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  PINnacle Tackboard Delivers Superior Aesthetic Qualities

Architects, specifiers and designers around the world have relied on Homasote® panels and their fabric-wrapped or cork-laminated sister products as tackboards of choice for decades.

Homasote’s PINnacle™ is an elegant panel that marries pure tackability with a rich new, natural and easily touched-up sanded surface.Coupling Homasote’s unique environmental pedigree, including up to 98 percent post-consumer content, with the product’s famed tack-retention and healing capabilities have helped to make it a standout tackboard.

Today, 93 years after Homasote board first was produced, the New Jersey-based company has introduced a new elegant panel called PINnacle™ that marries pure tackability with a rich new, natural and easily touched-up sanded surface.

For interior finish and protected exterior applications, new museum-grade PINnacle is available in standard 440 or Class A-rated PINnacle™ N.C.F.R.®.

As America’s oldest manufacturer of building products made from recycled materials, Homasote Company has been a committed, responsible recycler and environmental manufacturer since the first boards rolled off the production line in 1909 to become the roofs of railroad cars, and later Model T Ford automobiles.

Years before Earth Day was first celebrated, and decades before recycling was mandated, Homasote Company was diverting hundreds of tons of newsprint from the waste stream each production day to turn it into molded Homasote board.

As voluntary and mandated green building initiatives now sweep the country, spearheaded by organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED™ program, the entire line of Homasote-based products — from sound control for floors and walls to nailbase roofing insulation — is becoming even more important to architects, specifiers, designers and engineers.

Over the years designers and architects have sanded Homasote board manually in order to create interesting effects and present a more uniform surface which does not mimic the mesh used as the board is molded under 2,000 pounds per square inch pressure.

Inside floor-ceiling and wall systems, natural Homasote board’s mesh/canvas pattern is unimportant. Even in exterior use, when painted as board and batten, the natural surface look also was acceptable.

Ross Barney + Jankowski Architects in Chicago, Illinois were the first to use PINnacle in the country, installing the tackboards in all their conference areas.But when tackboards need to be dressed up, basic Homasote was just not “pretty” enough. Until today.

Sanded on both sides in one pass through a massive, six-head finishing machine recently installed at the company’s 750,000-square-foot facility, PINnacle presents a fine-sanded front (and a medium-sanded back)which allows it to be seen in the best of company and places, including museums, retail stores, trade shows and offices — anywhere that tackability and elegance are required.

When Ross Barney + Jankowski Architects in Chicago heard about PINnacle they became the first in the country to use them, installing the tackboards in all their conference areas.

Square-edged PINnacle is ready for immediate use for all applications and does not require additional finishing or edge treatment. For custom designs, PINnacle is ready to receive fabrics, wall coverings, paint or dye.

The panels have already been specified or installed in schools, businesses, hospitals and all public access areas where superior aesthetic qualities are required in a single board. Its velvet finish already is popular with the display industry and architectural designers.

“Homasote has an advantage over other tackboard products because it is lightweight, durable, clean and flexible, making it easy to cut and work with. And PINnacle™ with its finely sanded, soft-textured surface is aesthetically appealing, eliminating the need and cost associated with coverings,” according to Manker Mills, director of sales and marketing for Homasote Company.

PINnacle deadens sound, and just like basic Homasote board it is insulating and environmentally friendly. It is made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste paper, does not contain toxic additives such as formaldehyde or asbestos and is moisture resistant and integrally protected against termites, rot and fungi.

For public buildings, with or without LEED design issues, PINnacle N.C.F.R. panels offer fire-resistance through a unique manufacturing process that mixes fire-retardant chemicals evenly throughout the board. PINnacle N.C.F.R. meets ASTM E-84 Class A requirements and should be used when aesthetics and fire retardant qualities are required.

Homasote is delivering PINnacle to its distributors, for them in turn, to sell to Homasote retailers and lumberyards in 4x8-foot, 3/8-inch panels. A 1/2-inch panel is available by special order.

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