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While most people usually just want a paint that looks good, coatings professionals know there’s much more to the power of paint. This month D+D In Depth explores the functionality of coatings, whether testing their impact on the building envelope or understanding their role on historic structures. We also look into working with metal roof surfaces, as well as the science of acrylics. — AMY WOODALL, EDITOR

Testing the Effectiveness of Energy-Efficient
Coatings for Military Use

BY REBEKAH WILSON, PH.D.; BROOKE DIVAN, M.SC.;
AND KATHRYN GUY, PH.D., U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Can the application of exterior coatings be a simple and inexpensive way to reduce heating and cooling losses through the building envelope in lieu of retrofits? To answer that question, this study tested the insulative performance of select coatings in both small- and large-scale scenarios.


A Preservation Perspective on Coatings

BY DEBORAH SLATON, WISS, JANNEY, ELSTNER ASSOCIATES INC.

Coatings play a significant role in the rehabilitation of historic structures, with considerations ranging from maintaining the structure’s character to whether they even belong there at all. Learn more about preservation standards and guidelines — and the right questions to ask.


Key Considerations for Coating Metal Roofs

BY STEVEN HEINJE, GAF

From cleaning to working with factory finishes, there are a number of issues to be aware of when it comes to coating metal roof surfaces. This article explores top-of-mind concerns such as types of metal roofs, surface problems, power washing and primers.


Acrylic Coatings 101: An Overview of the Technology

BY MARC HIRSCH, M&M HIRSCH & ASSOCIATES LLC

Acrylic resins provide a number of performance properties to coatings that make them appealing for architectural applications, both inside and out. This feature delves into the chemistry that contributes to a variety of functionalities desirable in architectural coatings.



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