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[Homasote] A brand name for a series of structural composition boards made from 100% recycled cellulosic material (wood and recycled newspapers). Homasote® boards were first sold commercially in 1909. Originally the boards were may with high-density wood fibers, then in 1916 the process was converted to using recycled newspapers mixed with waxes, oils, and other weatherproofing elements. Currently, the cellulose fibers are impregnated with a flame retardant chemical and treated for protection against termites, rot, and fungi, then compressed into a high-density board. Homasote® provides structural strength, sound-deadening, weather resistance and temperature insulation. It is available in boards of 1/2" and 5/8" thickness and contains no asbestos or urea formaldehyde resins. Homasote® is used for construction of walls, floors, and roofs.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Homosote (sp)

Additional Information

° Homasote: Website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995

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