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Historic Philadelphia School Saved by Recycled Content

Friday, January 29th, 2016

In the Fall of 2015, the Horace Furness High School received an Acrymax HP-1 Fully Reinforced Coating System that preserved its existing standing seam and flat seam metal roofs. This is a fluid applied coating system that provides a 45 mil fully reinforced elastomeric membrane system. The primary components in this system were Acrymax’s Elastomeric Coatings w/ Recycled Content.

Upon completion, the Horace Furness High school received a water tight roof that will be easy to maintain in the future. We were able to assist in saving this historic roof while providing the school district with tremendous cost savings over alternatives all while using recycled content products to do it – What is more sustainable than that!!

The coating work was completed by Sioutis Coating Enterprise as a sub-contractor for Ganter Contractors, Inc. The specification was written by Vitetta with consultation work from Steve McLaughlin Roofing Consultant

Horace Howard Furness High School is a secondary school part of the School District of Philadelphia. It is located in South Philadelphia at 1900 S. Third St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was originally built in 1914 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Horace Furness Junior High School in 1986.

If you would like to hear more about the specification and details about this project, please reach out to Eric Bennung – eric@acrymax.com

Please see the following gallery for pictures of the project.

Greenbuild 2013 Today

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Acrymax Technologies is excited to be exhibiting at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia!

Greenbuild Exhibitor - Acrymax

We hope to see you Wednesday and Thursday at the Expo.

We are exhibiting on the 500 mile Pavilion in booth 2404.

Acrymax attends 2013 Greenbuild Leadership Luncheon

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Today I attended the the 2013 Greenbuild Leadership Luncheon. With only about 2 months remaining til Greenbuild Nation comes to the greater Philadelphia area, this was a great event to kick things off. It allowed me to learn more about the work that has gone into Greenbuild 2013, the plans for Greenbuild, and to celebrate the leadership that Philadelphia and the USGBC has contributed to making this event a guaranteed success. Please take a minute to view the honorary chairs of Greenbuild 2013.

This event was held at The Hub – Cira Centre which is located adjacent to 30th Street Station. Given its location and keeping with the spirit of the event, I took the train to and from Philadelphia via the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Line. Not only was this a more environmentally friendly option than driving, but it also was more cost effective than parking in the city and I was able to be more productive on the train. This was truly sustainable option!

See you Later: Marketing Assistant Departs Acrymax

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This is my last day at Acrymax. I am Rachel Bennung and have been working as the marketing assistant with Acrymax since early December. I have been the one responsible for all the “exciting” blogs over the last several months. I hope you enjoyed reading them!

This isn’t the first time I have worked for Acrymax. I previously worked for Acrymax during high school and then again last year for my college internship. After working several other jobs, I came back in December with the roll of marketing assistant. Each time I have worked here I have learned something new about the business. Being a marketing assistant, I was able to see firsthand how and if my marketing initiatives including direct mail, e-mail newsletters, and the blog have worked. I also enjoyed working the NMFT tradeshow in Baltimore.

It has been interesting to learn from my father, Scott Bennung, the president of Acrymax what it takes to run a successful small business. It is cool to think that I am part of the 3rd generation involved in the business that my grandfather started in 1951. While I am moving on, the 3rd generation will be well represented by my brother Eric who is Vice President of the company.

On a final note, my father and brother insisted that I couldn’t leave for my next job until I made a batch of coating. So yesterday off to the lab I went. Under their close supervision, I made a small batch of paint. It was pretty cool to see how a quality coating is put together.

I will take all my experience from Acrymax and apply it to all my ventures in life. Next stop, teaching sailing on the Jersey shore.

So for now I say goodbye to Acrymax, but you never know I might be back! Maybe marketing and selling our great products in the Caribbean.

LEED Recommended For All General Services Administration Buildings

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Early this month, the Green Building Advisory Committee, officially recommended that all General Services Administration (GSA) buildings use the LEED green building certification system. The Green Building Advisory Committee was established by GSA in 2011. The reason for this recommendation is to measure the buildings efficiency. The committee also communicated that LEED should be the primary way to show how agency buildings use energy and water and that LEED standards are the best way to help meet the Energy Independence and Security Act.

