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Is Polyaspartic Coating better than Epoxy or Polyurethane Coating?

Is Polyaspartic Coating better than Epoxy or Polyurethane Coating?

Unless you are a resinous flooring professional or a chemist, it can be hard to differentiate between Polyaspartic, Epoxy or Polyurethane coatings. In many resinous flooring projects they are combined in a flooring system. Each one of these resins serves a purpose.

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Paint vs. Stain: know the difference

Paint vs. Stain: know the difference

Stains penetrate and bond to surfaces, while remaining aspiratory - allowing moisture vapors to escape. Paints, however, rest on top of the surface, trapping moisture between the paint and the surface. In cooler climates, freeze/thaw cycles cause moisture to expand and contract, making paint blister and delaminate - ultimately leading to paint failure or what we call 'paintenance.'

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The allure of 'in-between' colors

The allure of 'in-between' colors

How designing with colors that resist definition will add a new depth of intrigue to any project.

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Architectural Color Trends for 2018

Architectural Color Trends for 2018

When it comes to color predictions and trends for each new year, everyone is releasing their new “it” color or shade, from the fashion scene to home décor to automotive to the architectural and construction industry. This includes Valspar; they do intense research to create distinct trends and themes for the architectural coatings industry. Valspar’s color trends closely align with those of the CMG’s International Key Colors for 2018.

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Color underfoot: new design possibilities with concrete

Color underfoot: new design possibilities with concrete

How colorful stains, dyes, marbling and effects can help you do more with exposed concrete flooring.

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Oceanside: the 2018 color of the year

Oceanside: the 2018 color of the year

It’s a blue unlike any other — Oceanside SW 6496 (172-C7) offers all the intrigue of blue, but with added depth. Imagine the possibilities.

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Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete flooring is one of the hottest trends for homeowners and business owners alike. Thanks to recent advancements in equipment and technology, the process of polishing concrete is more efficient and economical than ever. Concrete surfaces, both old and new, can be polished to a high-luster finish. When compared to other types of flooring: marble, tile, linoleum, wood and coated concrete, polished concrete is more durable and better performing. Polished concrete never needs waxing and is therefore low maintenance as well.

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Modern & Seamless Custom Flooring Systems

Modern & Seamless Custom Flooring Systems

Elite Crete Systems has solutions to concrete floor problems and the design and decor experience to provide a truly unique one of a kind floor system.

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New! West Elm Fall/Winter 2017 Paint Palette

New! West Elm Fall/Winter 2017 Paint Palette

Whether a client wants a perfect neutral, refreshed trim or a bold accent wall, the new West Elm paint palette has a hue for your next project.

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Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

The 10-story, LEED® Gold certified, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate is helping revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot called Block 75, the new building features window, entrance, unitized curtainwall and panel systems finished by Linetec. Contributing to the building’s high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, Linetec also provided the thermal improvement services for the glazing systems’ aluminum framing.

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Achieving Sustainability and Luxury in a Multi-Family Project

Achieving Sustainability and Luxury in a Multi-Family Project

How one designer used Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex and color to help create a LEED-certified and gorgeous apartment complex.

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Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete resurfacing systems open the door to wide range of design and decor options. There are purely functional concrete resurfacing products that will look and feel similar to standard grey concrete floor, but for those who want to take their concrete flooring to whole new level, decorative concrete systems should be considered. Here are some common concrete resurfacing systems with overviews of what the look and design can be expected from each.

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How to deliver true color to your clients

How to deliver true color to your clients

Simple tips to help you improve your understanding of color performance in the paint — ultimately allowing you to deliver more accurate, consistent hues to your clients’ projects.

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Durable skylight finishes by Linetec

Durable skylight finishes by Linetec

Commercial Architecture magazine’s June Portfolio section spotlights California’s Keyes Automotive’s European Mercedes-Benz Dealership featuring a 41-foot-diameter, custom, multi-slope dome skylight from Super Sky Products. The skylight’s durable finishes were applied by Linetec to the aluminum framing members. The finish’s resilient attributes combine with daylight, views and high thermal performance glass to support the dealership’s LEED® Silver certification.

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5 Things to Know About On-Site Finishing Repair and Restoration

5 Things to Know About On-Site Finishing Repair and Restoration

Regardless of its durability, no architectural finish is completely maintenance-free. Periodic cleaning is needed and, in such cases, on-site repair and restoration may be necessary. Here are five things to keep in mind when looking into on-site finishing services.

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Colormix® Forecast 2018

Colormix® Forecast 2018

Like blue meeting yellow to make green, every color is a collision of influences - every palette a fresh chance at community.

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HERMETIC Industrial Flooring

HERMETIC Industrial Flooring

Architect specified a HERMETIC™ Flake Floor instead of terrazzo in this airport terminal. The cost savings was substantial.

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New Design Tools to Meet Green Guidelines

New Design Tools to Meet Green Guidelines

These new and enhanced tools will help you meet green guidelines in sustainability and healthy-home focused projects.

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Navigating the wide selection of polymer overlays over concrete substrates

Navigating the wide selection of polymer overlays over concrete substrates

While cement-based overlays have been around for decades, many of the systems widely available today blend polymer resins with cement, sand and other additives to create a highly durable, attractive and easily maintained flooring overlay systems to be used over concrete.

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Introducing the 2017 Color of the Year

Introducing the 2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams doesn’t usually like to play color favorites, but in this case we can’t resist. The color we anticipate defining 2017 is Poised Taupe SW 6039. Here’s why: This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.

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Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® Paint Colors (January 9, 2017), The Benefits of Water-Based Concrete Stains (January 2, 2017), What are the Flooring Options for a Food Facility Washdown Area (December 28, 2016), Navigating the Wide Selection of Polymer Overlays Over Concrete Substrates (October 31, 2016)