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This issue focuses on transforming concrete’s performance and aesthetics through keen insights and smart decisions by architect-specifiers, facility owners and contractors. Two articles show how selecting the right coatings and finishing options has a major impact on this common material, whether it’s used in hospitality venues or health care buildings, exterior walls or decorative floors. Two additional features explore emerging trends and technologies in high-performance architectural coatings: A recap of this month’s American Coatings Show and our preview of the American Institute of Architects Convention, taking place May 19-21. Speaking of May, look for our next issue, which will include articles on color and coating curtain wall metal, with guidance on selection and good technical practice. — AARON JENTZEN, EDITOR; PHOTO: © ISTOCK.COM/BREIFBLUESKY

Rehabbing Concrete Floors:
Coat, Cover or Polish?

BY KEVIN J. BROWN, RRO, AND TERRY CARROLL, P.E., KTA-TATOR INC.

This article discusses floor finish options for concrete, typical problems that may be encountered in existing concrete and methods that are used to assess the condition of the concrete.


Coatings to Star at AIA Convention

BY HAROLD HOWER, EDITOR, D+D IN DEPTH

Coatings and coatings suppliers will figure prominently in the 2016 AIA convention, to be held May 19-21 in Philadelphia.


Treating Exterior Concrete Walls with Coatings

BY RAY TOMBAUGH, KTA-TATOR INC.

Coatings applied to exterior concrete walls improve aesthetics, isolate and protect the concrete and the building interior from the environment, and make cleaning an easier task. The selection and use of several prominent coating types used on concrete walls are discussed in this article.


ACS Offers Coatings Sessions, Exhibits for Architectural Applications

BY HAROLD HOWER, EDITOR, D+D IN DEPTH

Architectural coatings received significant attention at both the American Coatings Show and the American Coatings Conference, held mid-April in Indianapolis.



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