[Homasote] A brand name for a series of structural composition boards made from 100% recycled cellulosic material (Wood and recycled newspapers). Homasote® boards were originally the boards made 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 wax, a Flame retardant and a Biocide 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. The company makes a wide variety of products used for insulation, sound barriers, wall partitions, tackboards as well as those used for construction of walls, floors, and roofs.
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- Homasote®: Website
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