Roger Platt, senior vice president of Global Policy & Law, USGBC said, “GSA has been a leader in energy and sustainability, and we are thrilled to see the leaders in the public and private sectors continue to recommend LEED as the best choice for GSA to maintain its leadership status while improving sustainability, reducing energy and saving money for its buildings.”

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently did a study that found LEED certified building use 25 percent less energy than the national average and cost 19 percent less to operate. Click here to learn more about LEED.

Acrymax is a member of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). We offer products that help achieve LEED points. Products include solar reflective coatings and coatings that contain recycled content. Acrymax will be exhibiting at the Greenbuild Expo in Philadelphia November 20-22.

Click here to read the press release: GSA’s Green Building Advisory Committee Recommends LEED For All GSA Buildings on Facilities Management.

Elastomeric Coatings on Commercial Structures

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The Dow Chemical Company which is a supplier of Acrymax wrote a recent article in Durability and Design. The article is titled Elastomeric Acrylic Coatings for use on Commercial Structures. The article discusses why you should use elastomeric coatings for roof coatings, exterior insulation and finishing systems, and exterior wall coatings for concrete and masonry surfaces on commercial architecture.

Elastomeric coatings have unique properties that make them a great choice where elongation and flexibility are needed.

The article breaks down elastomeric acrylic coatings uses in three ways:

  • Elastomeric roof coatings
  • Exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS)
  • Elastomeric acrylic wall coatings

Elastomeric Roof Coatings
There are two important reasons for acrylic roof coating. First, it protects the roof from all the elements of weather. Second, with a finish color of white a “cool roof” is created which helps fight the urban heat island effect. A cool roof  keeps the building from having excessive heat buildup and makes the roof energy efficient. Some elastomeric coatings become dirty and they lose their reflectivity as they age. So you should select an elastomeric roof coating that will be dirt-resistance. Acrymax would be a great choice in this avenue!

Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems
Elastomeric acrylic polymers are sometimes used in EIFS finish coats more specifically flexible-textured finish coats. The benefit to using flexible-textured coats is that the polymer is very soft which offers better crack-bridging properties. The crack-bridging properties and good elongation of elastomeric acrylics help to maintain the continuous membrane even with movement.

Elastomeric Acrylic Wall Coatings
Concrete and masonry surfaces are very susceptible to surface cracking, but using elastomeric acrylic wall coatings can help this. Elastomeric acrylic wall coatings possess a hydrophobic nature and can be applied in thick films which offer good barrier properties. These coatings can be used to bridge hairline cracks, but you must use a thick enough film.

Elastomeric acrylic coatings have many benefits and properties that make them a great choice for these applications on commercial structures. Click here read the full article and see the tests they performed.

What is the Best Application Equipment?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

So now you have the product with which you plan to coat your roof. How should I apply those coatings and what equipment will I need?

In this blog, we will talk about the different equipment you can use, and where they are most applicable.

Brief summary:

  • Brushing is suitable for small areas, edges or corners.
  • Rollers are useful on larger and relatively flat surfaces.
  • Spraying is best for large areas, but also works very well on irregular shapes.

Brushing is slower than other methods of paint or coating application. So you would mainly use brushes for small areas and cutting in corners or edges. Generally you want to use a good synthetic bristle brush.

Rollers are great for use of large and flat areas. They don’t require as much skill as spraying. Rollers are not as effective in applying paint evenly. You have to be careful with application using a roller you can produce unintentional roller marker or a “stipple” effect. Generally for latex paints such as Acrymax you should use synthetic fiber covers.

Airless spray is great for covering large areas but requires more skill to use. When you use airless spray you need to first choose the tip you will be using. For more information on what is required in choosing the spray tip click here. While spraying you typically want to hold the sprayer so the tip is 10-12 inches from the surface. The secret to good spray painting is to apply even coats.

