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DensGlass Silver™ Residential Wall Sheathing Helps Mike Speciale Build "Green" Homes

Building quality homes with something extra comes naturally to Mike Speciale, owner of Speciale Homes in Austin, Texas.

That’s one of the reasons he uses G-P Gypsum Corporation’s DensGlass Silver™ residential wall sheathing to help provide moisture and mold resistance in the homes he builds. And in Austin, a city that’s setting standards for “green” building practices, DensGlass Silver exterior sheathing is a logical choice.

According to Speciale, the “green concept” promotes the use of “Healthy Materials - using the right materials can improve indoor air quality and increase comfort.” Mike Speciale is so pleased with the performance of this G-P Gypsum product that he spotlights the environmentally friendly features of DensGlass Silver sheathing on his home listings.

“Homebuyers today are concerned about moisture and preventing problems with mold. Building with DensGlass Silver is a way we can offer a proactive solution in dealing with that issue,” said Speciale

Mike Speciale first turned to DensGlass Silver sheathing from G-P Gypsum Corporation as a cost-effective sheathing alternative to Oriented Strand Board (OSB) several years ago when OSB prices began to rise. Unlike traditional paper-faced gypsum sheathings, DensGlass Silver features glass mats on both the face and back of a moisture-resistant core, offering superior resistance to both weather and mold growth.

DensGlass Silver sheathing adds still another homeowner benefit in being highly fire resistant. Plus, it is backed by a 90-day limited warranty against in place exposure damage.

"Now that DensGlass Silver is available in a ½ inch product, it meets all our structural requirements,” said Speciale. “Even as prices in the building products marketplace fluctuate, the mold, moisture and fire resistant benefits of DensGlass Silver make it worth the nominal extra cost in the long run.”

Most exterior sidings and wall coverings, including wood, vinyl, brick, and stone, can be applied over ½” DensGlass Silver sheathing. Speciale also notes that DensGlass Silver sheathing is as easy to install as any sheathing product. “Plus, DensGlass Silver doesn’t splinter in the cutting process,” Speciale stated.

He especially appreciates the ability of DensGlass Silver sheathing to resist the effects of weather. “The climate in Austincan be ridiculously hot and humid at times, so the fact that this product has the ability to resist moisture and helps reduce the opportunities for mold to grow makes it well-suited to deal with the weather in our market. We don’t have to worry about moisture damage during construction.”

For more information on DensGlass Silver residential wall sheathing, please visit Georgia-Pacific’s website at or call 1 800 Build GP for literature or 1 800 225- 6119 for technical information.

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