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With the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in the middle of this month, it is no coincidence we give special attention to roof coatings, with a sampling of top roof coating products in “Roofing Expo Preview: Coating Products,” and with “Selecting Coatings for Spray Foam Roofing.” But as usual, we also cover the spectrum of architectural coating functions, providing advice about “Selecting Sealers and Coatings for Decorative Concrete” and about uses for EIFS: “Not Your Father’s Stucco: EIFS and Topcoat Systems.” — HAROLD HOWER

Selecting Sealers and Coatings for
Decorative Concrete

BY CHRIS SULLIVAN, CHEMSYSTEMS INC.

The question of what sealer or coating to use can be confusing. Unfortunately, there is no one brand or type that fits all situations. But what does exist are some basic guidelines involving exposure conditions, safety and appearance that can help narrow the list of candidates.


Not Your Father’s Stucco:
EIFS and Topcoat Systems

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

Using Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) is now one of the leading ways to renovate and aesthetically improve the facades and energy efficiency of existing commercial structures. The technology of EIFS as a building enclosure component has evolved substantially in recent years.


Roofing Expo Preview: Coatings Products

BY HAROLD HOWER, EDITOR, D+D IN DEPTH

Roof coating products for maintenance, rehabilitation and reflectivity were exhibited by more than 10 percent of the 450 exhibiting companies at the International Roofing Expo (IRE), which was held in Orlando, Florida on February 17 to 19. Some of the top products are described here.


Selecting Coatings for Spray Foam Roofing

BY MASON KNOWLES, MASON KNOWLES CONSULTING LLC

The author explains the functions of roof coatings for various substrates, describes criteria of selection for coatings over SPF roofs, reviews SPF topcoat types, and discusses maintenance and recoat intervals needed to protect SPF substrates.



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