ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- Rollex Corporation has introduced the home building and remodeling industry's first fabricated insulated steel siding panel, effectively adding a product that combines durability and energy efficiency to its lineup of steel and aluminum products for residential and light commercial construction.
The manufacturer's new "Thermal-Pro" Insulated Steel Siding panel is made from 29-gauge galvanized steel with a 4-mil thick PVC finish and an insulating backer of solid, expanded polystyrene (EPS) securely laminated to the steel panel.
"Thermal-Pro is a feature-packed siding for contractors whose customers and prospects are interested in low maintenance, superior hail resistance, and energy savings," Rollex states. "It allows contractors to offer a premium siding with tangible features and benefits that puts them a step ahead of competitors who rely on basic-grade materials or a one-product-fits-all approach."
The siding's EPS insulation is specifically designed to allow water vapor to escape from inside the house -- important for mold prevention -- while its closed-cell structure saves energy by resisting heat loss through wood framing members that connect the inside and outside walls -- referred to as "thermal bridging." The EPS retains very little moisture and does not physically degrade if exposed to water.
Thermal-Pro siding comes in three profiles, with R-values (a standard measure of insulating ability) ranging from 2.20 to 2.63. Double 4" horizontal siding, a narrow style suited to traditional houses, has an R-value of 2.20. Double 5" horizontal siding, suited to larger houses, has an R-value of 2.39. The double 5" Dutch lap profile, with a distinctive beveled groove for a sense of depth, has an R-value of 2.63. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating ability.
By comparison, fiber cement has an R-value of 0.59, standard vinyl siding an R-value of 0.62, and wood an R-value of 0.81, while brick and mortar offers an R-value of 0.11, according to the 2009 ASHRAE Handbook, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.
This unprecedented new siding is offered in six colors: Clay, Cobblestone, Heather, Norwegian Wood, Sandcastle, and Snowmist.
Rollex cites the following advantages of Thermal-Pro insulated steel siding versus other materials:
* It's installed in the same manner as insulated vinyl or non-insulated steel siding.
* Installers don't need protection from the lung-damaging airborne silica dust that may be released when fiber cement boards are cut.
* Steel siding won't buckle or become brittle and crack like vinyl or chip like fiber cement.
* Prefinished steel siding eliminates the surface preparation, priming, and painting of wood and unfinished fiber cement planks and the subsequent repainting cycles, including repainting of pre-finished fiber cement siding.
* Thermal-Pro's seams don't require caulking like the joints between fiber cement boards.
The product is covered by a lifetime limited warranty that's transferable by the original property owner.
Rollex states that Thermal-Pro Insulated Steel Siding's total installed cost is comparable to fiber cement or premium insulated vinyl siding.
Founded in 1951, Rollex is one of the oldest and most trusted manufacturers of metal products for residential and commercial construction. Rollex manufactures aluminum soffit, fascia, and accessories; steel and aluminum siding; aluminum rainware systems; and aluminum specialty products. The company introduced the world's first modular, pre-finished soffit system in 1959. Rollex is committed to "Building Excellence" and is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., a Chicago suburb, where it fabricates and warehouses its products in its own facilities.
For product sales and information, contact Rollex Corporation, Marketing Department, 800 Chase Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; phone (800) 251-3300; fax (800) 521-8965; email: email@example.com; website: www.rollex.com.