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The coatings industry is always evolving; as materials and tools advance, so do processes and expectations. This month, D+D In Depth looks at the advantages of making icephobic coatings that are also self-healing, as well as the relationship between reflective roof coatings and climate zones. We also explore the importance of looking beyond specifications when tackling a polished concrete project and the realm of coatings industry standards as a whole. — AMY WOODALL, EDITOR

Self-Healing Icephobic Coatings: The Promise of a New Pairing

BY STEPHANIE SHIRA, MYERS MIXERS

Self-healing coatings and icephobic coatings are among some of the newest functional coating technologies. Learn more about the potential benefits of combining the novel properties of the two into a single formulation.


Black vs. White and Everything in Between

BY JARRETT B. DAVIS, HALL A/E/C PA

Is a white coating always the best choice for roofs? Not necessarily. In many cases, installing a highly reflective white coating might be a response to cool roofing trends that fails to consider the true needs of the facility. This feature explores alternative solutions that might provide a better fit.


Best Laid Plans: Preparing for Perfect Polished Concrete

BY JIM CUVIELLO, CUVIELLO CONCRETE AND TERRAZZO POLISHING

Specifications can only go so far toward ensuring a successful polished concrete installation. There are numerous other variables from one job to the next that can affect the quality of a polished concrete job. Here are a few ways to better anticipate problem areas and manage the situation.


Understanding Standards: A Primer on Programs and Purpose

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC

How does a method, material, or practice ultimately become the accepted standard? This feature delves into the different types of standards that exist in the coatings industry, as well as what various standards-setting bodies have on deck with new publications and updates.



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