Problem Solving Forum (76)


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?


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?


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


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


What is the best method for removing production machine oils soaked deeply into a concrete floor before applying a non-skid coating?


Where would you use epoxy and cementitious intumescent coatings?


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?


What are the most important recommendations for ensuring success in field application of reflective roof coatings to aging single-ply roofs? Do these recommendations vary depending on whether the roof is EPDM, TPO, PVC, or some other type of substrate?


What type of material should I use to achieve bright, bold colors on a concrete floor with heavy foot traffic?


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?


What type of antifouling or foul-release coating will provide the greatest protection in warm tropical waters, and for how long?


How do I prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?


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


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?


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


How do I prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?


I've seen claims of extreme durability for a new concrete floor coating material exposed to heavy foot traffic. Is there a quick test to determine the validity of these claims?


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?


What are the performance distinctions among various types of intumescent coatings (for example, water-based, solvent-based, epoxies and methacrylates)?


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?


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?


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?


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?


What type of material should I use to achieve bright, bold colors that will last on a concrete floor with heavy foot traffic?


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


What kinds and sources of data are available to support the use of antimicrobial agents in coatings for hospital substrates?


When coating an aged concrete floor, how should one determine the correct sequence of surface preparation among the options of pressure washing and grinding or other concrete removal and roughening methods?


What type of antifouling or foul-release coating will provide the greatest protection in warm tropical waters, and for how long?


What are the most important recommendations for ensuring success in field application of reflective roof coatings to aging single-ply roofs? Do these recommendations vary depending on whether the roof is EPDM, TPO, PVC, or some other type of substrate?


When coating an aged concrete floor, how should one determine the correct sequence of surface preparation among the options of pressure washing and grinding or other concrete removal and roughening methods?


How do you prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?


Where would you use epoxy and cementitious intumescent coatings?


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


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?


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?


Is there a quick way to determine the validity of a claim of “extreme durability” for a new concrete floor coating material exposed to heavy foot traffic?


What are the most important recommendations for successful field application of reflective coatings to aging single-ply roofs?


What can be used in states that will not allow the use of MEK for IOZ testing per ASTM D4752?


What is the best method for removing fluorescent orange spray graffiti from a brick wall?


In what circumstances is third-party inspection recommended for commercial coating work?


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?


What type of material should I use to achieve bright, bold colors on a concrete floor that gets heavy foot traffic?


What is a self-leveling floor coating, and are there any published standards such coatings must meet in terms of smoothness or other visual properties?


What is the best way to protect porous masonry from graffiti?


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


What are the performance distinctions among various types of intumescent coatings (for example, water-based, solvent-based, epoxies and methacrylates)?


What are the pros and cons of using shotblasting to remove a coating system from a concrete floor?


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


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?


Theoretically, how many LEED credits can be acquired for a newly constructed building through the use of coatings and related technologies?


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?


I’ve seen claims of extreme durability for a new concrete floor coating material exposed to heavy foot traffic. Is there a quick test to determine the validity of these claims?


What are the pros and cons of using shotblasting to remove a coating system from a concrete floor?


What are the most important recommendations for successful field application of reflective coatings to aging single-ply roofs?


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


What type of material should I use to achieve bright, bold colors on a concrete floor that gets heavy foot traffic?


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


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?


What type of coating system (and surface prep) should be used to protect a steel factory roof that is subject to hydrochloric acid vapors and other industrial pollutants and particulates in a hot, humid environment?


Under what circumstances is third-party inspection justified on commercial coating work?


What are the pros and cons of acid-staining a concrete floor?


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


How do I prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?


How do you prepare an oil-stained, bare concrete floor for coating?


Why would a pull-off adhesion test give a high value (no failure) for a solventless epoxy that later showed poor adhesion in service?


What are the limitations of rust-encapsulating coatings?


What is the best method for removing production machine oils soaked deeply into a concrete floor before applying a non-skid coating?


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?


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?


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


I've seen claims of extreme durability for a new concrete floor coating material exposed to heavy foot traffic. Is there a quick test to determine the validity of these claims?


What are the most important recommendations for ensuring success in field application of reflective roof coatings to aging single-ply roofs? Do these recommendations vary depending on whether the roof is EPDM, TPO, PVC, or some other type of substrate?


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?


What kind of coating system, including surface preparation, should be used to protect a steel factory roof that is subject to hydrochloric acid vapors and other industrial pollutants and particulates in a hot, humid environment?


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


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?


 
 
   

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