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Oct 17, 2019

Boral Introduces TruExterior Siding With Reversible Shiplap, Nickel Gap Profiles

Panels offer two looks in one for increased versatility and convenience
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Poly-ash siding and trim manufacturer Boral Building Products is adding a reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap siding profile to its TruExterior product line.

“Our new reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap profile makes it easy for builders and remodelers to create beautiful, on-trend exteriors that are both eye-catching and high performing for a look that truly stands the test of time,” says Ben Drury, brand manager for Boral Building Products.

The new Shiplap-Nickel Gap profile comes in two formats: one features smooth Nickel Gap on one side and wood-grain Shiplap on the other; the second has wood-grain Nickel Gap on one side and smooth Shiplap on the other. Each panel features a rabbeted edge that ensures each piece fits together perfectly to create the authentic spacing—“the tight joint appearance of shiplap on one side and the nickel-sized space of nickel gap on the other,” the company says.

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Boral says the new option opens up possibilities for its customers. Previously, contractors could select TruExterior profiles in non-reversible smooth or wood-grain Shiplap and in smooth Nickel Gap. Now, the addition of textured Nickel Gap answers growing customer demand for wood-grain options, the company explains.

“What’s more, the reversible format combines with four different widths and two standard lengths to offer 16 profile combinations,” a Boral release says. “This means dealers can stock fewer SKUs while builders can design more varied streetscapes with a single panel.”

Like all TruExterior siding products, the new profiles are made from Boral’s blend of polymers and fly ash, which the company claims provides for a superior poduct than fiber cement. The mixture, the company says, offers a high level of dimensional stability for reduced expansion and contraction. It also provides resistance to warping, cracking, splitting, moisture, and bugs. The company says that unlike fiber cement, the siding requires no sealing of ends or cuts in the field. In addition, it can be used in ground-contact applications, and it can be painted in any color. It comes pre-primed and ready for paint.

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Shiplap and Nickel Gap are part of TruExterior’s Craftsman Collection, which includes six historically and architecturally accurate profiles that replicate the look and feel of traditional wood siding. The panels cut and install with traditional tools and offer workability similar to wood.

Boral, which offers a handful of siding profiles, last year announced that it was discontinuing production of its bevel product because it was unable to meet the demand and the consistent quality of the other profiles. A well-received substitute for wood clapboards, the bevel profile offered a clean take on a traditional look, and when painted, was a dead ringer for traditional claps. It too was made from coal-fly ash mix with glass fibers and polymers thrown in.

The reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap profile comes in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-inch widths and in 12- and 16-foot lengths.

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Nigel Maynard

Nigel F. Maynard is the Editor of PRODUCTS. 

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