August 23, 2023
Masonry construction, with its timeless charm and durability, is a cornerstone of architectural design. However, maintaining its integrity and longevity requires addressing the challenges posed by moisture management. This is where Mortar Net Solutions comes into the picture, revolutionizing the way we approach moisture control in masonry structures.
Introducing new brick colors: Beyond plain white, the Belden Brick Company expands design possibilities
June 15, 2023
The Belden Brick Company is introducing new brick colors that go beyond the traditional plain white brick, catering to the growing demand for lighter and whiter bricks in contemporary architecture and home design. The company is excited to present four distinct options: Winter Mist Sanded Rustic, Sedgemoor, Glacier White Smooth, and Glacier White Velour. These bricks offer a range of textures and finishes, from rustic and textured to smooth and sleek, making them popular choices for modern architectural styles.
November 21, 2022
The aesthetic and material benefits of sustainable, well-engineered timber curtain walls are well documented. But Unicel Architectural’s Therm+ H-I curtain wall systems with proven RAICO technology and high-quality glazing by Unicel Architectural take curtain wall performance to the next level. That’s because each Therm+ H-I curtain wall system (available in sizes of 56 and 76 mm) combines lightweight and elegant design with Passive House certification-level thermal insulation, along with superior wind resistance and greater air tightness than any other curtain wall product on the market.
October 31, 2022
"No masonry is truly waterproof, whether the result of capillary action, absorption or construction error", says Gary Johnson in SmartSolutions, a Masonry Educational Series on mortarnet.com. "During the multi-decade life spans of typical high-quality structures, drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance wall. Drying of the wall by promoting ventilation within the cavity is of increased importance, most recently due to the application of continuous insulation close to the exterior of the structure."
September 30, 2022
In masonry cavity walls, mortar collection above the flashing and weep hole levels is vital for proper masonry cavity wall performance and to prevent water damage. In today’s walls, it’s common to see a 2” cavity reduced to the minimum requirement of 1” with the inclusion of insulation, so the need for better ventilation is essential to keep the wall dry and trouble-free. MortarNet™ with Insect Barrier™ suspends mortar droppings above the flashing and weeps, so they stay clear and unobstructed. The patented Insect Barrier helps deter insects from entering the cavity through the weep holes. Its NEW design using a structural strand polymer mesh allows moisture to flow to the weeps and significantly greater airflow within the cavity to promote drying.
May 30, 2022
The AAG Advanced Architectural Grilleworks exclusive Plaster J-Bead® * frame (*patent) combined with quality linear bar grille cores provides a flush, borderless installation for plaster and drywall applications on walls and/or ceilings. Also known in the industry as a 'mud grille' or 'plaster grille', it provides a seamless installation enabling you to smoothly capture the contour of any wall or ceiling.
January 3, 2022
Daylighting design can be challenging, but we’re here to help. In this article you’ll find some tips on where to use specific glazing materials, the best way to configure a system for your needs, some information on loads and codes, and more.
August 4, 2021
Weep Vents are commonly placed directly on the flashing at the bottom of the wall, below finished floor and above finished grade. What may be new to some is that now, it is becoming more common to also place weep vents at the top of the wall, either just below the shelf angle (commercial or multi-story) or just below the facia and soffit of a residential structure.
March 3, 2021
Deflection. Drainage. Drying. These are the basics of water management. Deflect water wherever possible and ensure any water that is present can drain. It is important to make provisions to dry out the areas that get wet. The techniques are simple, and with Kingspan GreenGuard products and support, the tools are readily available.
December 9, 2020
County Materials’ Rib Rock Landscape Block covers more square footage with less material, providing strong structural integrity to meet tight construction schedules.
November 16, 2020
Ceilings, walls, and installation systems identified to meet CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting.
November 9, 2020
Safe Buildings Begin with Safe Designs. Sliding doors and moveable partition walls are found in a variety of projects ranging from school gymnasiums to conference center facilities. Miller Edge products help you comply with relevant safety standards and building codes for such installations. Partition walls create a potential hazard point along the leading edge as the door is closing and a potential entrapment area in the pocket as the door is opening. Miller Edge manufactures products to guard against injury in both areas.
November 1, 2018
No masonry is truly waterproof, whether the result of capillary action, absorption or construction error. During the multi-decade life spans of typical high-quality structures, drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance wall. Drying of the wall by promoting ventilation within the cavity is of increased importance, most recently due to the application of continuous insulation close to the exterior of the structure.
October 19, 2018
Designing the look and feel of a building’s daylighting is a delicate balance of considerations. Primary among them is how solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) affects a fenestration system, including wall systems and skylights. Deciding how much solar radiation to allow through glazing or translucent sandwich panels requires answering the following questions:
May 1, 2018
LuxCore are translucent panels that pass sanitary codes and are easy to clean. Therefore, it is suitable for wet environments such as commercial kitchens and baths. LuxCore resists scratching and is highly durable, making it perfect Wall protection in high traffic areas.
November 22, 2017
High performance insulated wall systems like the innovative StoTherm® ci XPS provide the air, weather and thermal tightness required for today’s most energy-efficient architecture, but are also cost-effective and provide designers with a wide range of aesthetic options.
November 15, 2017
The design challenges facing architects and builders when renovating older buildings are considerable from increasing energy efficiency, to navigating inherited structural and building code changes. Here are five projects highlighting how such issues were solved, and illustrate some incredible transformations.
October 2, 2017
As the use of glass in offices and workspaces grows in popularity the world over, its many uses are being discovered and put to use in the most modern buildings and retail locations everywhere from Beijing to London, Barcelona to Zurich, and of course Los Angeles to New York City. From colored glass to sliding glass, textured glass to ceiling glass and much more, one thing is clear: glass interiors are on-trend and have the stylish staying power that will keep your office from needing a facelift forever.
September 19, 2017
As manufacturers offer a variety of full and thin veneer masonry product options, it’s easier than ever to create stunning features for new home and business construction or remodels, all at an affordable price. In addition, masonry veneer applications can increase home and property values, all while reducing insurance costs due to their high fire and moisture resistance.
September 15, 2017
This visual blog highlights how architects incorporate Kalwall® as a centerpiece in projects across a wide range of industries.