Inselbric Asphalt Siding
Inselbric Asphalt Panel Siding
Inselbric is a discontinued siding product. It was made in a similar manner as today's asphalt shingles.
The product name is often misspelled. A few other common misspellings are:
It's important to realize this fascinating product still protects tens of thousands of homes, sheds, barns and business all over the USA and possibly Canada.
It must be remembered it first came to market in October of 1931 and soon dominated the marketplace because it was easy to install, attractive, and was truly maintenance-free. Gone were the days of scraping peeling alkyd paint from wood siding.
For this reason homeowners and businessmen bought millions of square feet of this magic material.
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Interlocking Asphalt-Saturated Wood Fiber Panels
This asphalt siding is an ingenious product. It's about 1/2-inch thick wood fiber panels with interlocking male and female grooves an tongues.
Another key point is it goes together exactly like traditional hardwood flooring interlocks. This interlock feature stopped wind-driven rain from harming the structure.
A point often overlooked is the wood fibers were saturated with hot asphalt and colored mineral granules were carefully placed on the panels. This asphalt made it waterproof.
Using lost technology it could be made to look like brick, stone or even wood.
Inselbric Styles and Types
There were five primary styles:
By far the most popular was the INSELBRIC and INSELSTONE.
Aluminum Siding Kicked It To The Curb
Most building products have their day in the sun. Sunset for this magic siding product happened in the 1960s. Aluminum siding took the marketplace by storm and the returning veterans from WWII didn't want their new houses covered with the material they grew up with.
The demand for all the Insel products dropped off quickly and it was all over.
I wish I could go back in time to see how they distributed the colored ceramic granules as they made the INSELSTONE panels. The 3D effect created by the shadow lines is unbelievable.