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What is the best way to remove graffiti from the surface of historic stone masonry on a church while preserving the appearance properties of the substrate?

Question posted December 4 to December 8, 2017


Do I need to pay attention to the permeability of the coating when specifying coatings for the exteriors of CMU walls?

Question posted November 20 to November 24, 2017


What is the best combination of metal (for instance, steel or aluminum) and coatings for creating bright colors on public art and sculpture, considering durability, initial cost, maintenance burden, gloss, color retention and resistance to vandalism.

Question posted October 9 to October 13, 2017


What is the best way to judge the effectiveness of competing products offered as liquid-applied air barriers on concrete block, in terms of both durability and air barrier properties?

Question posted October 2 to October 6, 2017


How can I determine if my hospital building in Philadelphia can benefit financially from installation of a reflective roof coating on top of the current black roofing substrate on a flat surface?

Question posted September 11 to September 15, 2017


In a northern climate with extreme winters, is it reasonable to consider retrofitting an air barrier to a multi-unit brick apartment building? What sort of installation strategy would be most beneficial?

Question posted July 17 to July 21, 2017


What kind of surface preparation prior to coating will be effective and at the same time economical for the aluminum window frames on a large commercial office building? The aluminum was coated originally with a baked-on fluoropolymer which has lost most of its gloss. Maintenance recoating will be with an air-dry fluoropolymer.

Question posted May 22 to May 26, 2017


What criteria of selection should be used in deciding between a liquid-applied and a sheet-applied air barrier?

Question posted May 1 to May 5, 2017


In what type of environment is the use of a vapor-impermeable air/moisture barrier recommended? Are there guidelines or standards to help determine this?

Question posted December 4 to December 10, 2016


Are there any industry standards, technical references, guidelines etc. that provide direction to an owner as to when a low-slope roof membrane (single ply, mechanically attached, white thermoplastic) should or MUST be replaced?

Question posted July 10 to July 15, 2016


What criteria should be used in deciding between a liquid-applied and a sheet-applied air barrier?

Question posted October 6 to October 10, 2014


Where there is likely to be ponding water, what generic type of reflective roof coating will work best, and why?

Question posted September 8 to September 12, 2014


In what type of environment is the use of a vapor-impermeable air/moisture barrier recommended? Are there guidelines or standards to help determine this?

Question posted August 18 to August 22, 2014


What generic types of coatings work best as liquid-applied air barriers, considering both cost and effectiveness, and what should be the dry film thickness of this system?

Question posted July 21 to July 25, 2014


What is the best way to judge the effectiveness and durability of competing liquid-applied air barriers on concrete block?

Question posted April 21 to April 25, 2014


What selection criteria should be used to decide between a liquid-applied and a sheet-applied air barrier?

Question posted March 10 to March 14, 2014


How can I determine if my urban hospital building would benefit financially by installing a reflective roof coating on top of the current flat black roofing substrate?

Question posted March 3 to March 7, 2014


How can I tell if my apartment building’s roof is suitable for installing a vegetative roof?

Question posted January 20 to January 24, 2014


What is the best way to protect an exposed concrete foundation?

Question posted November 25 to December 6, 2013


How can it be determined if moisture within a CMU wall is causing repeated coating failure? If so, can the source of moisture entry be accurately identified for correction?

Question posted December 24 to January 6, 2013


RH probes are commonly used in concrete floors to determine moisture content. Can they be used in CMU walls or pre-cast walls?

Question posted December 17 to December 23, 2012


When is it necessary to install sealant between the base of building walls and concrete sidewalks or pavement to prevent moisture from wicking up the wall? How does the climate affect this decision?

Question posted October 22 to October 28, 2012


In a northern climate with extreme winters, is it reasonable to consider retrofitting an air barrier to a multi-unit brick apartment building? What sort of installation strategy would be most beneficial?

Question posted March 28 to April 3, 2011


What generic types of coatings work best as liquid-applied air barriers, considering both cost and effectiveness, and what should be the dry film thickness of this system?

Question posted February 14 to February 20, 2011


In what types of climates and/or environments is the use of a vapor-impermeable air/moisture barrier recommended as opposed to a vapor-permeable system? Are there guidelines or standards that can help determine this?

Question posted December 6 to December 12, 2010


   
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