A Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for aluminum coatings

High quality architectural painted and anodized finishes are extremely durable. But even the best finishes still need a little TLC.

Even with the most careful treatment of the windows, curtainwall or storefront during installation and in their daily use, occasional damage will occur.

This Protecting-your-aluminum-finish guide shares recommended care of painted and anodized finishes on architectural metal and examines three levels of concern: care and cleaning, minor repairs and field touch-up, and more complex refinishing caused by severe damage.  read more

Recommendations from the Paint Manufacturers

PPG and Valspar – offers two main precautions: (1) do not use wire brushes, abrasives or similar cleaning tools which will mechanically abrade the coatings surface, and (2) certain cleaning agents (listed in full article) should be tested in an inconspicuous area before use on a large scale.

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PPG’s full cleaning and maintenance guide can be found here.

Valspar’s full cleaning and maintenance guide can be found here.

Kean University’s Green Lane Building inspires learning – Curtainwall, sun shades, skylight, entrance systems finished by Linetec

Kean_University_4Kean University’s west entrance welcomes visitors with a bold architectural statement exemplified in the newly completed Green Lane Academic Building on the Union, New Jersey campus. Designed by Gruskin Architecture & Design, P.C., the award-winning 102,275 square-foot building’s geometric glass and aluminum façade was finished by Linetec. The dramatic exterior elements include a six-story sloping glass radius curtainwall on the northeast elevation and a five-story radius curtainwall on the south side, both accented with sun shades.

Opened in January 2014, the new Michael Graves School of Architecture and Robert Kean_University_15Busch School of Design are housed within the Green Lane Academic Building, as well as the university’s expanding business program. The public Barnes & Noble bookstore and café with outside seating area reinforces the connection between the university and the surrounding community.

Dobco, Inc. served as the general contractor on the project, which was estimated at $40 million. Beginning in July 2012, Dobco’s team worked closely with the subcontractors and manufacturers to achieve the design by Gruskin Group™. “This is by far the most unique project I have worked on from a design and constructability standpoint,” Gary Snee, Dobco’s project manager acknowledged. “The radius and sloping curtainwall made it a challenge.”

Bringing their vision to reality, the unitized curtainwall, pressure wall, aluminum sun shades, storefronts, entrances and tilted ellipse glass handrails were fabricated and glazed by Graham Architectural Products – Curtain Wall Solutions, and installed by Union County Plate Glass Company. Super Sky Products Enterprises manufactured and installed the skylight system.

Kean_University_17Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing of these architectural building products in a silver color using PPG’s 70% PVDF Duranar XL and Duranar Sunstorm™. These 70% PVDF resin-based coatings meet the stringent requirements of AAMA 2605 and exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals, which ensures the campus’ intended statement endures.

According to Graham’s manufacturing team, Green Lane Academic Building’s design includes several flat vertical walls, a segmented radius, a 56-degree outside corner, parapets, soffits and a tilted ellipse feature wall. Unlike a traditional inverted radius wall with a slope, the intent of the tilted ellipse was to keep the radius constant, with the center of the radius projecting out 4.5 feet at every floor moving up the building. It “was all very complicated. If you can envision an ice cream cone on the side of an undulating building that’s basically all glass,” described Nick Irwin, Graham’s products sales representative.

The south side of the building also showcases a monumental staircase with bench seating and glass rails. The sixth floor offers a 1,200-square-foot circular meeting room with 18-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a 4,500-square-foot roof terrace with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

While the glazing systems offer large window views and daylight, the nearly 6,000 linear Kean_University_27feet of sun shades assist in keeping the occupants comfortable and energy use low by managing the unwanted solar heat gain and glare. These attributes can contribute to projects pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants and re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line. The resulting finish provides durability and requires minimal maintenance throughout the building’s lifespan.

“We’re all very proud of the job,” concluded Gary Tongco, national sales manager for Graham’s curtainwall solutions. Recognizing the building team’s accomplishments, the project’s honors include the AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Gold Award.

Kean_University_21-web“We are honored that our design for this building has been appreciated by so many,” Kenneth A. Gruskin, AIA, principal and founder of Gruskin Group told NJ.com. “The building is a testament to Kean University, the Kean Board of Trustees, and Dr. Dawood Farahi’s pursuit of providing a world-class education and the facilities to match. Without their vision, this out-of-the-box design would not have been conceivable. The Green Lane building is a good example of where design for higher education is headed – with a greater emphasis on creating a more engaging, experiential and memorable on-campus, multi-faceted student experience.”

