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Cement sheeting and asbestos

Asbestos cement sheeting can feel hard and brittle. Asbestos cement sheeting is white to grey in colour. It is usually flat and smooth, and may be painted or have dimples like a golf ball on one side.

Cement sheeting was made of asbestos fibres and cement mix. The cement mix locked in the asbestos fibres.

Flat sheet fibro was the most common asbestos cement sheeting. It was nailed to a wooden frame for quick and cheap construction and may have been painted over.

Asbestos fibres in cement sheeting don’t tend to move if the sheeting is in a complete piece and is not cut or drilled.

Asbestos cement sheet products include Coverline, Hardiflex, Harditherm, Highline, Shadowline, and Villaboard as well as:

  • Colorbord - smooth-surfaced sheeting used for interiors and exteriors, coloured on one side.
  • Hardiplank – looks like weatherboard and common in single and medium-density homes for alterations and additions.
  • Standard surface compressed sheet - either had a smooth surface on both sides or a non-skid patterned surface on one side.
  • Tilux - coloured, patterned and waterproof, this sheeting was used in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.
  • Versilux - fibro sheeting often used to line internal walls and ceilings in laundries, kitchens and high-traffic areas. Often used by builders in residential and commercial buildings.

Where was it used

Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Community infrastructure and spaces, Agricultural & horticultural


Ceiling and ceiling spaces, Laundry, Bathroom, Floors and floor coverings, Plumbing and drainage, Plant and machinery, Garage, sheds and dog kennels, Fences, Roofs and eaves, Garden and backyard

Known uses

External cladding of walls and eaves and internal lining of walls and ceilings. Cement sheeting was also used in domestic, agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings like:

  • houses
  • sheds
  • garages
  • chook sheds
  • extensions or additions
  • window sills
  • stair treads
  • balustrades
  • curtain wall infills
  • toilet partitions
  • bathroom floors
  • suspended decks
  • sun louvres
  • laboratory bench tops
  • formwork.

Also known as

AC sheet, Fibre cement sheet, Fibro


Asbestos cement sheeting is white to grey in colour. It is usually flat and smooth and may be painted or have dimples like a golf ball on one side.

The Tilux product may have silver screws holding it in place, or nail heads sitting on top of the sheet.

The joins between sheets may be covered with moulded asbestos cement battens (40mm x 6mm or 75mm x 8mm), wooden ‘D’ mould strips or silver metal strips.

Asbestos cement sheeting can feel hard and brittle. Non-Friable cement sheeting can also become friable if it’s disturbed or damaged by machining or tools.

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Asbestos cement sheeting as vinyl splashback
Underside of asbestos cement cladding inside garage
Galvanised shear point nails fix asbestos sheeting to the wall. The nail tip has no point and the nail head is flat. Nails were punched into the asbestos cement sheeting to avoid splitting. Nails stand slightly above sheeting surface.
Close-up of asbestos cement sheeting with corner moulding. The nail’s galvanised shear point is showing slightly proud of the surface.
Asbestos cement sheet cladding on exterior walls and eaves
Well-maintained Tilux sheeting used as a kitchen splashback
Tilux asbestos cement sheeting on the outside of outhouse/outside toilet
The Tilux in this bathroom is dangerous because the outer sealed layer has been cleaned off, creating fine dust that would contain asbestos
Hardiplank asbestos cement sheet – with woodgrain
Asbestos-containing fibro wall lining and window and timber ‘D’ mould cover strips
Tilux sheeting used as a kitchen splashback. The silver metal cover strips, visible in this photo, indicate the material is Tilux.