ALPOLIC metal composite materials (MCM) are some of the most sought-after architectural products because of their quality, versatility and the wide range of finishes. While there are options, choosing the wrong paint system can leave you with a finish that looks muted after just a few years. We often receive inquiries about the types of paint used in manufacturing our MCM, specifically what the differences are between polyester and more expensive fluoropolymer finishes. While they do look similar, at least initially, the variances are more often seen in their performance over time and are clear when reviewing the warranty limitations. Understanding the chemical component of each helps our customers make informed decisions about what is best for their specific projects.
Protective coatings are utilized for asset preservation on many structures, but some of the most important and valuable assets in North America are welded steel potable water storage tanks. The coating technology available to the owner or specifier of these tanks is diverse, so it can be difficult to select the most sustainable solution.
Categories Water Tanks/Infrastructure
In 2001, the Granbury municipal water tank became the first water tank in the United States to receive an exterior finish coat of Series 700 Hydroflon. Tnemec designed the Hydroflon series as a specialty fluoropolymer coating for tanks and exposed steel structures. In 2015 the Granbury tank was re-evaluated to determine the durability of the Hydroflon system.
Interstate 74 bridges Bettendorf, IA, and Moline, IL, over the Mississippi River. The original bridge was built in June 1934, with construction starting on a twin bridge in July 1958. The original spans, designed by Ralph Modjeski, merged in 1975. And by 1994, vehicle traffic had doubled, prompting the Illinois (IL) DOT to appropriate millions of dollars for a new bridge design.
Guest Author: Gary Edgar, National Coil and Extrusion Specification Manager, PPG Building Products Fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) fluoropolymer powder coatings are well known for their anti-corrosive properties. But it’s their aesthetic impact on commercial building applications that is making them a top specification for architects looking to design legacy-building projects. While t...