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Myriad factors place demands on architectural coatings: from ultraviolet light and chemical exposure to water, weather and wear. This month, D+D In Depth focuses on accounting for these factors when selecting and specifying topcoats and floor coatings and mitigating moisture in walls. Also in this issue, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory share insights on building envelope retrofits, along with an opportunity to participate in an upcoming study. — AARON JENTZEN, EDITOR

Selecting Exterior Topcoats: Aesthetic and Performance Considerations

BY TERRY WALLACE AND JENNIFER GLEISBERG, TNEMEC COMPANY INC.

When selecting coating systems for maximum protection and visual appeal, it’s important to know how UV light and other factors cause coating degradation. Learn why FEVE fluoropolymer resins provide long-term aesthetic performance and lower project lifecycle costs.


Mitigating Moisture in Concrete and
Masonry Walls: A Guide to Coatings, Water Repellents and Sealants

BY KENNETH A. TRIMBER AND KEVIN J. BROWN, KTA-TATOR INC.

Mold, spalling and peeling coatings are some of the consequences of uncontrolled moisture intrusion into masonry and concrete walls. Learn how to select the best coatings, water repellents and sealants and identify the brand names of candidate materials and systems.


The Case for Retrofitting Building Envelopes

BY DIANA E. HUN, PH.D, OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

At least half of U.S. commercial buildings have underperforming building envelopes, resulting in costly energy losses. A research team interviewed construction industry professionals to better understand the market and accelerate the adoption of building envelope retrofits.


Floor Coatings for Aggressive Environments

BY TOM MURPHY, VP MARKETING LLC

Flooring and floor coatings are subject to more wear and exposure than any other interior surface finish—especially in aggressive environments. Floor coating selection must be driven by the specific usage area’s physical, chemical and environmental factors.



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