U.S. manufacturer launches first new siding category in 20 years
Microposite siding’s microsphere technology gives the product the strength to resist temperature shifts, buckling, and warping, according to the manufacturer. Microposite offers an R-value rating 3.5 times greater than fiber cement, yet is 50 percent lighter.
In addition, the siding does not require any special installation tools and creates no harmful dust when cut.
Microposite’s closed-cell technology delivers 100 percent water resistance, eliminating concerns about decay or rotting. The boards are available in four widths, provide more prominent shadow lines, and feature no-repeat grain patterns to replicate the look of real wood. Microposite states that the siding has undergone independent testing for areas such as wind load, moisture, and fire; the manufacturer is currently working through the process for International Code Council (ICC) testing.
“We’ve already received overwhelmingly positive response and interest in this new category of siding, reinforcing our belief that when applied intelligently, technology can be a beautiful thing,” states Microposite president and C.E.O. Marc Carlson. The siding has already been specified into a multithousand housing-development project in the United States.
Microposite’s siding products will be competitively priced and distributed exclusively by building-product supplier BlueLinx Holdings. The product will be available beginning in the second half of 2008 in select markets, starting in the Northeast region. Microposite, Auburn Hills, Mich. www.microposite.com
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