What is Neopor?

Posted on February 6, 2013 within

IN 2013 at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Progressive Foam released a new "Premium Series" of siding insulation products made of Neopor by BASF, the world's largest chemical company. Whether you're familiar with Neopor or this is the first time you're hearing about it, there are some interesting details about this insulation material that you may not be aware of:


First, What is Neopor?


Neopor is a material patented and manufactured by BASF. Composed of small grey beads of polystyrene granules containing a blowing agent, which makes it expandable, these beads are manufactured into insulation products by BASF's customers, like Progressive Foam.

What Makes Neopor Different?


Neopor works in the very same way as traditional insulation, with one major difference -- high-purity graphite particles infused into the cell structure give Neopor a reflective property and a distinctive dark gray color.

As radiant heat moves through Neopor insulation, it reflects it hundreds of times, significantly slowing down the transfer of heat and making it more energy efficient!

Think of the heat transfer as a person walking on a path from point A to point B. Walking in a straight line (like traditional insulation) would be much faster than if the path took many twists and turns along the way (like Neopor). Read more on how Neopor compares to other types of insulation. 



What is the History of Neopor?

BASF invented and patented EPS technology in 1950, forever changing the insulation landscape. Today’s game changer is Neopor. Although Neopor is relatively new to the United States, it has been used extensively in the Europe since BASF patented the material in 1995. Neopor is used in many different insulation applications, including EIFS, SIPS panels, and now, siding insulation by Progressive Foam.


What Products Are in Our Premium Series?


We are pleased to say that all of the siding insulation products we offer in traditional white EPS are now also available in Neopor! In addition, we also offer a fanfold product in Neopor, listed below.

FullbackV Premium- Siding Insulation for Vinyl

FullbackFC Premium- Siding Insulation for Fiber Cement

Linebacker Premium- Siding Insulation for use with fiber cement & composite wood

HalfbackH20 Premium Universal siding Insulation

ProFold Premium Universal Siding Insulation

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