Hardibacker cement board with MOLDBLOCK protection passes both industry standard mold tests, ASTM G21 (mold resistance) and ASTM D3273 (mold growth), with a perfect score, the maker says. Its proprietary cement formula resists rotting, swelling, and deterioration when exposed to water, and is recommended for use in shower areas by the American National Standards Institute. Hardibacker is available in ¼- and ½-inch thicknesses. 800.942.7343. www.jameshardie.com.
Hi-Abuse XP wallboard panels feature a fire-resistant gypsum core encased in abrasion-, mold-, and mildew-resistant recycled paper on the face side and mold- and mildew-resistant liner paper on the back side. The panels score and snap easily for quick installation and don't require special handling, the maker claims. 704.365.7300. www.nationalgypsum.com.
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Wonderboard cement backerboard with new pre-printed, dotted grid pattern is now easier for tile installers to use. According to the company's installation specifications, the dots are placed at 6- to 8-inch intervals and serve as a guide for fastener placement. The backer-board, which features a glass mesh laminate, comes in ¼- and ½-inch thicknesses. 800.272.8786. www.custombuildingproducts.com.
GreenGuard Fanfold underlayment stays flat to provide a solid, level base for new siding. The fanfold design allows for easier installation and resists cracking, denting, and tearing, the maker says. One side is printed with grid lines for alignment and cutting. The underlayment is designed to resist moisture and humidity, and it can reduce air infiltration into the wall cavity. 800.241.4402. www.green-guard.com.
Protecta AR 100 abuse-resistant drywall features a fiberglass-enhanced, high density non-combustible gypsum core with a reinforced heavy facing paper that guards against impact, indentation, and surface abrasion, the company says. The panels cut and snap like standard drywall and are easy to install. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.
For more product information, visit ebuild, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog, at www.ebuild.com.