Planning Solar-ready Roof: Advantages with standing seam metal assemblies


Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction. While home and building owners are not required to install solar panels at the time of construction, their roofs must be prepared if they choose to install them in the future.

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Defining and Refining Polished Concrete

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French-American architect Paul Philippe Cret once said, “Of the many doorways we pass in a short walk, most are fulfilling their purpose, most of them are well-enough built. [But] how many are worth a second look?” Cannot the same be said about architectural polished concrete? Are your floors meeting your design intent or did you settle? Do you know how to distinguish between the floor you asked for, and the floor being presented to you during the punch list?

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Roof Coatings and Reroofing Projects


Selecting the proper reroofing material for a given structure after an existing assembly has reached the end of its useful life can be a daunting decision. Affordability, among other technical and performance considerations, remains at the top of the list of most building owners’ concerns. In the pursuit of a healthy balance between cost and quality, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membranes and roof coatings are two categories that continue to gain market share.

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Resisting hail with SPF roofing


In the words of renowned expert Richard Fricklas, former director of the Roofing Industry’s Educational Institute (RIEI), “There seems to be a mindset among some roofing contractors, as well as building owners and designers, that foam roofs are not suitable for hail regions at all.” According to Fricklas, however, the material has an excellent story to tell when it comes to wind and hail resistance.

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Caring for glazed architectural terra cotta


One of the most prevalent materials found on historic buildings, glazed architectural terra cotta was popularized in the late 19th century as a versatile, lightweight, economical, and adaptable alternative to stone. Through the 1930s, the sculptural properties of terra cotta gave rise to diverse architectural styles, including the Chicago School, High Rise, and Beaux Arts.

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