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Kean University, Green Lane Academic Building, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, New Jersey 07083

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 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

For more information about Linetec’s finishing and other services please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

Linetec mimics terra cotta’s look and feel in new painted finish

TerraCotta_166Linetec introduces a new paint finish to mimic the look and feel of natural terra cotta. The finish utilizes a 70% PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta.

“There is no doubt terra cotta wall panels have made a significant splash in the building façade market,” says Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Terra cotta offers a unique and attractive element to any building envelope. While this new finish cannot replicate all of the properties and design elements of terra cotta, we can offer a paint finish on wall panels that looks and feels like the real thing. And, we can do it at a cost that may better fit projects where terra cotta is desired, but cannot be afforded.”

In addition to affordability, Close also notes that aluminum wall panels painted with the terra cotta finish are lighter, can come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and can be delivered in a shorter time frame. Furthermore, Linetec’s new paint is available in four color choices of terra cotta

As a 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating, Linetec’s terra cotta painted finish meets the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s most stringent, high-performance specification standard, AAMA 2605-13. These architectural finishes are tested to exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.”

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other green building choices, such as using recycled aluminum content, and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.

For samples or more information about Linetec’s new terra coating paitned finish, and other services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit www.linetec.com.

Top Color Trends for 2013 – According to Valspar

Let’s start the year with a fresh set of paint color selections. Finding a perfect color for your project can be challenging. Valspar brings many inspirations, tips and tools to ease the color selection process.

Color-Matters

“Color, like features, follow the changes of emotions.”  Pablo Picasso

Valspar has completed intense research, analysis and forecasting  to learn about the immediate and long terms goals of it’s market. These color trends are refined into sets of pallets that tell an overarching story.

They have found that we are moving into untested grounds. A place where things are not so simple and clear — and the boundaries are blurred. So as we explore different ways to deal with uncertainty, this gives us a sense of control, not just playful escape. It is our innate urge to live out and find ingenious ways to enrich our life, habitat and future.

Use of color is an important aspect of architecture can sometimes be overlooked.Colors and forms merge to develop energy, reflective of contemporary urban landscapes. Imposing structures can affect how we go about our everyday lives and can impact city living in a positive way.

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Warm mica and metallic finishes have recently emerged within silver and gray colors.  Warm, pearlised painted aluminum are starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes are also emerging as a newer trend.

Color-Matters_blackBlack is an elemental color for all creative’s with its striking aesthetics. An increased use of matte black and soft-touch blacks are surfacing through architectural  products and design. The dark black hue creates  a striking contrast with natural surroundings, particularly in areas where vegetation is rich.

 

Color-Matters_curve-appealThese bold colored hues drive trends of inspiration and experimental finishes. Carefully used bold colors in architecture bring another experience into the environment and space.  As colors are becoming more important in our lives, these bold hues are coming forward in architectural design.

Check out more information on the hot new colors for 2013 predicted by the Valspar color experts!

For more information on your finishing needs contact Linetec.

What are high-performance PVDF (Kynar) Paints

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The most commonly used paints in architectural applications in North America are called 70% PVDF or fluoropolymer paints. An example of a trade name of a PVDF resin is Kynar 500 manufactured by Arkema. High-performance paint provide a robust weathering, fade and chalk resistant, beautiful finish that should last for decades when cared for properly.

Linetec expands service throughout the Southwest

Linetec Managed Trucking travels the United States

Responding to customers across the Southwest, we have expanded our service and distribution to include Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Rob Seils, our South-Central territory sales manager, provides customers across the region with liquid painting, powder coating, and anodize finishing services for architectural aluminum. Examples of customers’ products include window and door systems’, storefront framing, sun shades, light shelves, canopies, column covers, panels and flat sheet.Rob Seils, Regional Sales Manager

As the nation’s largest independent architectural finisher, Linetec operates its own fleet of trucks providing customers with weekly pickup and delivery services. “This makes outsourced finishing an easy, turnkey operation. Customers get the benefit of a dedicated carrier, which provides convenient, safe and efficient transport of our customers’ material. They don’t need to spend time finding and scheduling a contracted hauler to make the delivery,” says Seils. “We know that material will be picked up and delivered on time and on schedule. Using experienced drivers, we also ensure material is loaded properly to protect against damage.”

“At Linetec, we offer several managed trucking options, including partial loads, which help manage freight costs by effectively sharing a truck with other customers in the delivery area,” adds Seils.

Further supporting its customers, Linetec recently published the first guide specification for shop-applied metal paint and anodize finishes. “Section 05 0513 Shop Applied Coatings for Metal 3-part Guide Specification” is available for download from our Linetec  website – www.linetec.com.

The document can be found in the “Architect Resources” section along with continuing education series presentations and other information. Visitors can also subscribe to the Linetec educational e-newsletter by emailing sales@linetec.com.