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CertainTeed Corporation • P.O. Box 860 • Valley Forge, PA 19482 • 800.233.8990

Michael B. Loughery, CertainTeed
(610) 341-7328

March 20, 2009


New Colonial Baluster Rounds Out CertainTeed® Panorama™ Railing Design Options

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed welcomes a new colonial baluster to its Panorama™ line of composite railing, rounding out a broad array of design options that create a unique look for one- and two-family homes.

Drawing inspiration from classic American colonial architecture, the shape of the balusters resembles a wood-turned spindle with a symmetrical, ornate appearance. Available in Colonial White and Desert Tan, the colonial balusters are molded in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with a weatherable finish that replicates smooth, painted wood from all angles.

New Colonial Baluster

The colonial balusters can be used alone or in conjunction with Panorama’s existing square balusters, made from a composite material, or decorative steel balusters that are available in a wide array of styles and finishes

“With the addition of the Panorama colonial baluster, building professionals have even more options in creating custom designs that boost the curb appeal of a home,” said Patti Pellock, senior marketing manager for CertainTeed’s Fence, Railing and Deck Business. “The unmatched aesthetics coupled with a low-maintenance design makes Panorama railing a popular choice among building professionals and homeowners alike.”

The Panorama railing system is a co-extruded composite railing system that features the true look of freshly painted wood without the maintenance hassles. Unlike other composite railing, Panorama is fully wrapped with PVC for a weatherable finish that replicates smooth, painted wood from all angles.

Panorama includes convenient universal components for the top and bottom rails as well as patented baluster shoes for ease of installation. A concealed external rail-to-post connection creates a seamless appearance on flat, stair, column and 45-degree applications. For long-lasting performance, safety and security, Panorama uses corrosion-resistant stainless steel hardware. The railing system, which meets the International Residential Code, is suitable for use on one- and two-family dwellings not more than three stories high and is backed by a 25-year limited warranty on composite components and a 10-year limited warranty on steel balusters with 2-year SureStart™ protection.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed 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, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, CertainTeed was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of more than $3 billion in 2008. www.certainteed.com.