Thermal improvement matters for energy efficiency in both warm and cold climates

SHORE MEM INT NJModel Energy Codes adopted across the U.S. are directing buildings to achieve more efficient performance. Whether trying to keep the warmth inside in cold climates or trying to keep the heat outside in warm climates – Linetec helps optimize aluminum architectural manufacturers’ systems to meet thermal requirements in all climate zones.

Thermal Barriers

Linetec enhances the thermal performance of architectural metal products, such as window, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems.

Using a thermal barrier system improves performance by separating the aluminum profile into two parts, while maintaining the structural and long-term durability of the unit. The two methods for doing this are:

While both methods achieve high thermal performance, thermal strut also simplifies dual finishing, where the interior and exterior surfaces may be finished in different colors and formulations.

Curves and Corners

SONY DSCThere’s no need to sacrifice creative design for thermal performance or condensation resistance. Beyond linear extrusions, thermal improvement services are available for

Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been formed helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified.

Linetec performs all these services in the proper order, to industry-leading quality assurance standards, and in the same location to retain the full warranty.

Learn More

Learn more about thermal improvement and finishing services by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting the optimal performance for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email or call 888-717-1472.

If you’re attending the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national conference and Architecture Expo, please visit us in person at booth #3353 in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The exhibit hall is open April 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; April 29, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.


The Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral shimmers with Linetec’s finishing

PortCanaveral3-webExploration Tower at Port Canaveral’s shimmering, iridescent exterior welcomes visitors to Florida’s Space Coast and Canaveral Cove. The seven-story, sail-shaped, metal-clad tower showcases the first use of a mica coating that appears to shift its color in different light and at different angles. Achieving this distinctive effect, Linetec spray-applied Valspar’s Kameleon™ Color to Firestone Metal Products’ UNA-CLAD™ metal wall panels.

Taking its cues from the shapes and hues of the port, GWWO Inc./Architects designed the 23,000-square-foot structure to express the common characteristics of “transience, function and imagery.” GWWO selected Blue Pearl II color-changing paint to capture the themes of revitalization and change it sought to represent for the Port Canaveral area. Along with its unique appearance, Linetec applied the finish in accordance with AAMA-2605 to withstand Florida’s hurricane wind speeds, unrelenting sun and salt spray.

Read more in Design and Building with Metal’s feature 

See our project success story here 

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Photos by Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc.

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Linetec People to Know – Paul Bratz

Paul Bratz (2)Q: Tell me about your job

A: As Operations Manager my job is very exciting – there is no typical day. There is an element of day-to-day firefighting, but also a concentration on process improvement and planning for the future. Apogee’s guidance on Continuous Improvement and Lean has helped to focus our efforts. Our strong growth over the last few years has been exciting (and challenging) as well.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec I worked at American Wood Fibers in Schofield, Wisconsin. American Wood Fibers manufactures pet bedding from compressed bales of wood shavings, and wood flour that’s used primarily as a filler in plastics and adhesives. It’s an interesting process where wood waste from several of the door and window manufacturers in the area (many of which are Linetec customers) is processed into these useful items rather than landfilled or used as boiler fuel.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: The best part of my job is working with a wide variety of people in different capacities throughout the organization. I also enjoy working for a company with a track record of success and growth. Our culture and core values are one of the differentiators – they help make the tough days worth it.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: At the current time, labor availability is the largest challenge. We’re enjoying a strong economy today. Many businesses in our local community are hiring. To recruit and hire high-caliber people, we have to set a high standard and promote our strengths – culture, safety, stability and environmental responsibility.

Q: Are there any finishing type or color trends that you seeing more of lately?

A: White colors seem to be trending up at the current time. A few years ago, the trend was aluminum-flaked metallic colors with clear coats, but this has migrated more recently to mica-flaked “metallic” coatings without the need of clear top coats. Mica coatings are less sensitive than metallic’s to the flake orientation dynamics, helping to minimize the risk of metallic variation.

PaulBratz-flambeauQ: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I’m looking forward to summer activities. Golfing, biking, fishing and grilling out with friends are some of my favorites.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: Outside of work, I enjoy bicycling. I’m not a particularly gifted or fast rider, but I enjoy endurance riding. We have a local 24-hour mountain bike race that I usually participate in and I also do several rides of 100 miles or more each summer. I find cycling to be a great way to relax and enjoy time with friends, particularly when it involves a cold beer after long ride.

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