02 May 2017

Why use profiled sheeting for agricultural buildings?

Fibre cement profiled sheeting is built to last, is economical, and minimises condensation. These properties, among other benefits, make it highly suitable for farm buildings.

Minimising condensation for animal welfare

Air circulation is very important in cattle buildings as the livestock produce a lot of heat and moisture. With steel sheeting, warm, moist air condenses on the underside of a roof before dripping onto livestock and bedding, especially in cool weather.

In contrast, our Profile 6 fibre cement sheeting has the ability to absorb up to 25% of its weight in moisture before dissipating it in drier, warmer conditions.

Ventilation for airflow and livestock health

We offer a wide range of ventilation systems that are used with profiled fibre cement sheeting to allow stale, moisture-laden air to escape.

An open protected ridge at the roof apex is the type of ventilation recommended for most animal sheds. This allows up to three times more air to escape than with ventilating cranked crowns. Any wind blowing up the roof slope is diverted away from the vent by the vertical flashings. This prevents wind from blowing straight into the vent, which can disrupt airflow, and also creates a vacuum, helping to draw air out of the building.

At Higher West Town farm, in the video below, the open protected ridge is is coupled with an open-sided shed design. This keeps the space very well ventilated and lets hot air out, helping to prevent pneumonia in the cattle.

At Shilstone Farm, a new animal shed was designed and built with a steeper 22° pitch on one side of the roof. In this fairly enclosed design, hot air rises more quickly on the steeper side, drawing cooler air in and getting the air flowing. The temperature is cooler than in steel-roofed animal sheds elsewhere on the farm, making for a healthier environment and noticeably higher milk production in the cows that are housed here.

We also offer technical guidance on getting ventilation right in agricultural buildings.

Minimising noise for animal comfort

The semi-compressed design of our fibre cement profile sheeting also has excellent thermal and acoustic properties, which is a benefit for roofs buildings exposed to the elements. Reverberation and subsequent animal distress to a minimum. Reducing corrosion

Fibre cement provides a highly cost effective roofing solution over the longer term, as it does not contain any metallic elements. This makes it perfect for withstanding the most extreme weather conditions and also for environments such as livestock buildings where animals’ slightly acidic breath can leading to rapid corrosion of steel roof sheets.

Planning consent for profiled sheeting roofs

Our sheeting is designed to blend in with any landscape. We have a wide range of colour and design options that will sit neatly alongside existing structures, or alternatively blend into the surrounding countryside. We also have an experienced knowledgeable team that can help support you through that all-important planning process.

Farmscape is an economically priced fibre cement sheeting for agricultural buildings that have to blend with the landscape.

Environmental credentials

We hold BES 6001 accreditation for responsible sourcing giving you assurance that you are making a sustainable choice when selecting Marley Eternit products. Our products can achieve up to an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide, which assists in planning applications.

View our range of profiled sheeting to find out more.

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