Often referred to as substrate “porosity,” substrate surface water absorptivity refers to the ability of a flooring substrate surface to absorb liquid relatively quickly. The coalescence of an impermeable floorcovering material and a non-porous concrete surface not only reduces moisture from coming in, but also from escaping.
Today, there is a growing demand for large-format ceramic and natural stone tiles. This necessitates proper specification and execution of floor surface preparation, particularly in relation to floor flatness, which is critical to successful floorcovering installation.
Even the most sophisticated metal coatings have the potential to corrode, lose color or gloss, or crack and peel. For architects, specifiers, consultants, and building owners, the only protection from these potential liabilities is a strong, enforceable warranty.
The appearance of batch, hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel can be an enigma. Variations in initial coating appearance from one project to the next and the natural weathering of HDG steel often cause confusion and misaligned expectations within the design community. Design professionals may expect all galvanized steel to consistently maintain a shiny, smooth, or spangled finish common to that of galvanized sheet metal (think HVAC ductwork or corrugated panels) … Continue reading Improving the appearance of hot-dip galvanized steel
Antimicrobial compounds can aid in preventing the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria and help maintain the integrity of the paint or coating. These types of coatings may be used on a wide range of products in high-traffic commercial and institutional buildings, including architectural aluminum products.