Certainly from since we have been in business, retaining walls were any one of three types—boulders, cut stones or concrete blocks in some form, with the vast majority made of stacked retaining wall blocks. (more…)
Why Choose Natural Stone?
Natural stone is held in high regard as a premier building material because it reflects unique character, stability, and grandeur. Variations in natural stone’s broad range of color, pattern, and texture are visually interesting and impossible to replicate. And, because it comes from the earth, from eco-friendly compositions, it is a natural choice.
The diversity of natural stone products encourages limitless design potential. Aesthetically, what you do with stone is as varied as your imagination. Its many factors in the way stone formed within the Earth contribute to its varieties and enhance the creativity it provides – something that cannot be duplicated in a laboratory or come from a mould.
Natural stone exhibits a durability not found in other building materials. There is an emotional connection to buildings and monuments built in stone that carries a great deal of meaning due to enduring history and a legacy of mankind through the ages.
Natural stone products like those created in granite, marble, limestone, slate and sandstone, among others possess innate characteristics that contribute toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or LEED intended construction. Consider stone’s low embodied energy, ready availability as a naturally occurring material – often locally (within a 500 mile radius of the project), no off-gases to impair indoor air quality, high thermal capacitance, and exceptional durability for low maintenance and structural permanence. Using natural stone for your projects shows that you care about the environment and consciously strive to preserve it.
Design projects should stand out and reflect the passion, taste, and personality of the designer. Natural stone is a one-of-a-kind building material that sets you apart from others because it can’t be mimicked, manufactured, or faked.
The value in natural stone is more than a monetary measure. It involves longevity, ease of maintenance, permanence and stability that far exceed initial investment. Utilizing natural stone is now more affordable than ever due to advancing stone quarrying and processing technology that has improved efficiency over the years. New automated machinery allows fabricators to cut natural stone thinner, faster, more consistently and at less cost than in times past. Development of anchoring technologies and systems make installation easier, quicker, and more secure. In addition, natural stone is simple to care for, has an appearance that literally improves with age and can last a lifetime.
Article by BSI Building Stone Institute
Solutions – it’s what we cladding manufacturers strive for. We have a solution for thermal bridging. We have a solution for drainage. We have a solution for energy efficiency. And this solution also happens to be quite aesthetically pleasing. But at this point there’s more and we’ve discovered it – and it’s not EIFS.
StoEnergy Guard is an all-encompassing solutions-based package. Beginning with continuous waterproof air and vapor barriers, and then moving outward in to a drainage plane with a cavity for drying and sealing the deal with exterior insulation, the StoEnergy Guard system is designed to protect your building, regardless of your choice in cladding.
Looking for specialty industrial coatings? Procoat Systems has a wide variety of Carboline Coatings to fit your job. Whether you need high-heat coatings, epoxies, or urethanes you can find what you need at Procoat Systems. Oil field equipment manufacturers, waste water treatment plants, steel fabricators all get there industrial coatings at Procoat Systems. With excellent technical support, Carboline has the products that will fit your need.
With fierce competition amongst the top paint manufactures in the country, PPG Pittsburgh Paints has brought their name to the track. In such a competitive market, many manufacturers market through sponsorship of some of the best racecar drivers in the world. Why should PPG Pittsburgh Paints be any different? Paul Menard, driving for Richard Childers Racing in NASCAR’s top series carries the Pittsburgh Paints name on his #27 car every week for 9 months on national television. Help cheer on Paul Menard and Pittsburgh Paints every Sunday, and hold on tight!!
In the late fall of 2012, Pecora Corporation acquired Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing Inc.’s deck coating line. The move allows both companies to concentrate on core focuses. With the move, Carlisle passes its attention away from residential waterproofing while allowing Pecora to give an option to customers for a trusted elastomeric deck coating. The agreement between the two allows the product to have the same consistencies and formulas to have an accurate crossover. At ProCoat Systems, we have welcomed the new addition to Pecora with open arms. Below is a crossover reference to help answer any questions.
Pecora Product Name Carlisle Product Name Description
Pecora Dynatrol II <-> CCW 201 – Two-Component Urethane Joint Sealant
Pecora P-808 <-> CCW 557 – Two-Part Epoxy Primer
Pecora 802T <-> CCW 501T – Detail Coat
Pecora Deck 802 <-> CCW 501 – Base Coat
Pecora Deck 802SP <-> CCW 501SP – Self-Priming Base Coat
Pecora Deck 804 <-> CCW 502 – Intermediate Coat
Pecora Deck 806 Desert Tan (530) <-> CCW 503 Desert Tan – Desert Tan Top Coat
Pecora Deck 806 Beige Grey (525) <-> CCW 503 Beige – Beige Grey Top Coat
Pecora Deck 806 Stone Grey (535) <-> CCW 503 Stone Grey – Stone Grey Top Coat
Pecora Deck 806 Arizona Tan (P-50) <-> CCW 503 Arizona Tan – Arizona Tan Top Coat
Pecora Deck 806 Colonial Grey (P-49) <-> CCW 503 Colonial Grey – Colonial Grey Top Coat
Pecora Deck P-810 <-> CCW 554 – Single-Component Interlaminary Primer
Pecora Deck 850 <-> CCW 599 – Deck Coating Accelerator
Everyone is talking about it. It’s required by ASHRAE 90.1-2004. It diminishes the negative effects of thermal bridging. But what is it? The Buildings Energy Code website defines Continuous Insulation as “insulation that runs continuously over structural members and is free of significant thermal bridging”.
