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Author: Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager

Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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Finishing innovations, options and trends for architectural aluminum products

Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, discusses color innovations and sustainability strides in anodize, biophilic design in architectural coatings, and the latest in metallic and mica coatings. “Anodizing successfully combines science with nature to create one of the world’s best metal finishes by accelerating and enhancing the oxidation of the aluminum substrate. This process produces an oxide film that is uniform, extremely hard and protects the aluminum substrate from deterioration. It provides the highest performance finish for aluminum. Its longevity is its strength. It delivers excellent wear and abrasion resistance.”

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High-performance architectural coatings for extruded aluminum

Manufacturers of window, storefront, entrance, curtainwall, skylight framing; rainscreen and canopy systems; and exterior sun shades and interior light shelves all rely on aluminum extrusions to achieve the dependable strength and performance of their architectural products. High-performance, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings provide product manufacturers, architects, specifiers and building owners with the capability to select nearly any conceivable color or combination of colors, while enhancing their products’ durability and longevity. A better understanding of the components, aesthetic options and performance specifications will help with selecting the best architectural coating for the architectural extrusions to meet the unique applications and project requirements.

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Architectural color trends: conceptual inspiration to practical application

People rely on sight more than any other sense to take in information. The modern world makes it easier and more important than ever to share visual information. Color affects the interpretation of this visual information – both in terms of comprehending and remembering its meaning, and in relating and reacting to it. The color choice for a building’s exterior not only affects the people who work, shop, learn, heal and live inside it, but also those in neighboring buildings and even those passing by it.

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