Understanding today’s coatings for claddings

Even those best-designed, well-constructed buildings degrade if the appropriate exterior coating and finishes are not applied and maintained in a timely manner—this is especially true for demanding environments. Fortunately, there is a wide-ranging array of high-performance architectural coatings available today that can not only safeguard a building’s value, but...
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Best practices for architectural coatings

Architectural paints and coatings have a long history of application across a wide range of construction and surface types, yet they are among the most misunderstood and misused of building materials. Originating in European traditions, architectural painting in North America experienced a dramatic shift in the mid-19th century, when...
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Using color and coatings for healthcare

Coatings have become are more specialized and technologically advanced than ever before, which is good news for architects and specifiers of healthcare facilities. These advancements mean specifiers are able to make better coating decisions based on appearance and function.
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EQ Coatings: Dispelling misconceptions through facts

Over the past few years, much has been written and said about equivalent (EQ) coatings for cold-formed steel (CFS) studs. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, there are lingering doubts and misconceptions harbored by some specifiers about these products’ performance. However, They are code-approved coatings worthy of inclusion...
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Are all zinc coatings created equal?

Zinc is naturally found in elements such as air, water, and soil as well as in plants, animals, and humans. It is the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is infinitely recyclable without the loss of its properties, making it a true renewable resource.
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New Parkland Hospital makes history

When Dallas’ original Parkland Hospital was built in 1894, it was a simple clapboard structure. Today, the New Parkland Hospital spans more than 185,806 m2 (2 million sf) and its façade comprises a proprietary system of metal panels.
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Performing above and beyond with coatings for steel

Specifying high-performance coatings for structural steel framing, decking, or curtain walls can be a tall order when the application surface is located hundreds of feet above ground level. The specified coatings must protect the structural integrity of these hard-to-reach steel exposures against corrosion, while increasing longevity, enhancing aesthetic appeal,...
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Selecting and specifying roof coatings

Coatings have been successfully used as part of roof assemblies for more than 50 years in the United States. However, in other parts of the world, coatings have been employed for millennia. The development of sophisticated protective coatings occurred in the latter half of the 17th century, when a...
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