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download press release »06/13/2013

New CertainTeed® Perimeter™ Solid and Hidden Vent Soffit Combines Beauty with Better Airflow, Builds on Industry-Leading Exterior Building Product Line

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is expanding its industry-leading exterior building product line with the introduction of a new, aesthetically pleasing solid and hidden vent soffit. The uniquely designed Perimeter™ soffit offers a smooth, flat non-perforated surface, which provides a balance of beauty and improved airflow performance. It is available in Triple 3 1/3-inch solid and hidden vent styles and comes in a wide range of 14 low-gloss colors.

CertainTeed is now the only manufacturer to offer two hidden vent soffit options — the premium InvisiVent® for a thicker, larger projection and optimum airflow, and Perimeter, a more economical version with better airflow.

“We are seeing a rebound in the new construction market and wanted to be certain to equip builders with a cost-effective hidden vent solution for those on a tight budget,” says Brian Kirn, product manager for CertainTeed Siding. “All of our customers now have the opportunity to properly ventilate without having to look at unsightly perforations. Compared to competitive products, Perimeter also features a much higher net-free airflow — resulting in better roof ventilation.”

Perimeter soffit is available in a 5/8-inch projection, .040-inch thickness and can be used with any type of CertainTeed vinyl, polymer shake or fiber cement siding. The solid version can be installed as either a solid soffit or vertical siding. The hidden vent style provides up to 9.65 inches of net-free intake area for proper roof ventilation. Designed for ease of installation, Perimeter soffit panels feature a post-formed lock popular with installers for its locking assurance and trouble-free handling.

Perimeter soffit is produced using CertaVin™ custom-formulated PVC resin, and features a Class 1(A) fire rating and a lifetime, limited warranty.

CertainTeed offers unsurpassed Freedom of Choice™ through its industry-leading portfolio of long-lasting polymer, fiber cement, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl, fiber cement siding and trim product lines. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/freedomofchoice.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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