You may need to use more than one method to complete your job. Make sure you use the correct equipment for the best results.

Click here for more information on application equipment and recommendations for specific Acrymax Coatings.

Attention: Building Owners – Schedule your roof inspection today!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately they may bring roof leaks as well.

Winter is tough on your roof. The damage the harsh weather can cause and the roof leaks that result can cause serious harm to your building. Your roof should be inspected at least 2 times per year (or more) and it is wise to schedule inspections in the Spring and the Fall. You should also inspect your roof after the occurrence of significant weather events that may have damaged your roof.

Visual inspections of your roof should include:

  • Inspection of roof membrane, flashings, roof drains, gutters, and other components of the roofing system for any damage that may have occurred.
  • Identification of conditions that may affect the long-term performance of the roof.
  • Development of list of corrective actions needed.

Most damage can be easily repaired with Acrymax coatings. Applying Acrymax coatings in combination with fabric reinforcement can seal cracks, repair flashings, and fix other roof problems.

  • Acrymax elastomeric coatings including AF-130BC and AF-130 are available in 1 gallon or 5 gallon pails.
  • AF-315 is a unique heavy bodied fibrated material that is especially useful for roof repairs. AF-315 is also available in 1 and 5 gallon pails.
  • Poly-1 reinforcement fabric is available in 4”, 6”, 12”, 18”, and 40” widths and varying lengths.
  • Another great product for roof repair is Eternabond. We offer this self stick tape with reinforcement in 4”, 6”, or 12” widths.

Roof inspections are a critical first step in keeping your roof in shape. So check out your roof today! If you would like us to recommend an Acrymax approved applicator to inspect your roof give us a call at 800-553-0523.

Spring is Here: Coating System Installation

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Part 3 of 3

With the first day of spring, we want to focus on coating system installation and specifically on weather!

Spring is a great time to apply coatings, but like anytime of the year, applicators should be conscientious of the weather. Waterborne coatings require good exterior painting conditions. At a minimum, you will want 24 hours of 45 F temperatures and no rain/dew in the forecast.

A Few Do’s & Don’ts

  • Avoid freezing temperatures
  • Don’t take chances with rain or dew
  • Be observant of the weather conditions as they can quickly change
  • In very warm or cold temperatures, apply coatings in multiple thinner applications rather than 1 or 2 heavy applications.

Remember that spring is one of the heaviest seasons for pollen! This may deposit on your roof and needs to be cleaned off between coats

For a complete recommendation on weather conditions, please see ATB-101.

Please explore the previous segments in our lead up to spring, roof systems selection & preparation.

Spring is on the Way: Prepare for Coating

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We’re getting closer; only 17 days now until spring! In our last blog we talked about Roof System Selection. This week we want to focus on preparation. Preparation is one of the most important and critical steps for successful and long lasting roof coating applications.

You must make sure the preparation of the roof is done correctly to get the best results for a long lasting roof. First step in the preparation is removing all the dirt, debris, oils, and contaminants from the roof. This can be done by the following methods:

  • High Pressure washing
  • Vacuuming/Air-blowing
  • Mechanical cleaning

Beyond your standard contaminants (dirt, debris, etc.), your project may have contaminants that require more rigorous methods to remove.  Corrosion needs to be well prepared and may require wire brushing or other aggressive methods. Biological growth may require chemical cleaning additives. Certain surfaces like EPDM are generally wash-primed with products like Acrymax PR-101 in order to accept coatings.

Preparation is a crucial step in any coating system process and should be evaluated. This can be done with a tape test which involves applying masking tape to the surface, and then peeling off the tape. If there are contaminates on the tape that will interfere with adhesion of the coating, further cleaning or use of a primer are necessary. A primer is NOT a substitute for good preparation.

Acrymax Technical Bulletin ATB-103 describes preparation methods and how to evaluate the effectiveness of the preparation method used.

Check out our next blog on Coating System Installation.


 
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