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Elk Prestique® Grandé™ Tops Minnesota Visitor Center

Dallas, Texas - November 30, 2005 – ElkCorp (NYSE: ELK) subsidiary, Elk Premium Building Products, Inc. (Elk) announces the installation of Elk Prestique® Grandé™ High Definition® shingles on the new Oswald Visitor Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Elk Prestique Grandé in Weatheredwood installed on the Oswald Visitor Center at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The center was completed in January 2005 and serves as the entry point to the arboretum and also an education center to the 250,000 visitors that come through every year. The design of the center complements the original center (named the Snyder Building) that remains in use. Both buildings mimic the architecture of English Costwold cottages and French country homes. When choosing a roof for the building, designers wanted a product that resembled the quality of cedar shake, but would be more durable. The large size of Prestique Grandé was also an advantage. The Oswald Visitor Center is very large, so it was important to install a large-scale shingle to correspond with a building of its size, and Prestique Grandé in Weatheredwood proved to be a perfect fit.

“The Prestique Grandé shingle here was chosen to give it a rich look that fits into the surroundings of the area,” said Steve Hegge of Berwald Roofing, contractor for the project. “Elk shingles are my choice of high quality selections.”

Prestique Grandé is one of the first hybrid shingle products from Elk. The shingles combine VersaShield® XP™, a unique, non-asphaltic headlap, with a large-exposure laminated shingle, allowing for a bigger look without excess weight and raw materials. In standard laminated asphalt shingle construction, the headlap and shingle are manufactured from the same web and made with fiberglass, asphalt, and granules. Elk’s mission was to create a shingle that would conserve asphalt and granules in the headlap, while providing protection against the elements. The result was Prestique Grandé which offers a larger exposure than conventional laminated shingles and a bigger dimensional look that complements the roof lines, particularly on today’s steeper slopes.

“Elk Prestique Grandé provided the greatest shadowing and depth and was the best size shingle for our large building,” explained Peter Moe, Director of Operations for the Arboretum. “The roof exceeded our expectations and is very attractive.”

Moe had such a positive experience with Elk products, that when deciding what brand to use on his own home this fall, he chose Elk.

Because of the aesthetic results on the Oswald Visitor Center, Prestique Grandé was also installed on the Snyder Building.

“We have had many compliments on both roofs since they were installed,” said Moe.

About Elk:

ElkCorp, through its subsidiaries, manufacturers Elk brand premium roofing and building products (over 90% of consolidated sales) and provides technologically advanced products and services to other industries. Each of ElkCorp’s principal operating subsidiaries is a leader within its particular market. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ELK).

About the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum:

For more information on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, visit their website at www.arboretum.umn.edu .

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Contact: Jennifer Plummer
Phone: 972.851.0453
Email: Jennifer.Plummer@elkcorp.com

Note to Editors: Contact Peter Moe, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Phone: 952.443.1408, Email: petem@arboretum.umn.edu. Contact Steve Hegge, Berwald Roofing. Phone: 651.777.7411, Email: steveh@berwaldroofing.com. Digital image attached. Photo Credit: Chuck Carver.

 

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