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Wind-Driven Rain Resistance Testing of Exterior Coating Systems

Controlling moisture intrusion from blowing rain is a fundamental part of designing a functional and durable building. Driving rain is typically the largest source of bulk moisture for above-grade building assemblies.1 Inadequate wind-driven rain resistance can lead to moisture intrusion in building assemblies that are intended to stay dry, causing problems for building owners and …

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How Many Times Can I Repaint the Exterior of My Building?

In the September 2014 issue of Durability + Design, we described the laboratory test methods used to determine the water vapor permeance of coatings, as well as the importance of knowing the permeance of the interior and exterior coatings used on building walls. As seen in Durability & Design, January 2017 “Calculated Impact: Can WUFI …

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Rehabbing Concrete Floors: Coat, Cover, or Polish?

Concrete is the most commonly and widely used construction material for commercial building floors. While the decision to specify concrete is an easy one, the selection of the floor finish or coverings to be installed on the floor can be quite complicated. There are endless floor finishing options for new construction projects. Owners and designers …

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But I Can’t Wait 3 Days

No time for standard concrete slab moisture evaluations? Try these accelerated methods. Let’s face it; we live in an age where instant results matter. Assessing concrete floors for moisture is no different. Most owners, contractors and manufacturers agree that these assessments are necessary prior to installing flooring treatments to achieve quality results. Numerous resources exist to …

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Repair The Building Before You Repair The Paint

When the paint on the exterior of a building exhibits heavy fading, chalking, or peeling, the typical solution is to clean and overcoat, but painting alone may not achieve the desired result, and in fact, it may be destined to fail. Because a number of building-related issues can affect the performance of the coating system, …

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SPF coatings

Formula for Success: With SPF Applications, Quality Assurance is King

  KTA-Tator Inc. Spray polyurethane Foam (SPF) has played a key role in restoration programs for the dome and exterior of New Orleans’ Superdome. Business Wire A combination of economic drivers and technical advances has driven the development of an expanded array of solutions for roofing systems and energy-efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. Depending on …

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