On-Site, Environmentally-Sensitive Repair and Restoration for Aluminum Finishes

MadisonCourthouse-fieldrepaint3An environmentally-responsible coating system is available for on-site repair of damage related to building construction, as well as the restoration of the finish of existing structures. This Aqua air-dry system (ADS) coating for on-site finishing helps preserve commercial and residential properties’ green goals, as well as performance and aesthetics.

The water-based Aqua ADS was created to meet the interior specifications for the Green Seal® Standard and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™, offering very low-VOC (volatile organic compound) content.

According to the LEED 2009 IEQ Credit 4.2: Low Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings, architectural paints and coatings applied to the buildings interior must not exceed the VOC content limits in the Green Seal Standard. Along with the paint, any primer and cleaner used must also fall within the LEED guidelines.

Currently, there is no verification that touch-up, repairs and future renovations of a project certified under LEED for New Construction will be conducted in accordance with the rating system’s objectives. Unless the owner seeks a separate certification for LEED for Commercial Interiors, ensuring LEED-compatible, on-site finishing is unlikely. Linetec, and our field service team, partner with owners, managers, contractors and manufacturers to maintain the criteria outlined by LEED.

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Beyond LEED, more communities and individuals are voicing their concerns about the chemicals and particulates used in restoring and renovating the interior of their homes, 

schools, offices and public spaces. Consider such examples as preservation projects with historical artifacts, health care facilities with sensitive medical equipment and patients with compromised immune systems, residential and office towers with occupants that are reluctant to be relocated during  renovations. These are exactly the types of projects for Linetec and the Aqua ADS low-VOC coating application.

Linetec draws from nearly 30 years of experience in applying low- and no-VOC architectural finishes. For projects in most jurisdictions requiring additional certifications, Linetec’s Field Service team is trained and licensed to meet their local needs.

Architects, building owners and other professionals engaged in green building practices can learn more about the role of finishes by visiting Linetec’s website.

Architectural Coatings article offers AIA continuing education credits

Licenced Architect Earn 1 LU/HSW continuing education credit by reading Linetec’s Architectural Coatings article in this edition of Licensed Architect.

Achieving a smart synergy of aesthetic, performance and sustainable goals includes carefully selecting high-performance architectural coatings.

Whether building a new facility, renovating an existing one or updating a specific area, thoughtfully choosing the finish for a project’s metal building products and surfaces will ensure the longest lifespan.

Much more than enhancing appearance, a finish specification can be the difference in creating lasting performance and a lasting impression.

For durable, metal building products, the architectural industry most often relies on two types of finishes: anodize and paint. Both offer a long-lasting finish, but each has its own characteristics inherent in its application.

This article explains field performance, application processes, specifications and performances of architectural fluoropolymer (PVDF) paints, baked enamels, powder coating and anodize finishes including strengths, weaknesses, weatherability and environmental considerations.  Read article

Online Color Selection and Specification Tool

LINETEC_colorsampleguide-cover-pageLinetec offers a “Select and Spec” tool for architects and design professionals seeking long-lasting finishes for architectural aluminum products. Visitors to www.Linetec.com, click on the link to the tool where they may choose from the color palettes and order their painted aluminum samples.

With more than 30,000 colors in our palette and the ability to match colorsampleguide3-3almost any hue in-house, we wanted to help simplify the selection process for customers, architects and specifiers. When Linetec is the chosen applicator, this online tool will make it even easier to ensure the project’s architectural products are painted to the exact specification for lasting color and performance.

LINETEC_colorsampleguide3-4Eight color families with interactive “chips.” have been established. Clicking on a chip, you can see a larger image and immediately order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal samples are mailed to the contact information provided by the user. Each sample is labeled with an “LT” paint code for reference when specifying the finish for future architectural projects.

Linetec finishes are specified on windows and curtainwall, column covers, canopies and panel systems, door and entranceways in thousands of building projects every year.

 

Linetec celebrates facility expansion in Wausau, Wisconsin with government, community and company leaders

Architectural finishing company adds a third anodize line, jobs, capacity, capabilities

RibbonCutting-2-webOn Dec. 4, Linetec joined with government, community and company leaders to celebrate the opening of a third anodize line at its facility in Wausau, Wisconsin.

In addition to Linetec’s president Rick Marshall, other company leaders and employees were in attendance. Honored guests at the event included: Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Linetec’s parent company; Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple, Wisconsin State Rep. Dave Heaton, plus other representatives from the State of Wisconsin, the City of Wausau and the Wausau Regional Chamber of Commerce. Marshall expressed his appreciation for all involved in the expansion’s success.

Rick-MajorTipple-webAs one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., Linetec completed its 180,000-square-foot addition and associated improvements to expand its existing capacity and capabilities by more than 50 percent. In January 2014, Linetec opened a 30,000-square-foot building addition and a 33 percent capacity increase to its existing anodize lines, which are operating at full capacity.

“As our industry and customers have continued to grow, Linetec has continued to expand our facilities and processes,” said Linetec’s president Rick Marshall. Linetec’s Wausau campus now spans more than 750,000 square feet and provides room to further enhance production flow throughout the facilities. The estimated $15 million investment in Linetec’s growth also brings at least 90 jobs to the city of Wausau, 80 of which already have been filled. New finishing capabilities are another anticipated benefit.

