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Ever wonder what causes oil canning and how it can be minimized? Oil canning in metal is usually seen as waviness or buckling across the flat areas of sheet metal panels. Purely an aesthetic concern, oil canning doesn’t normally affect the building’s structural integrity. This inherent problem is typically caused by uneven stresses at the fastening points. While oil canning cannot be totally eliminated, it can be minimized by panel design, material handling and, most importantly, the installation process.

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There are two types of rainscreen systems: drainable assemblies and pressure-equalized rainscreen systems.

Drainable assemblies, often referred to as a "drained cavity wall" or "drained/backventilated" (D/B-V) system, take into account that some moisture will be driven past the outer skin and allow this moisture to drain harmlessly away through the use of a drainage plane.

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U-factor (U-value) measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping a home or building. U-factor ratings generally fall between 0.15 and 1.20. The lower the U-factor, the better a product is at keeping heat inside the building. U-factor is particularly important during the winter heating season in colder climates.

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July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was at its highest mark since 2007! According to the latest ABI released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the July ABI score was 55.8, up from 53.5 in June, marking 3 consecutive months of growth. Click here for the national and sector breakdowns.

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An increase in demand for institutional projects has been the leading factor for the rise.  Institutional projects can consist of Education, Childcare, Healthcare, Life Science and Government/Civil projects.  Overall, new architectural projects as a whole have escalated throughout the months.

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