Selecting and specifying roof coatings

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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 German chemist found a way to use the stickiness of coal tar as protection on wood and ropes.

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The Value in Standardizing Door Schedules

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by Melany Whalin, CSI
Horror stories abound among hardware consultants who have been called in at the last minute to create hardware specifications that were needed yesterday, only to be given incomplete or inaccurate door schedules on which to base their specifications.

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Specifying EQ Coatings for Steel Studs

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The use of high-performing materials and products has become an important strategy in the design and construction of today’s new buildings. These materials play a crucial role in a building’s efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance. Therefore, every product on the project counts, right down to the choice of the nonstructural steel studs.

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What Do You Mean By ‘Polyurethane?’

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Polyurethanes have the broadest range of any product group, but they tend to combine toughness and flexibility with adhesive properties. This article examines the chemistry behind these coatings, seeking to give specifiers the information needed to select the right material for a project.

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VOCs… and Beyond: Powder and liquid coatings reviewed

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When powder coatings were first introduced into the architectural market for metal surfaces, they were heralded as a vastly superior product and expected to quickly replace liquid paint and anodization. However, paint has had more staying power than predicted. To understand what attributes of liquid paint are causing it to remain popular, it is important to take a look a broad range of considerations, including color options, cost, ease of use and performance.

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