this complex shape.

The weatherboard is designed to offer the same natural visual appeal as timber by featuring a subtly textured surface.

Cedral Weatherboard helped create a sympathetic restoration of the building, which has once again become a picturesque landmark in the small town of Sheerness, located on the Isle of Sheppey.

Caleb Watson, manager of CJ Builders, said: “The windmill was initially bought by my father 25 years ago and it is a family treasure as well as a traditional landmark in Sheerness. After the blaze, we were very careful to choose materials for the refurbishment that offered enhanced levels of fire performance.”

“We also used Cedral Weatherboard because it was a cost-effective alternative to timber, and is also insect proof, which increases its longevity and protects the structure from pest damage, such as woodworm. It looks great, too, and has recaptured the original look of the windmill beautifully.”

The fibre-cement cladding was fitted above a brick base and below the cap which tops the windmill. The structure of the re-built wall comprises a steel frame, PIR insulation, internal plasterboard, timber battens, a layer of breathable felt, more battens and then Cedral Weatherboard. This ensures that the weatherboard acts as an effective rainscreen façade as well as the complete wall construction providing high levels of thermally efficiency.

Marley Eternit’s Cedral Weatherboard is available in a range of 22 factory applied solid colours and six woodstains. This is complemented with a bespoke colour service, allowing customers to choose from any factory-approved BS colour, subject to minimum order quantities.


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