Tile Backer eliminates need for separate moisture barrier.

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Suited for residential and commercial applications, GlasRoc® Tile Backer provides moisture- and mold-resistance for walls, ceilings, and countertops in wet as well as non-wet installations. Embedded Glass Reinforced Gypsum technology combines reinforcing glass mats, fully-embedded into water-resistant gypsum core, and gray textured acrylic coating on surface. Able to be scored and cut with standard utility knife, product provides flat and uniform substrate that resists delamination.

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CertainTeed Gypsum Introduces GlasRoc® Tile Backer Using Patented Embedded Glass Reinforced Gypsum(TM) Technology

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Jan. 30 -- With the introduction of GlasRoc(R) Tile Backer by CertainTeed Gypsum, building professionals can protect walls, ceilings and countertops in high-moisture areas with the highest level of mold-resistance for residential and commercial applications.

GlasRoc Tile Backer features Embedded Glass Reinforced Gypsum (EGRG(TM)) technology which combines reinforcing glass mats, fully-embedded into a water-resistant gypsum core and a gray textured acrylic coating on the surface. The coated surface results in superior adhesion of latex-modified thin-set mortars for tile installations.

Suitable for both residential and commercial applications, GlasRoc Tile Backer can be used in bathrooms, kitchen counters and other high-moisture interior areas, and is suitable for both wet and non-wet installations.

"The growing awareness of the life cycle cost of mold and moisture damage has shifted demand toward newer technology solutions," says Ashwin Himat, Director of Marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum. "GlasRoc Tile Backer combines innovative, fully-embedded glass mats for moisture and mold resistance with easy installation and a lower installed cost than traditional cement board tile backers."

With superior moisture-blocking capabilities, GlasRoc Tile Backer eliminates the need for the separate moisture barrier required for conventional cement boards. It provides a flat and uniform substrate that resists delamination and is significantly lighter than conventional cement board and can be scored and cut with a standard utility knife.

GlasRoc Tile Backer conforms to ASTM C 1178, which is recognized by the Tile Council of North America. The product yields the highest level of mold resistance -- a score of 10 -- when tested in accordance with ASTM D 3273, is UL classified for fire resistance for use in fire rated designs and features a limited, lifetime warranty for residential applications, and a limited 20-year warranty for commercial applications.

CertainTeed Gypsum operates its manufacturing facilities with a responsible and environmentally conscious ethic that includes land reclamation, preservation of natural resources and recycling. CertainTeed's product offerings can contribute to LEED(R) credits for use in green building design projects.

CertainTeed Gypsum offers a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs. This, in combination with the full range of CertainTeed building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.

About CertainTeed

Through innovation and creative product design, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm made its slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," which quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed(R) is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2008 the group had total sales of more than $3 billion. www.certainteed.com.

For more information contact:
Michael B. Loughery, CertainTeed
(610) 341-7328

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