ROSWELL, GA -- Boral Composites Inc. added three new beadboard profiles to its line of Boral TruExterior® Beadboard: a 4-inch, a double-4, and a double-6. The new options, which join an existing 6-inch beadboard, are made with the company's poly-ash material, which addresses both the moisture- and movement-related issues commonly seen with other exterior materials, creating a balance of performance and aesthetics that cannot be found with other manmade alternatives.
The 4-inch beadboard features beads that are closer together, better aligning with the popular beaded pattern found in traditional wooden offerings. The new double-4-inch and double-6-inch beadboard profiles boast the same appearance as their single-profile counterparts, but with twice the coverage area to dramatically reduce installation time.
Manufactured with a blend of proprietary polymers and fly ash, Boral TruExterior Beadboard avoids the problems that plague wood, such as rotting, cupping and twisting. It is low maintenance, dimensionally stable and resistant to moisture, cracking or splitting, and termites. At the same time, the material's workability exceeds that of wood and, unlike most exterior products, it can be used in moisture-prone areas and does not require edge-sealing.
The product's dimensional stability provides additional time savings for soffits: The beadboard can be installed 24 inches on center with no support backing and it can run parallel to the house, eliminating the need to cut and fasten endless short pieces perpendicularly, which is often required with PVC materials.
"Boral TruExterior Beadboard is ideal for porch ceilings, soffits and other decorative applications, providing a beautiful finished aesthetic without concern about long-term durability," said Tom Zimmerman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Boral's Light Building Products Division. "With the addition of the double profiles, we're further enhancing the products' value by reducing trips up and down the ladder, eliminating cuts and adding other installation savings."
Each of the four beadboard profiles measures 5/8 inch thick and comes in 16-foot lengths; at double the length, the boards equate to fewer seams than if 4x8 wood sheets were used.