RibbonCutting-5-webLinetec’s anodize is specified on architectural aluminum products, such as window and door systems, storefront framing, sun shades, light shelves, canopies, column covers, panels and flat sheets. Unlike other finishes, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

The addition supports Linetec’s anodize customers across North America. Local, Wausau-based customers include Arow Global of Mosinee, Gordon Aluminum Industries of Schofield, Graham Architectural Products of Merrill, and Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Kolbe Windows and Doors, and Greenheck Fan Corporation of Wausau. “Our successful supply chain partners also attract more businesses to the area, such as Polywood Fabrication and Southern Stretch Forming,” added Marshall.

RibbonCutting-catwalk-web“Anodize capacity in the industry remains very tight. Our third line provides additional anodize capacity. This helps our customers continue to benefit with short and reliable lead times, supporting their growth and their clients’ project timelines,” he continued. “The strategic investments we’ve made to better service our customers have positioned them for a successful future as U.S. construction industry gains strength and national demand for aluminum is estimated to increase 20-30 percent with federal fair trade enforcement.”

Marshall emphasizes that strong, long-lasting customer relationships are at the core of the company’s success. For some customers, Linetec serves as an off-site warehouse that manages inventory, pulling the exact quantities to finish when needed. This saves time, reduces waste and provides a very high-level of consistent quality.

RibbonCutting-4web“Our anodize consistency is truly the best in the world,” Marshall boasted. “The new anodize line, like Linetec’s other anodize lines, are fully automated and use the most recent technology, giving us the best-in-class color consistency and the tightest color ranges in the industry.”

Linetec also pioneered environmental innovations in anodize that resulted in its industry-leading, eco-friendly anodize process. Compared with traditional anodize, Linetec’s process reduces waste by as much as 80 percent, decreases energy use, creates recyclable byproducts and enhances the durability and lifecycle of the finished product.

With the expansion completed, Marshall proudly stated, “Linetec has twice the anodizing capacity as any other anodizer in the U.S. under one roof. We have three anodize lines with 30-foot tanks and four anodizing baths in each line. When running at full capacity, we will have the capability to anodize up to 24,000 pounds of aluminum per hour.”

Marshall concluded, “Over the past year we have expanded the capacity of both our paint and anodize facilities. Linetec is dedicated to supporting our customers growth and will continue to make the investments necessary to keep our capacities at pace with our customers’ requirements.”

For more information about Linetec’s facility and finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com.

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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NOVA Effects coatings provide rich color and vibrant sparkle

Linetec’s newest architectural coatings includes Valspar’s Fluropon Effects Nova finishes. The Nova color family offers richer, deeper hues with an intense sparkle.  Bringing new dimension to classic colors, Nova can be matched to nearly any color – including neutrals, bright colors, pastels, whites and black – with a gold or silver sparkle finish.

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Fluropon Effects Nova coatings meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2605-13, providing outstanding color and gloss retention, withstanding extreme weathering, and resisting dirt, stains, chalking and fading.

Nancy Peden, Valspar’s senior project chemist for extrusion coatings explains, “Using an innovative, patent-pending application process, the Nova family delivers dynamic, eye-catching sparkle in nearly any color you can imagine.”

Fluropon Effects delivers brilliant colors and mesmerizing dimensional effects that have never been achieved in 70 percent PVDF coatings.

Contact Linetec at sales@linetec.com to request samples.

Visit www.linetec.com to learn about all architectural finishes offered by Linetec.

Visit Linetec at the AIA MN EXPO

Visit Linetec at the AIA MN Convention & Product Exposition. November 10-13, 2015  Minneapolis Convention Center – Booth # 746

Linetec will also be presenting our AIA Presentation at the expo:

Event 53: Architectural Coatings: Weathering Performance and Application

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time: 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 103D

 http://www.aia-mn.org/events/convention/ 

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High-Performance Antimicrobial Coatings in Limitless Colors

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Linetec offers antimicrobial protection in 30,000 colors for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces

Linetec offers the use of antimicrobial protection for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces such as handrails, entrances systems, window frames, panels and column covers. These high-performance coatings are available in more than 30,000 color choices.

Linetec provides architectural coatings in nearly any imaginable color with protection that exceeds other conventional finishes on metal building products’ interior and exterior surfaces. Anywhere the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria is a concern, projects can benefit from this extra level of protection. We understand that this is especially important for those working on health care facilities, educational campuses and other public building projects.

The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial and fungi species throughout the planet, many of which travel and migrate via the constant ebb and flow of human foot traffic through an ever-changing population of people visiting public buildings. Under the right conditions, some microbes can double in number every 30 minutes or faster.

At Linetec, antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces. As a fluoropolymer finish containing a minimum of 70 percent PVDF resin, this three-coat system meets requirements of AAMA 2605, the most stringent specification for architectural coatings.

For more information about Linetec’s high-performance finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com. An antimicrobial white paper is available free for download at www.linetec.com/PAINT/Antimicrobial-Protection-Whitepaper.pdf.