By: Custom Coatings on March 1st, 2011
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Custom Coatings has a simple mission – to educate you and empower you to become an informed consumer. Here are some industry terms to help:
Sodablasting – a process where sodium bicarbonate is applied against a surface using compressed air. It’s the process that was used to restore the Statue of Liberty. This non-destructive method is useful in cleaning, paint stripping, rust and oil removal, masonry cleaning and industrial equipment maintenance. It also is popular for use in food processing facilities and boat hull cleaning.
Cool roof technology – a roofing system that can deliver high solar reflectance – the ability to reflect infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to a building. Most cool roofs are white and are an alternative to bulk attic insulation. Sometimes, bulk insulation can be entirely replaced by roofing systems that reflect this solar radiation and provide emission to the sky. Learn more at ersystems.com.
Dryfall – a quick drying paint used primarily in commercial applications that dries as it falls to the floor, making cleanup easier and reducing harm to machines in commercial and industrial settings. This product is typically used on ceilings in tall areas, such as metal decking in a warehouse or shopping center.
LEED certification – an internationally recognized green building certification process which provides third-party verification that a product or method is designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in these areas: water and energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and improving indoor environmental quality. Visit usgbc.org/LEED/ for more information.
Nansulate – a coating application with outstanding insulation properties. Nansulate is a water-based treatment that contains no potential harmful additives. It actually improves air quality while eliminating heat loss/gain from thermal bridging through studs. It can be used as wall, ceiling or attic insulation and is cost effective. Visit nansulate.com to learn more.
Self-leveling floor coatings – Also known as high-build, this industrial coating offers a way to add durability, safety and cleanability to your industrial or commercial flooring. Available in a variety of colors, the coatings can be built up to resist corrosive chemicals and high impacts. Learn more at nationalpolymers.com.
Thin Mil floor coatings – this type of coating is used primarily in retail and commercial locations because of its aesthetic appeal. These systems are used in covering smooth floor surfaces to increase light reflectivity and decrease housekeeping by reducing dust and ruts in the concrete. Read more at nationalpolymers.com.