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Performing above and beyond with coatings for steel

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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, reducing maintenance, and conforming to environmental regulations.

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Duplex Stainless Steel Revolutionizes Structural Design

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Architectural and engineering firms are increasingly exploring stainless steel’s possibilities as a structural material as new research, structural codes, and design guides become available. Most designs have used the familiar Types 304L or 316L alloys from the austenitic family of stainless steels, but for all but the lightest sections, the duplex stainless steel family presents a much greater potential for innovation.

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Selecting aluminum finishes for coastal areas

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by Tammy Schroeder

Coastal areas are beautiful locations for commercial and residential buildings, but also pose the greatest challenges in protecting exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from corrosion. Aluminum windows, storefronts, entrances and curtain walls, sun shades, canopies, skylights, column covers, rainscreens, and exterior panels all integrally connect to a building’s façade. Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these components can damage the building envelope’s structural integrity, leading to systemic failure.

Specifiers can successfully select …

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