Post-Sandy Reconstruction Creates Opportunity to Improve Homes and Buildings in Northeast

 Post-Sandy Reconstruction Creates Opportunity to Improve Homes and Buildings
                                 in Northeast

Property Owners Can Upgrade to Mold- and Moisture-Resistant Walls

PR Newswire

NORTHPORT, N.Y., April 2, 2013

NORTHPORT, N.Y., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Five months after Superstorm
Sandy ravaged the Tri-State Area, local government leaders are instructing
property owners to rebuild wisely. While legislators debate new construction
codes designed to prevent future flooding, home and business owners are
tearing out damaged walls and floors.

The proposed rules in New Jersey would require builders to raise the lowest
floor of a damaged house one foot above the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's (FEMA) flood-elevation maps. Similar measures could be implemented
along the coastlines of New York and Connecticut.

As reconstruction funds become available, the victims of Sandy have the
opportunity to rebuild, and also upgrade their homes or businesses with new
and improved construction materials.

"When most people think about rebuilding in the Northeast, the walls might be
the last thing on their minds," said Frank Stola, Northeast area manager for
National Gypsum. "But walls and what they're made of are important – and
they're not all the same."

National Gypsum's PURPLE^® XP^® Gypsum Board provides industry-leading mold
resistance with the added benefit of achieving GREENGUARD Children &
Schools^SM certification for indoor air quality. XP stands for Xtra Protection
because it incorporates mold inhibitors that provide unparalleled resistance
to mold, mildew and moisture. In addition, XP Gypsum Board is manufactured
locally at three Northeast manufacturing facilities.

"Whether you are rebuilding a whole structure or a few rooms, ask your
contractor or a salesperson at your local home improvement store for PURPLE to
be sure you're getting the most out of your walls," said Steve Cusa, Product
Manager, Gypsum Systems atNational Gypsum.

XP can be used throughout a structure. It can be installed in dry areas or
areas with limited water exposure such as those around a toilet and sink, and
above tile in tubs and showers.

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National Gypsum's family of PURPLE^® products provides unparalleled resistance
to mold, mildew, moisture, scratches and dents, and can even reduce the noise
heard between rooms. The family of PURPLE^® products includes XP^®, Hi-Abuse^®
XP^®, Hi-Impact^® XP^®, SoundBreak^® XP^®, selected ProForm^® BRAND drywall
finishing products and PermaBase^® BRAND cement board products. The color
PURPLE^® is a registered trademark of National Gypsum Properties, LLC.

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SOURCE National Gypsum Properties, LLC

Contact: Stephen Hass, LGA, (704) 552-6565 ext. 133,
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