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Homasote Manufactures Alternative, ‘Green’ Sheathing

At a time when the housing industry is still reeling from hefty price increases for oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood, even though prices have stabilized and appear to be ready to head down, structural Homasote® board is an alternative material that builders might want to consider.

Based in Trenton, NJ, Homasote Company processes hundreds of tons of post consumer waste paper each workday into structural building products that architects, engineers, designers, specifiers, builders and equipment manufacturers rely on for sound control, insulation, flooring, roofing, interior design, tackability, concrete forming and packaging, the manufacturer says.

The first Homasote® board was produced in 1909. Homasote® was originally used for the roofs of train cars and automobiles and later for military housing during World War I and World War II.

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The company describes its 440 SoundBarrier sheathing as “an economical, lightweight, structural, recycled, nailable, mold- and mildew-resistant, sound-deadening panel. It has twice the insulating value of wood and weighs nearly 85% less than lightweight concrete and reduces sound under all finished floors, including hardwood, laminate and other sound-projecting surfaces.”

For further information on the company’s products, click here.

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