Tag Archives: Coatings

What Do You Mean By ‘Polyurethane?’

All photos courtesy Quest Construction Products

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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Solar Reflective Roof Coatings

A reflective acrylic coating was used to offer roof protection and yield energy savings at this Bank of India building in Mumbai, India.
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Enhancing longevity and efficiency
by John Ferraro

Cool roof coatings have achieved more than 30 years of proven energy savings. However, the federal government and building code bodies have only recently embraced the use of these reflective coatings.

For decades, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), the national trade association for manufacturers of cold-applied protective roof coatings and cements, has promoted industrial and maintenance roof coatings, including solar reflective materials. Due to these efforts, …

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Reducing Environmental Impact with Coatings

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Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most projects, and coatings selection can play a big role in reducing these inefficiencies. This article examines use of coatings in applications as diverse as cool roofs, air barriers, infrared (IR) reflective pigments, and radiant heat barriers.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades: Project teams

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades

Photo courtesy Robert A. Baird/Historical Arts & Casting Inc.

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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