We know, based on previous discussions that it is vital to the life cycle of your building to properly protect it from air and moisture intrusion but if you’re asking why a thermal blanket – continuous insulation – is needed, you’ve come to the right place. Different climate zones in the US, as mandated by ASHRAE 90.1-2004, require specific R-values to meet the minimum prescriptive values for insulation. Climate zones 3 and up all have a minimum requirement for CI in addition to the R-13 requirement for batt insulation.
Sto Corporation offers a full range of air barriers and moisture barrier products to protect your building from moisture intrusion and air leakage. According to Energy Star, sealing the building envelope is one of the most cost effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of a building. Installing air barrier systems delivers significant energy savings in both hot and cold climates, and helps improve indoor air quality. Sto’s fluid applied membrane is an air barrier and wall moisture barrier that is structural and continuous, so it won’t rip or tear away from the sheathing like traditional sheet housewraps or building wraps.
In one of our trade show demos, we show the positive effects CI has on a structure. A sample was created as a triangle – one side, standard EIFS, the second, a standard siding application, and the third, a placeholder for heat lamps to demonstrate the true effects. Once the lights are turned on and a significant amount of heat fills the interior of the sample, we can clearly see the CI working in real time.
At max temperature of 120 degrees F, the sample clearly outlines how EIFS (bottom right) provides a thermal blanket for your building.
CI is the proven solution for long term energy savings and is the most effective way to insulate the building envelope.
the right finish for the job. Long walls with light sources at either end are often difficult to touch-up, as are walls with surface imperfections.
In these cases, use a flatter finish. It will be more forgiving with surface and touch-up flaws.
Paint touch-up is a common source of problems on job sites, often because of changes in environmental factors such as temperature.
You can spot and correct problems before they occur, however, by using the tips below.
Temperature changes between coats can cause touch-up coats to be lighter or darker than your last finish coat, especially when you work in temperatures that fall between 40 and 60 degrees. Typically, touch-up coats will be lighter in color if they are applied when the temperature is 10 degrees cooler than the initial application. If the reverse is true, the touch-up coat will appear darker. Color differences with warmer temperatures—over 60 degrees—are less predictable. Problems may still occur, but they can also be caused by factors such as faster film drying and/or dry brushing.
How to Avoid
Take care to apply touch-up coats in temperature conditions as close as possible to those during your initial finish coat application. To avoid dealing with wide swings in temperatures, apply paint only when temperatures are above 50 degrees.
Touch-up problems can also occur with porous surfaces, particularly with high-sheen eggshells and higher gloss finishes. Because unprimed porous substrates absorb more of the paint, they leave less of a sheen or gloss. Always apply a second topcoat to make sure you achieve the look you want. Without this second coat, any subsequent touch-up will be noticeable and affect the sheen or gloss you want to achieve.
Poor color hiding can be mistaken for a problem with touch-up. When unpainted, unprimed surfaces are coated with white or transparent colors, gaps are possible.
With these kinds of surfaces and colors, remember to always apply two topcoats over a primer sealer in order to achieve the best hiding.
How to Avoid
Use a primer on all porous surfaces, to make sure they are sealed properly. When you are making drastic color changes or using a white or jewel tone, use a pigmented primer to augment the hiding of the topcoat.
Different paint types require different amounts of time to finish. As a result, the amount of time between the application of your finish coat and touch-up can affect how well these two coats blend together.
Alkyd paints, for example, sometimes require several weeks to reach their final appearance, while latex paints need much less time.
A good rule of thumb to follow: the higher the sheen and gloss you use, the longer the time you will need to allow your paint to completely dry and set.
Certain paint ingredients are slow to evaporate, and—depending on temperature and humidity conditions—need more time to escape from the film.
How to Avoid
Allow at least two weeks for touch-up coats to dry thoroughly, before judging whether you need to re-apply.
When you use different application methods with the same paint job, touch-up problems can occur. For example, if you use an airless sprayer or roller for your initial application and apply touch-up with a brush, differences in the paint film’s profile may be noticeable.
Avoiding Touch-Up Problems
Roller naps leave an obviously different surface profile than brushes. When light reflects off these profiles, the resulting reflection causes a difference in the sheen or color—which is why different paint formulations use specific ingredients for their flow and leveling properties.
Touch-up marks also can be noticed when there is a significant difference in the film thickness of the touch-up and the initial application. The difference is often visible, particularly with higher-sheen finishes.
How to Avoid
Save some of the paint you use at each job site specifically for touch-up purposes. Remember to use the same types of tools to apply them (such as the same size roller nap or brush).
With airless sprays, spray some of the paint through your gun and store it for later use.
When applying, take care not to use too much paint. You can minimize the difference by lightly feathering out the touch-up with a short nap roller. Take care to never “dry brush” or “dry roll.”
Additional Prevention Tips
Make sure that your selected topcoat is the right finish for the job. Long walls with light sources at either end are often difficult to touch-up, as are walls with surface imperfections.
In these cases, use a flatter finish. It will be more forgiving with surface and touch-up flaws.
The Color Sense Game
Everyone knows how hard it can be selecting color for your next painting project. With so many factors to think about, the process can be overwhelming. PPG Voice of Color has found a way to make this process a little bit easier. Take a moment to try the PPG color sense game at the link below. It only takes about 5 minutes and will open your eyes to what colors best fit your personality. Click Here for more information about The Voice of Color.
SEALANTS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
You’re as cold as ice…
The cold weather has officially made its presence felt. Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean the job stops.
At ProCoat Systems, we stock a brilliant sealant by the name of Sonolastic 150 VLM. Available in twelve colors, this BASF product can be applied all the way down to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. Being an elastomeric silyl-terminated polyether hybrid, this diverse paintable product can be applied to aluminum, concrete, glass, stucco and a wide range of other substrates. Please call the office for any questions. Stay warm and enjoy your week!