Farmers around the country are turning to fibre cement roofing for new sheds as steel prices continue to rise, manufacturers have told the Irish Farmers Journal.
Fibre cement currently costs €9.55/m while steel costs €10.55/m and the gap between the two is set to widen further, Michael Brislane from Euronit said.
“Luckily, we had a good bit of material bought in and kept the price of steel sheeting down in recent months.
On 1 May though, our steel prices are set to jump by 24%.
“Steel is generally first choice as it’s easier to put on and doesn’t require as much skill.
Piggeries are being built as well but the dairy lads are driving on strong, with high-quality sheds popping up all over the country
“Fibre cement is becoming more and more popular in recent years.
“It’s ideal for the milking parlour as it reduces noise and condensation.”
Brislane said that dairy continues to drive demand on the buildings front making up the majority of Euronit’s sales.
“Piggeries are being built as well but the dairy lads are driving on strong, with high-quality sheds popping up all over the country.”
Michael O’Kelly from Cembrit Ireland Ltd told the Irish Farmers Journal that he has noticed more and more farmers choosing fibre cement as a steel alternative.
“Fibre cement price has remained the same and is the cheaper option. Cement doesn’t rust and there’s no condensation as opposed to steel, so there are plenty of reasons why farmers are considering it,” he said.