Last month at the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Progressive Foam released our new “Premium Series” of siding insulation products made of Neopor by BASF, the world’s largest chemical company. Whether you’re familiar with Neopor or this is the first time you’re hearing about it, there are some interesting details about this exciting insulation material that you may not be aware of:
First, What is Neopor?
Neopor® is a material patented and manufactured by BASF. Composed of small black beads of polystyrene granules containing a blowing agent, which makes it expandable, these black beads are manufactured into insulation products by BASF’s customers, like Progressive Foam.
What Makes Neopor Different?
Neopor® gives our Premium Series products their super-efficiency and that dark gray color. The crucial difference in Neopor® is that BASF integrates high-purity graphite particles within the bead cell structure. This graphite reflects radiant heat and significantly improves insulation capability, providing up to 20% greater r-value than traditional white EPS of the same thickness.
What is the History of Neopor?
BASF invented and patented EPS technology in 1950, forever changing the insulation landscape. Today’s game changer is Neopor. Although Neopor is relatively new to the United States, it has been used extensively in the Europe since BASF patented the material in 1995. Neopor is used in many different insulation applications, including EIFS, SIPS panels, and now, siding insulation by Progressive Foam.
What Products Are in Our Premium Series?
We are pleased to say that all of the siding insulation products we offer in traditional white EPS are now also available in Neopor! In addition, we also offer a fanfold product in Neopor, listed below.
FullbackV Premium- Siding Insulation for Vinyl
FullbackFC Premium- Siding Insulation for Fiber Cement
Linebacker Premium- Siding Insulation for use with fiber cement & composite wood
HalfbackH20 Premium Universal siding Insulation
ProFold Premium Universal Siding Insulation